Not as many people drive convertibles as they used to, but you know what? Still, they are a great choice. Since my first car, I’ve never had one with a roof. When it comes to convertibles, I can tell you that the foldable-roof package has a lot to offer.
They are fun to drive, have quick engines, and are different from other cars. A soft-top convertible is hard to take care of, but I don’t mind because I always have a smile on my face when I’m driving one around town.
Here is a list of Roadshow’s best and most popular convertibles for you to look at. Check out what I have to say about using a convertible as your everyday car in the future.
Miata is always the answer for a good reason. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best convertible car because it is small, has rear-wheel drive, and has room for two people. In the RF trim, the most recent Miatas can be bought with either a soft top or a Targa top. To take off the soft top, you have to undo a single clasp in the middle. The maximum speed is 6 miles per hour, and it takes 13 seconds to lower the radio frequency (RF).
Yes, the 2.0-liter I4 engine can be bought with a six-speed manual transmission. It’s not the fastest car in a straight line, but it can handle turns better than even the most powerful cars.
The most expensive RF can be bought for about $35,000, plus $995 for shipping and handling. This makes it the most affordable option on this list.
The Chevrolet Corvette is the best buy in terms of price and quality. The base price of $68,495 includes $1,095 for shipping, but this mid-engine bad boy can compete with supercars that cost more than $100,000. The power retractable hardtop can be lowered in 13 seconds at up to 30 miles per hour.
The car has a 6.2-liter V8 engine, giving it 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. With the $5,995 Z51 Performance Package, the ‘Vette can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds. It has a limited-slip differential, a sport suspension, Brembo brakes, and high-grip summer tires.
If you want to go all out, you could get an M8 convertible instead of the base 840i or M850i xDrive model. The middle M850i is my favorite because it is powerful and stylish and has all-wheel drive. You can get as much Merino leather as you want and interior trim made of wood, piano black, or carbon fiber. There are heated seats, armrests, and a steering wheel. There are also ventilated seats and a neck warmer as an option.
You can also choose a diamond surround sound system with 1,375 watts of Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound and backup assistance, which helps you get out of tight parking spots by showing you the car’s path in reverse.
The M850i’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine makes 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, and the soft top’s multilayer fabric can be lowered in 15 seconds at up to 30 miles per hour. Of course, none of this tasty German food is cheap. For a basic M850i with no extras, you can expect to pay $122,395, which includes $995 for the destination.
If you have the money, you can get what you want. With a starting price of $363,500, the Rolls-Royce Dawn is only for wealthy and famous people. This car has a soft top that can be taken down in 22 seconds at speeds of up to 32 mph and has good insulation.
In the background, a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine makes 563 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque. If this car wasn’t flying, you might think you were in Muir Woods because there is so much open-pore wood inside. With special climate control, you can keep your body and feet at the same temperature while getting a massage. Also, an umbrella awaits you if you get stuck outside in the rain. What a way to save time! You don’t even have to close the door by yourself. All you have to do is push a button. The only people who lock their doors are the hoi-polloi.
Most people don’t buy a base, Dawn. Instead, they have Rolls-Royce change the color or even cut down a tree on their property to use as wood for the inside.
The Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet has the best performance of any convertible car. The engine and transmission make an eight-speed PDK with 640 horsepower and 590 foot-pounds of torque. This is what moves the 3,800-pound convertible. It can go as fast as it wants. It takes 10.6 seconds to go a quarter mile and only 2.7 seconds to reach 60 mph. Oh, and driving with the top down is also a lot of fun. It can be lowered at least 31 miles per hour in 12 seconds.
This car doesn’t oversteer too much on twisty roads because it has all-wheel drive. Pirelli NA 255/35 tires on 20-inch wheels up front and huge 315/30 tires on 21-inch wheels in the back give it enough grip.
But Porsche is very expensive. Start by putting $217,650 in your budget, which includes $1,350 for travel costs.
The McLaren 720S Spider is my favorite supercar convertible for those willing to pay for it. The top can be made out of carbon fiber or cool electrochromic glass, which can be colored or left clear. No matter what type of roof you choose, it can be lowered in 11 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph.
The 720S Spider has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that makes 710 horsepower and 568 pounds-feet of torque. The power goes to the back wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With a curb weight of 2,900 pounds, the McLaren can reach 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and the quarter-mile in 10.4 seconds. It can reach its top speed of 212 mph. Only the very best.
Since it’s a supercar, you might expect it to have supercar features like billionaire doors and sculpted body panels. Amount? Only $317,500, and $2,500 of that is for getting to and from the site.
If you want an American muscle car, think about the Chevrolet Camaro convertible. The naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine in the ZL1 sounds great and can reach 30 mph in just 14 seconds, so it’s easy to drive crazy with the top down. With a six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic transmission, the rear wheels get 455 horsepower or 455 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power if you don’t want to pay the ZL1’s gas-guzzler fee.
Even with the $995 destination charge, there is no reason why a V8 Camaro should cost more than $40,055.
One of my favourite parts of the Mini Cooper S is the soft top that can be opened or closed. If you push the button, it will open all the way in 18 seconds at speeds up to 18 mph. You can also move it halfway back for a more open-air look. You can also have a Union Jack pattern woven into the fabric. Bonus!
