If you haven’t caught this USA Today article (posted first by Motoring File), then it’s definitely worth checking out.
Special models can skew depreciation. Sports cars, some luxury models and others with strong appeal to enamored buyers hold their values well. Thus, the Mini Cooper S and the Mazda RX-8 sports car are expected to depreciate slowly.
Sure, another article about how well the MINI holds it’s value (Roxy is still pushing $16K high KBB with 65K miles on the clock), but it’s more about car values in general, less about the MINI. Very worth while read.
Just found this one over at Forbes.com:
And what, pray tell, does all this have to do with the absolutely fun, fast, fuel-sipping, $16,449 Mini Cooper we drove recently? We think a heck of a lot. See, the Mini, although it costs about $3,500 more than the Scion xA, and about $2,000 more than the $13,680 Scion xB, is a way better car by nearly every measure. Style? It has that in spades. Handling? It will run rings around a Scion xA or xB–although the new Scion sports car, the $16,465 tC, should give the Mini at least a strong fight. And by the way, this car has done quite well indeed in government crash tests (more on this below).
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It is a very interesting article comparing Scion to MINI. Worth reading