The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releases their 2011 Fuel Economy Guide. The new report and figures show the MINI Cooper as being of the most-efficient cars in its class.

The 2011 MINI Cooper is rated at 29/37 mpg on combined cycle. For 2011, the MINI Cooper received a power upgrade. The Cooper’s normally aspirated 1.6-liter I-4 now produces 121 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque.

The turbocharged Cooper S and Clubman S gain Vanos variable valve-timing for the intake valves, and a bonus 4 hp brings the total to 181. John Cooper Works variants remain at 208 hp. All fuel economy numbers for these vehicles are competitive within their segment.

mini group ns 101310 815 655x436

For2011, MINI is raising prices from $600 to $750. The least expensive Mini for 2011, the Cooper hardtop, has finally broken through the $20,000 price point, climbing to $20,100 from $19,500 last year. Prices include a $700 shipping charge.

The 2011 Mini Cooper Convertible now starts at $25,550, while the 2011 Cooper Clubman is priced from $21,800.

Download 2011 Fuel Economy Guide

[Source: EPA via Motoringfile ]