I found myself in the same position last week. Having driven both, I love the Fiat and could live with the mini. Trouble was, both were priced $4-5K above what I wanted to pay for something I really don't need. Ended up finding a Smart ForTwo Passion Cab, one owner, 15K miles for under 10 grand, which will work out perfectly for me.
But I don't have to commute, especially between New York and DC. The biggest job this baby is going to have is driving my pups to the park, which is no longer 3 blocks away.
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace" - Jimi Hendrix
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other. -- Oscar Ameringer