Five Fun Convertibles for Summer
If you're one who loves to drive with the top down, the approaching summer season is a great excuse to shop for a convertible cruiser. Finding the ideal drop-top driver can be a difficult choice, however, as the market has a broad variety of offerings, from four-place tourers to little two-seat roadsters, as well as a few desirable cars that sit right smack in the middle.
In our quest for the perfect open-top transportation, we've narrowed the range to the five entertaining convertibles, offering something for every price range and state of mind. So grab the sunscreen from the glovebox, put on your baseball cap, throw the top down, and let's go for a ride.
2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Now 25 years old and in its fourth generation, the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been declared the best-selling two-seat sports car in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. There's much to love about the iconic roadster, which offers buyers a variety of options and trim levels to suit their topless urges, starting with a choice of soft-folding canvas or power-retractable hard top, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers from 158 to 167 horsepower depending on whether it is shifted by five- or six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Leather-trimmed seats with five heat settings will keep passengers toasty, even when touring topless on tepid evenings. Starting MSRP: $24,790.
2015 Mini John Cooper Works Convertible
Enthusiasts will appreciate the open-top performance offered by the John Cooper Works convertible, which boasts acceleration from 0 to 60 in 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 146 mph from its 208-horsepower, 1.6-liter racing-tuned four-cylinder twin-turbo engine. Sun lovers will appreciate its fully automatic soft-top, which opens in just 15 seconds, comes with an innovative sunroof, and conveniently tucks away into a compact space just above the boot. Low, firm, and loud, its spirited type of performance is not meant for those who seek soft and cushy. Starting MSRP: $36,700.
2015 Jeep Wrangler
Beloved by many for its legendary "Trail-Rated" off-road prowess, the 2015 Jeep Wrangler offers a variety of trim levels, hard and soft top options, and a powerful 285-horsepower/3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic transmission. Available in two sizes, a small two-door, four passenger version, or with room for five adults, the larger Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the only four-door 4x4 convertible on the market. It's meant to go offroad and get dirty, and your passengers might get dirty too! Starting MSRP: $23,890.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
If you're searching for classic American style and performance, look no further than the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible. Power comes from a 455-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine mated to an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission promising acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and a quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph (with Z51 performance package). The fully electronic three-ply soft-top can be opened or closed at speeds up to 30 mph. As if its sexy looks and racing-style performance aren't enough to convince you, it's also got 4G LTE wifi. Starting MSRP: $59,995.
2015 BMW 6-series
The full-size 2015 BMW 6-series convertible offers a choice of three twin turbocharged engines mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and offers the ultimate in spacious four-passenger comfort combined with German luxury and performance. Its fabric softtop features a glass rear window that opens separately, folds away discretely into the trunk, and even when driving at speeds of up to 25 mph, can be opened in 19 seconds and closed in 24 seconds. Starting MSRP: $84,550.