@jtsanders Well said! I would add that a 5 year old Mazda or other Japanese car has another 15 years of life left in it, while the Mini will start to age rapidly at this point. Agree with Missileman that with a Miata you can have your cake and eat it too. Provided you can make do with the tiny interior and trunk.
Adding up 5 years of Maintenance and Repairs on my 2007 Corolla, I get $1693 total!!!, including a complete set of Michelin X-ICE tires and rims! For the 1994 Nissan Sentra we get $2547 actual outlay for the first 5 years, also including a complete set of Michelin tires. I’m not sure how Edmunds computes these figures, but they must be based on driving 20,000 miles or more per year. Our Nissan had 71,075 miles after 5 years of ownership or 14,215 miles per year. The Corolla has only 40,000 miles so far.
However, since everything is relative, the exhorbitant cost of owning a lowly Min should scare off serious owners.