No matter the season, you can find a convertible to fit your needs. Here are 10 convertibles to kick off your search.
For Highway Driving in Summer and Fall
As the weather starts to cool, you want a convertible that can help you stay comfortable, even with the top down. The Chevrolet Corvette, pictured above, is a great option. The 2015 convertible earned a 9.6/10 Overall score from CarGurus’ users, and our reviewer gave the 2016 version a 10/10 for Performance. It has a 0-60 mph time of under 4 seconds and also is available with heated seats.
Shoppers looking for a luxury convertible can set their sights on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet. It offers Mercedes’ unique Airscarf neck-level heating and also comes standard with Aircap, which is a wind blocker meant to cut down on highway noise. Our reviewer took the coupe version of the 2017 C-Class for a spin, giving it high marks.
Shoppers who have been following news of the Toyota Supra but don’t want to buy new can check out older models of the convertible. Of the previous generations of the Supra, CarGurus’ users preferred the fourth generation, particularly the 1994 model.
For Snowy Driving in Fall and Winter
If you need a daily driver and you’re based on the East Coast or another locale facing snow and ice, you’ll need an all-wheel-drive (AWD) convertible to handle snowy and icy weather. The Jeep Wrangler is an ideal bad-weather convertible. Our reviewer gave the 2014 model of this CarGurus’ Used Car Award winner perfect 10s for Performance and Look and Feel.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a great fall option that can transition into the cool winter months. It’s one of the few non-luxury convertibles that’s available as a retractable fastback, or RF, making it unconventional. It offers solid highway fuel economy, at 35 mpg, for the 2017 with an automatic. Our reviewer loved the 2017 model, giving it a 9/10 for Look and Feel and Cost-Effectiveness.
The Audi A3 is another convertible that can handle snow and ice, thanks in part to its available AWD. Heated front seats keep you warm, and plenty of safety features, including traction control and lane-keep assist, will help you stay safe in all kinds of weather. Our reviewer gave the 2016 model a 9/10 for Look and Feel.
Shoppers who don’t want to give up the size and handling of an SUV can choose the unique Land Rover Range Rover Evoque convertible. While the typical body style of this luxury SUV is a 5-door, the convertible is a 2-door. The 2018 model includes Land Rover’s Terrain Response, which can help it manage snow or mud. With the rear seats in use, the Range Rover Evoque offers 20 cubic feet of cargo space, offering more room than many traditional convertibles.
For Weekend Getaways in Spring and Summer
Nicer weather brings more opportunity to drive with the top down. The Ford Mustang checks plenty of boxes for summer driving: plenty of speed and ample cargo space to throw bags in for a weekend getaway. CarGurus’ shoppers awarded the 2017 model the #1 spot for Cargo Capacity, and our reviewer gave it a 10/10 for Look and Feel.
For those that can afford it, the Porsche 911 is the convertible option to beat. The 2017 model saw a mid-cycle refresh, offering a twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine for the base trims that delivers 370 horsepower. For drivers who prefer a manual, the lower trims come standard with one. Higher trims come standard with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch transmission.
What list of convertibles would be complete without mentioning the Volkswagen Beetle? While Volkswagen said goodbye to the model this year, you can set your sights on a used Beetle. The 2015 version offers plenty of cargo space and reasonable fuel economy at 25 mpg city, 32 highway, and 27 combined.
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