Friday, February 19, 2016

5 Favorite Affordable Convertibles from 2015 & 2016

Convertibles are a fun way to enjoy a beautiful afternoon breeze or cool evening sky, but don’t think you have to break the bank to own one. Here is a list of our favorite top five affordable convertibles from 2015.


First on the list is the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, which costs about $23,970.00. This car’s six-speed manual transmission has a “spirited performance,” as it is great with handling and acceleration. It has a user-friendly manual soft top and Bluetooth and gets 27/34 mpg city/highway. Although it only has two seats, it is reasonably priced and perfect for those purchasing their first convertible.

Second on our list is the 2016 Ford Mustang, costing around $29,300.00. With its well-appointed interior, this confident highway cruiser runs on a V6 engine. This legendary car has an incredible 435 horsepower, which is the highest in our list. Although some say the body style is a bit dated, you can’t go wrong with a classic look. It’s complete with Bluetooth, four seats and rear-wheel drive and gets up to 31 mpg on the highway. This affordable convertible is a solid option for first-time buyers with a ton of friends to drive around.


The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro will cost you about $31,205.00, and it’s a great investment. This car has a V6 engine, runs on 323 horsepower and gets about 30 mpg on the highway. It is known for its strong acceleration and capable handling, which is perfect for maneuvering your way through city streets and scenic highways. Other features include Bluetooth, a navigation system and four comfortable seats. This convertible also comes in a wide array of colors, so if traditional colors aren’t your thing, the 2015 Chevy Camaro may be the convertible for you.


Another great choice for an inexpensive convertible is the 2016 Audi A3, which costs around $35,000.00. Getting up to 43 mpg on the highway, this vehicle’s horsepower reaches 220 thanks to its fuel-efficient 1.8 L four-cylinder engine. It has an incredible interior cabin design that is much more elegant than other convertibles in its price range. This convertible has fantastic handling, top crash-test scores and a rearview camera with parking sensors, making it a very safe car overall.


Finally, to top our list is the $45,245 2016 BMW 2 Series convertible. Although it does not have the most impressive specs on our list, it is the luxury design and features that put this car above the rest. It has a 2.0 L four-cylinder engine that gets up to 35 mpg on the highway and 240 horsepower. This convertible’s cabin is made with the highest-quality materials and is beautifully designed, making it the most luxurious interior on our list. It comes with Bluetooth, four heated seats and a fuel-efficient engine. Impressively quick and obviously sleek, the 2016 BMW 2 Series tops our list of the most affordable convertibles on the market.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

5 Favorite Expensive Convertibles from 2015

Expensive convertibles are nice to look at, but they’re even nicer to drive. They control the road and demand recognition, power and grace. Here’s our list of our top 5 favorite expensive convertibles launched in 2015.


Starting out our list is the 2016 Audi R8 priced just above $117,000. With a V8 engine described as “potent,” this convertible is nimble and quick, despite its spacious interior. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds, but if you were to step into one with a V10 engine, you could accelerate to 60 in only 3.4 seconds! The Bluetooth, seven-speaker audio system, and heated, power-adjustable seats complement the Audi R8’s top speed of 168 mph.


Second is the 2016 Porsche 911 priced at around $90,000. Averaging at about 19/26 mpg city/highway, this vehicle is one of the sharpest handling sports cars in the market. It generates 430 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, thanks to its 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine. And with satellite and HD radio, adaptive cruise control and a 12-speaker Bose sound system, the Porsche 911 quickly became the favorite test-driving vehicle last year.


Next up is the 2016 Ferrari 458 Spider that goes for about $243,000. Anyone who loves the wind in their hair and the roar of a Ferrari would love to take this car from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds. The car can reach a top speed of 202 mph because of its 4.5 L V8 engine and 570 horsepower. When it comes to nice convertibles, the Ferrari 458 Spider takes the cake with an “X-Acto knife styling and an intense interior,” according to Car and Driver.


The 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead costs about $492,000, but is on our list for its slick, classic look and robust style. The 6.8 L V12 engine growls beautifully as it zips down the highway, going a top speed of 148 mph. Perfect for the driver with a few extra friends, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead has four seats instead of only two, making it one of the most popular expensive convertibles of last year.


Finally, last on our list, is the 2016 Lamborghini Aventador, which will cost you about $493,095. Speed down the highway in this artwork of engineering, riding on a 6.5 L V12 engine and 740 horsepower. Accelerating from 0 to 60 in 2.7 seconds, give it more time and the convertible will reach an incredible top speed of 220 mph. Celebrities such as Kanye West, Floyd Mayweather, and Christiano Ronaldo can also be seen stepping out of the iconic scissor doors. The Lamborghini Aventador is an incredible piece of machinery and, without question, tops our list of favorite expensive convertible from 2015. Plus, it has cup holders!

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