The 2023 MINI Electric Hardtop 2 Door is a genuine descendant of the original English Mini that first revolutionized small car design and driving in 1959. That is the best reason to consider buying one. Transitioning to all-electric driving, bit so much.

The EPA estimates the MINI EV can only go 114 miles on a full charge of electricity, second lowest only to the 2023 Mazda CX-30, which is estimated at a mere 100. Sure, you can argue that both are adequate for daily in-town driving, but several current EVs offer a lot more range for a lot less money.

Jim Redden is a reporter based in Portland, Ore.

“I am a community journalist because that is where the greatest need is. There are many sources of information and opinion about international and national issues. But most people are more affected by what happens in their local communities. That is where they live, work and shop. That is where their children go to school. That is where their elected officials, business owners and labor leaders are most accessible. And that is why people need the most current information what is happening — or, more importantly, what is going to happen — in their communities. Providing accurate and up-to-date information that people need to make well-informed decisions on the issues they care about is what community journalism is all about.”

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