Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Our Five Favorite Affordable Convertibles

As we begin to segue into the early stages of spring, we can’t help but think of driving with our tops down, feeling that warm breeze on our faces. To some, this may seem like a dream … but it doesn’t have to be! Though convertibles were considered luxury cars in the past, there are more affordable options today. We’ve compiled our five favorite affordable convertibles on the market today by weighing their style, reliability, safety and performance. Take a look at some of 2015’s least expensive convertibles, and start envisioning yourself driving one of these this spring.

1. Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is one of the most highly-rated convertibles out there. Don’t let its classic American muscle car aesthetic fool you. It comes fully equipped with a powerful, modern V6 engine and extremely agile handling. The new and improved cabin on the 2015 Mustang convertible makes all the difference, and features a beautiful, yet nostalgic design. It received an overall 9.0 rating according to U.S. News & World Report, and can be purchased for an average base price of under $25,000.

2. Mazda MX-5 Miata
Sports car enthusiasts will love the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Its sleek body maneuvers well and supports athletic handling. It features a four-cylinder engine, which might seem like it’s a less powerful model, but there’s no shortage of pep in this sporty convertible. If you’re looking for a car that allows you to feel the excitement of the open road, the Mazda MX-5 Miata might be the right car for you. While the interior of the cockpit is slightly smaller than most convertibles, it is still roomy enough for two passengers. It garnered an overall 8.6 rating from U.S. News & World Report, and its average base retail price starts out near $25,000.

3. Audi A3 Cabriolet
Yes, Audi can still make affordable cars! While Audis are usually considered expensive luxury vehicles, the A3 Cabriolet is still on the least expensive convertible list. However, this model still offers many of the features as a best-in-class luxury vehicle, which is reflected in its higher base price of approximately $36,000. The interior features real leather-trimmed seats and a quiet cockpit. The car comes extremely well-equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an easily manageable top.

4. Mini Cooper
Mini Cooper has come a long way since debuting a revamped look on American soil back in 2002. The company is steadily making its way into the hearts of many Americans. The newest Mini Cooper convertible is definitely one of the best buys on the market today. It comes in a four-seat or a two-seat option. Both offer turbocharged three-cylinder engines and come with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. So, while the car offers a lot of pep, it’s also very fuel efficient. If you don’t get caught up in all of the extra features and settle for the base model, the Mini Cooper convertible could cost around $25,000.

5. Volkswagen Beetle
The Beetle is one of those cars that most people adore for its retro, feel-good style. When you think of a Volkswagen Beetle, you think of beach buggies and fun. Combine that with a convertible and you’ve got yourself a beautiful automobile. The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle convertible is one of the cheapest convertibles on our list with a starting base cost of around $20,000. Its stylish interior and iconic exterior paired with an 8.8 safety rating make this car a good deal for those looking for an affordable convertible. However, the base model lacks the impressive fuel economy and more powerful engine found in other Beetle models.

Affordability no longer means a lack of quality. Which car would you like to drive most? Tell us in the comments below!

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