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Not sure I'm ready to marry a Mini, but I'd sure date one

Smart women should not date bad boys or own only sports cars.

Sure, a sports car -- like a bad boy -- is flashy and fun. But you don't necessarily want to marry it.

For example, I drove the 2012 Mini JCW Cooper Coupe the other day in our press fleet. It's definitely sexy, fun and fast. Its sleek lines and signature painted stripes made it eye-popping. It's a good date, but maybe not my destiny.

First, it's a two-seater, so no room for a family. It also didn't feel grounded when I hit a bump on the road. Those are red flags for a long-term relationship.

The 2012 Mini Coupe is claimed to have the best acceleration ever for a Mini -- to the tune of a 6.1-second 0-to-60-mph time -- and it can reach a top speed of 149 mph, according to Autoweek.

But this Mini was relatively quiet from road noise and earned a combined 28 mpg. Those two character attributes help justify its $38,350 price tag.

I admit I'm a Mini fan. I love the funky interiors, the snappy acceleration and the tight gear ratio on the manual transmission models.

But I have yet to buy one. I considered why that is the case as I drove this little cutie back to my place.

After all, it's a fun car. It's fast, it's got style, and it's hot. Why wouldn't I want it?

Simple: I'm a one-car woman who lives in a city covered in snow nearly five months of the year. I have a big dog and family and friends who travel with me on weekends.

So this handsome Mini might be the car of some other woman's dreams, but not mine. Call me pragmatic, but if I'm going to marry a car -- live with it and only it -- then it has to be practical on some level.

Hey, I'm still a typical a girl who likes a little edge.

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