5 ways to get more MPGs from the already fuel-efficient Mini

Anyone who’s interested in MPGs knows that Minis are top-notch in regard to eco-conscious and cost-conscious driving. When it comes to great fuel efficiency, Minis are anything but small in stature. As a matter of fact, Cars.com rated the Mini Cooper – with its 37 MPG on the highway – as the best in the two-seater class when it comes to gas mileage.

Across the board, Minis get, on average, about 35 MPG on the highway. Even the Countryman (a virtual behemoth in the Mini line of vehicles) still gets 31 MPG on the highway. All in all, the family of Mini vehicles is a real powerhouse in terms of gas mileage.

For those out there in the Mini community who want to get even more out of a gallon of gas, there are a few ways to make it happen, believe it or not. BankRate.com published a large collection of tips, and for today’s purposes, we here at Mini of Ontario thought that we would offer up five of them:

1. Fill up with a lower-octane gasoline. Buy the lowest grade or octane of gasoline that is appropriate for your car. Unless your car requires premium gasoline, filling up your car with high-octane fuel is a waste of money. That pricey premium fuel won’t boost your car’s fuel economy or performance in the least, so skip it.

If you’re not sure what grade of fuel works best for your car, open up your owner’s manual and take a look. As long as your engine doesn’t knock or ping when you fuel up with regular unleaded, you’re good to drive on this much cheaper gas. Passing on pricey premium gasoline could save you hundreds of dollars a year.

2. Don’t top off. Don’t bother topping off when filling your car’s gas tank. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out. Why waste your money paying for gas your car won’t use? Stop pumping at the first indication that your tank is full when the automatic nozzle clicks off.

3. Tighten up that gas cap. Gas will evaporate from your car’s gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year, according to the Car Care Council. So be sure to tighten up that gas cap each time you fuel up your car.

4. Go for the shade. The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna also zaps fuel from your gas tank.

“If you let your car bake in the sun there’s going to be a greater amount of evaporative emissions that take place than if you park in the shade,” says Jim Kliesch, research associate at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and vehicle analyst for GreenerCars.com.

So park your car in the shade of a building or tree whenever possible. And buy a good windshield shade. A windshield shade blocks sunlight and helps to keep heat out of the inside of your car.

5. Use your garage for your car. Got a garage? Clear it out and make room for your car. Parking in your garage will help your car stay warm in winter and cool in summer, and you won’t have to depend as much on your gas-guzzling air-conditioning or defroster when you drive.

So that wraps up today’s tips on MPGs. But don’t fret; we’ll post a few more sometime next week. So stay tuned to the Mini of Ontario blog. We have good things in store.

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See what’s in store for the new Mini Countryman

More times than not, change is good. And so was the case when we here at Mini of Ontario learned about the new modifications coming to the Mini Countryman.

“Detailed refinements to the car’s design and the selection of materials available for the interior shine the spotlight even more brightly on a premium character none of the Mini Countryman’s rivals can match,” said the editors behind a recent BMW Group press release. “The spacious five-door’s optimized ease of use underlines its very modern appreciation of practicality.”

Some of Mini’s new modifications will be found in the following features:

  • Newly designed rings encircling the Centre Speedo and four air vents now in carbon black
  • Newly designed door inserts and door armrests
  • Repositioned controls for the electric windows
  • Controls for all the windows, the deactivation facility for the rear window controls and adjustment for the exterior mirrors will now be integrated into the door armrest on the driver’s side
  • Three-seat rear bench is now standard
  • New additions to paint choices include brilliant copper metallic and blazing red metallic

BMW Group reported that the modifications slated for the Mini Countryman will be rolled out across all model variants starting this month, November 2012. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to stop by the Mini of Ontario dealership. We’d be happy to have you.

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Wordless Wednesday – Mini looks good in orange

We here at Mini of Ontario wanted to post an orange Mini for this Halloween’s edition of Wordless Wednesday. And when we found this little guy all decked out in orange julep, we knew we could stop our search.

