I know this topic has been covered, but am looking for anything new (especially experience with Fiat). I'd like to leave Ford, Subaru, Suzuki, VW, etc. out of the equation. I need a small car to be able to fit more bikes in the garage. Currently there is a long-of-tooth Prius in that space. Also must be able to do a bi-weekly commute on the I95 between New York and DC. Would like the car to be fun to drive to the grocery store and occasional 45 mile trips into Manhattan. It would also be nice if the vehicle was at least a little fun, because I'm not allowed any more bikes. Am considering convertible and non-convertible Coopers and the Fiats. Coopers are 8 to $10,000 more with similar options. Based on quick test drives, I liked the Fiat better. I felt less like I was sitting in a hole. On the other hand the Cooper seemed a little perkier. I'm going to to more extended tests this weekend. Would be happy to hear any yays and nays on either vehicle. Also on the Cooper front the Countryman is too big, so I'm not considering it.