Aside from its strange roof, the Mini is a lot of fun to drive. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine sends 180 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The convertible Mini lives up to the brand’s reputation for handling like a go-kart. It’s a joy to drive around corners because it’s low to the ground, small, and has a lot of power.
The base price of a Mini Cooper S convertible is $32,250, which includes $850 in destination fees.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the few convertible cars on the market with four seats that can fit adults in the back. 34.1 inches of legroom in the back. Compared to the 29.5 inches of legroom in the back of the BMW 8-Series convertible, this is a lot of legroom.
The E-Aircap Class’s system also has a wind deflector and a device to keep your neck warm. This system reduces air turbulence for both front and back seat passengers. At 31 mph, the top can come down in 20 seconds.
The E 450 Cabriolet is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with a turbocharger. In addition to the 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, the mild-hybrid EQ Boost system adds 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Plan on spending $73,000, which includes $1,000 in destination fees.
You can’t go wrong with a Jeep Wrangler if you want your convertible to be able to go almost anywhere. You have to put in some work if you want to go topless. The three-piece hardtop has two “freedom panels” that can be taken off. It still takes time and tools, but you can put them in your Jeep if you don’t have too much gear for getting out of trouble or camping. Most of the hardtop needs to be removed with a friend’s help and some tools. You’ll also need a place in your garage to store it once it’s off.
There are two soft toppers to choose from, but you can’t just push a button to fold them down. There are zippers and Velcro straps to pull and Velcro windows to take out. From March to November, it’s best to drive with the top down, even if it rains.
A basic Wrangler can still take you a long way from civilization even with just the front and rear lockers and sway bar disconnect. When it comes to engines, buyers can choose between a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. Base 2-door Sport models will cost $29,970, which includes $1,495 in destination fees.
Comparison of the best convertibles for 2023
|Category||Name||Convertible top speed||Base price|
|Best convertible overall||2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata||3 seconds soft top/13 seconds hard top||$27,825|
|Best convertible for the money||2023 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible||13 seconds||$68,495|
|Best luxury convertible||2023 BMW 8 Series Convertible||15 seconds||$122,395|
|Best ultra-luxury convertible||2023 Rolls-Royce Dawn||22 seconds||$363,500|
|Best performance convertible||2023 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet||12 seconds||$217,650|
|Best ultra-performance convertible||2023 McLaren 720S Spider||11 seconds||$317,500|
|Best muscle car convertible||2023 Chevrolet Camaro V8 Convertible||14 seconds||$40,995|
|Best small convertible||2023 Mini Cooper S Convertible||18 seconds||$32,250|
|Best four-seater convertible||2023 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet||20 seconds||$73,000|
|Best convertible SUV||2023 Jeep Wrangler||18 seconds Sky One-Touch/est 5 minutes soft top/est 10 minutes hard top||$29,970|
What’s The Best Convertible to Buy?
It’s a good idea to buy a convertible that fits your lifestyle and makes you happy, as long as you can afford it. I could go on and on about how great the Mazda Miata is as a convertible, but it’s not the best choice if you often go out with three friends or a family of six. If your budget is like a pint of stout, you shouldn’t buy a Rolls-Royce Dawn.
These days, there is a convertible for every budget and every taste. If you like going off-road, you should get a Jeep Wrangler. The Chevrolet Camaro has what you need when it comes to straight-line power. And hey, if money is no object, the McLaren 720S isn’t the worst thing you could buy.
Is a Hardtop or Soft-top Convertible Better?
This comes down to personal preference. Electronic hardtops are more likely to break because they have moving parts, which are inherently inefficient. But a hardtop is often better at keeping water out and can handle the weight of snow better. If you have to park on the street, they also keep you warmer and safer.
Soft tops are sometimes easier to take off, but the soft top on the Jeep Wrangler is hard. They are also a cheaper alternative to a hard top. But they are harder to keep clean and make a lot of noise inside the car. If the soft top you want has an option for a glass rear window instead of a plastic one, spend the extra money to get the glass window. The plastic ones get scratched easily, and after a year, you won’t be able to see out the back very well.
A soft-top can also be a lure for people who want to break into your car. I’ve made it a habit to keep nothing valuable in my car and to leave the door unlocked. If a knife goes through your soft top, it can cost you a lot of money. Let the jerk open the door so he can look at your awful CD collection.
Are convertibles good in the rain?
Yes, open-top cars are great in the rain. Older soft tops may leak slightly in the rain, but new convertibles shouldn’t be hard. But your tires are something you should keep an eye on. I want you to know that summer tires are often a standard convertible feature because they work better in hotter weather. When it starts to rain and gets colder, your tires may have less grip. People living where it gets colder should get a set of winter tires.
Can you drive a soft-top convertible in the winter?
You can drive a car with a soft top in the winter. Make sure all the snow is gone before you leave, and remember what I said about the tires. The soft top won’t keep you as warm as the hard top, so you might want to bring a sweater and turn up the heat.
On a clear day with snow all around, one of life’s few pleasures is to bundle up and drop the soft top. However, remember that many soft tops shrink slightly when it gets cold. They might be easy to take down, but putting them back up might take some muscle.
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