IntelliChoice.com Rates the Top Convertibles : - MINI Cooper Convertible Tops VW Beetle for Best Overall Value -

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With gas prices skyrocketing, the weight of ownership costs skews more heavily toward fuel, but it is important for car buyers to remember that a number of factors determine ownership costs and what truly makes a car a great value.

IntelliChoice.com, part of the Motor Trend family and the source for automotive cost of ownership analysis, has issued a new "Datapoints" research brief that rates the best value convertible cars. The analysis provides an in-depth look at the Top 5 overall convertibles in terms of overall value, fuel economy, retained value and insurance costs. The research brief can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.intellichoice.com/press.

IntelliChoice.com's Top 5 Overall convertibles are the MINI Cooper, VW Beetle, Mazda Miata MX-5, Toyota Solara V6 and Pontiac Solstice. In a comparison of 5-year ownership costs, the MINI Cooper Convertible tops the second place VW Beetle Convertible by more than $3,000. QUOTE

Attribute to James Bell, Publisher and Editor of IntelliChoice.com

"With gas prices skyrocketing, the weight of ownership costs skews more heavily toward fuel, but it is important for car buyers to remember that a number of factors determine ownership costs and what truly makes a car a great value."

About IntelliChoice.com

IntelliChoice.com, part of SOURCE INTERLINK MEDIA, is the market leader in automotive ownership cost and value analysis. Founded in 1986, IntelliChoice.com is committed to empowering consumers to make better purchase decisions by providing independent and essential automotive information and tools. Through the IntelliChoice.com web site (http://www.intellichoice.com), consumers get the help they need to research, compare, configure and price vehicles. The site also connects buyers to the buying alternatives of their choice, including vehicle manufacturers and an online car buying guide. SOURCE INTERLINK MEDIA is a division of Source Interlink Companies, Inc., (NASDAQ: SORC), a media and marketing services company. Source Interlink (http://www.sourceinterlink.com) is one of the largest publishers of magazines and online content for enthusiast audiences and a leading distributor of home entertainment products, including DVDs, music CDs, magazines, games, books and related items.

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