The best way to fully enjoy summer’s warm days is to see all the beauty of nature in full-view, while the wind blows through your hair in a sporty convertible. Drop the top and smell acres of perfumed wildflowers, the fragrance of a thick forest, and the salty air of the coastline. Which models are the best for the job? We’ve laid out all you need to know.
- 2017 FIAT 124 Spider Convertible
Brand new to the 2017 market, the sensational FIAT 124 Spider is an exciting and exceptional sports car. It won first place as ‘Best Sports Car for the Money’ due to its high quality and very reasonable price tag. It handles so well and rides so smoothly, you will never want to park it but simply keep driving wherever the road takes you. And with its outstanding fuel economy of 25-26 miles per gallon in the city and 35-36 miles per gallon on the open highway, you can go a very long way. This sweet little two-seater convertible has a fantastic 160-164 horsepower turbocharged engine with plenty of power to blow some leaves around the road and it is a great deal of fun to drive. Its convertible top folds down with ease and its luxurious Italian interior is especially comfortable and inviting.
- 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Everyone loves Herbie the Love Bug and who would not just love to own a convertible Herbie? The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle convertible is a dream car for many at a dream manufacturer’s suggested retail price of just $24,725. Gaining an impressive fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway, this little Beetle will take you through a great deal of sight-seeing on a single tank full. Its 1.8 liter, four-cylinder, 170-210 horsepower engine keeps up with the pack when needed, but its performance is lagging against the more muscular sports cars. It is comfortable, fun to drive, and dependable, but a bit slim on cargo space. With luxury seating for four, it easily allows for a scenic couples getaway down country roads or dropping the kids at school along your commute to work. The 2017 model offers a limited edition color called Pink Beetle, so hurry before they are all gone. In addition, it’s loaded with many high-tech infotainment options and high safety scores.
- 2017 Mini Cooper Convertible
The 2017 Mini Cooper Convertible is available in several different turbocharged engines sized from 134 to 228 horsepower so you are sure to find one that fits your need for speed. With its manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $25,950.00 and an impressive fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway, the Mini Cooper is easy on your wallet. Its power-driven convertible top folds down flat in just under twenty seconds and it has an Open Meter that tells you how long you’ve gone with it down, which helps to prevent accidental sunburns. This vehicle is comfortable, spacious, and a great deal of fun to drive. It has seating for up to five, but it’s lacking in cargo space even though it is a hatchback. It has high safety scores and comes standard with an impressive infotainment system.
Traditionally, convertibles were so expensive that, unless born into wealth, most people worked most of their lives before they could buy one, which is why they were often labelled ‘the mid-life crisis car’ due to the advanced age of most convertible owners. However, those days are over as now many automakers are making beautiful and sporty convertibles at very reasonable prices. Break free this summer in a convertible.