2016 Mini Cooper’s Safety Tops the Board

It isn’t always easy to take home top safety awards, not with all of the government testing and regulations a vehicle needs to meet. While most manufacturers scrape by with meager scores, MINI isn’t one of them. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has some of the most advanced tests around, and they put cars through the wringer before bestowing the coveted “Top Safety Pick+” rating. Recently, when the 2016 MINI Cooper’s testing came back, MINI’s safety features proved their worth, earning this top safety rating with no trouble at all!

So, what does it take to earn this rating? Well, to become the best of the best, vehicles need good ratings in every category as well as a front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating. With the changes implemented in November 2015, the MINI Cooper’s side curtain airbags improved its side protection rating. The “Top Safety Pick+” award applies to the two-door hardtop models.

The MINI Cooper’s front crash prevention system avoided a collision entirely in three of five tests. It slowed to one to three mph in the other two tests. In faster tests, the impact speed dropped by around seven mph, effectively reducing the damage as a result of the crash.

We here at MINI of Pittsburgh couldn’t be prouder of the safety-oriented MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door. Come see one in person at our Pittsburgh MINI dealership and see just how safe, and fun, driving a MINI really is.

Best Places to Drive Your MINI in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a state with enough scenery to last a person a lifetime. With enough byways to keep you busy for more than one long weekend, driving through this scenic state is an experience in itself. Once you’re behind the wheel and on the road, you might find yourself low on gas before you know it! Here’s a few byways you have to drive if you plan on visiting Pennsylvania:

  • High Plateau – Located on Route 144, this unforgettable area stretches 27 miles. With a bird’s-eye-view of the Sproul State Forest, you’ll take in scenery that hasn’t changed in more than a century.
  • Grand ViewLocated at the top of Mount Washington, you can take in a panoramic view of the Golden Triangle. The skyline, bridges, and unique landscape all make for a memory you’ll never forget.
  • Gateway to the Endless Mountains – Called “one of America’s most scenic drives” by National Geographic, the entrance to the Endless Mountains is absolutely breathtaking. Once you’re there, you have easy access to some of the most memorable hiking and biking trails in the state.

There are plenty of places to drive in Pennsylvania and while some vehicles can’t handle the roads, a MINI can take on even the sharpest curves. Equipped with superior handling, there’s very few hairpins, turns, curves, and byways that a modern MINI can’t handle!

Head out motoring around this spring on some of the most scenic roads in the country and let your MINI handle the twists and turns that come your way.

Baum Boulevard detour leads to a Lost Amusement Park

So we wanted to give everyone a heads up that the Baum Boulevard Bridge was going to be closed for a few weeks. However, while looking for a couple of pictures to include, we came across something great. There used to be an Amusement Park just up the street. Yeah you heard me right, an Amusement Park!

Luna Park was built in 1905 and was the first in what would become an international chain of amusement parks operated by Frank Ingersoll. It was the first amusement park to be covered with electrical lighting as well (67,000 light bulbs).

Luna Park closed in 1909 in the face of stiff competition from a second park nearby, Kennywood. Though the old gate to Luna Park, which is pictured below, will probably look a little familiar to you. It was the inspiration for the Lost Kennywood section, which opened in 1995.

Maybe Luna Park is where we get our commitment to fun and excitement? Nah, it is probably just from representing our great brand, MINI.

Local writer, Virginia Montanez, has a great post about Luna Park with more pictures that you can read HERE.