We hope you enjoy it! Happy Halloween!

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More Christmas ideas from Mini

Last week, we here at Mini of Ontario started thinking about Christmas. And yes, you read that right: Christmas. Although it’s still about two months away, that’s roughly only 60 days from now. Even more frightening to realize is that those 60 days only hold about eight weekends worth of shopping. So for those who might want to spend those weekends getting some much needed R&R instead of fighting through the throngs at the mall, perhaps Mini can come to the Christmas-shopping rescue.

Last week we posted a few of Mini’s shopping ideas for the guys in our lives, which makes it understandable why we focused today’s blog on the special ladies on our gift lists:

Mini Big Duffle Bag: Whether you need it for a jaunt to yoga or for a weekend getaway, the retro-look bag boasts a large Mini logo, a reinforced bottom, detachable shoulder straps and comfortable hand straps.

Mini Rooftop Cabin Trolley: “The hard-shell cabin-friendly suitcase has racing stripes and rollers with a Mini wheel rim design and is available in a variety of colors to suit all tastes,” the BMW Group editors explain.

Unisex Festival Boots: This pair is great for going to an outdoor festival or just going to the grocery store. And the loudspeaker design offers up the perfect amount of Mini attitude.

Unisex Sound Lapeer Hat: Nothing says Christmas more than a cozy hat to keep you warm during the winter months. It has fold-down ear flaps and features the “Sound since 1959” slogan.

Unisex Glam Jack Scarf: Patterned with a contemporary take on the British flag, this scarf “adds a touch of color to grey winter days with hints of lime punch.”

Mini Club Bag: “The silver Union Jack appliqué on the front catches the eye and, thanks to the detachable handle, it can be quickly transformed into a stylish clutch bag,” BMW Group says.

All of the Mini gifts can be purchased through the Mini online shop found here.

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Mini accessories from zero to 60

Coco Chanel once said that “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” And as anyone with a Mini knows, the saying is incredibly true. And although a Mini comes with its own built-in uniqueness, adding a few accessories never hurt.

So check out the video below, which features some of Mini’s best accessories. From gear shifters to stem caps to mirror covers, Mini always looks good with a little extra bling. Mini also happens to look good on the race track, which for this case, turned out to be the perfect backdrop to showcase all of those great accessories.

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Let Mini help you gear up for Christmas

There are some folks who start shopping for Christmas months before the holiday hits. And then there are others who wait until the very last minute. Regardless which camp you may reside in, there’s a good chance that Mini can help you out. This year, our favorite automaker is offering inspiration for gifts no matter the sex, age, taste or budget.

Today, however, we here at Mini of Ontario thought that we would window shop the possibilities for the men in our lives. Check it out:

Mini Folding Bike in Lime: With its aluminium frame, eight gears and 20-inch wheels, Mini’s folding bike is “light, quick and versatile.” It also features an air pump integrated right into the seat.

Mini by Puma Weekender Bag: Its wrap-around zippers make the bag expandable, and its carrying strap made to look like a Mini seatbelt, won’t have you missing your Mini while you’re away on vacation.

Mini Wireless Computer Mouse: This special mouse comes in the shape of the Mini wing mirror and it has a black Union Jack design to add some British flair. “The USB mouse fits perfectly in your hand and glides easily over any surface,” say the editors at BMW Group.

Glam Jack Tie: This black tie features a subtle British flag print and a bright inner lining – perfect for any fashionable guy on your shopping list.

Music Box and Speaker Box Throw Pillows: The black-and-white hi-fi stereo system and speaker pillows make the perfect accent for any living room or bedroom no matter the décor.

All of the Mini gifts can be purchased through the Mini online shop found here.

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Wordless Wednesday – Caption this photo

For this week’s installment of Wordless Wednesday, we here at Mini of Ontario thought that we would ask visitors to the blog to captain this photo. If you think you can add a dose of hilarity to this already hilarious photo, head to our Facebook page and give it a whirl!

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