Summer is the perfect time of year to take a road trip. What better way to do it than in a convertible? The feeling of sun and wind on your face can be healing and therapeutic, especially after a hard winter.
There are several 2018 options on the market. Some focus on power and handling, while others are better suited to those who value a comfortable ride. Which one is right for you?
Affordable Luxury Sports Car—Porsche 718 Boxster
The Boxster is really fun to drive. It has excellent handling and features fuel-efficient turbocharged engines. While it’s only a two-seater, the leg and headroom are more than satisfactory. It’s perfect for commuting to work or for a weekend drive. It costs around $57,400 US, which isn’t too steep for a luxury sports car.
German Engineering—Volkswagen Beetle
Starting at $21,070, the Beetle still maintains its unmistakable shape and is great for cruising around town. Both the hatchback and convertible feature a 174-hp turbo 2.0-liter, six-speed automatic engine. It includes blind-spot monitoring and touchscreen navigation. The passenger space is rather comfortable for its size.
American Muscle—Ford Mustang
The Mustang provides powerful performance and handles well on twisty roads. The ride is comfortable, and while the back seats aren’t very roomy, that’s often the case with most sports cars. Its price (starting at $26,000) is quite reasonable compared to many of its competitors.
Low-Cost Italian Design—Fiat 124 Spyder
The Spyder is agile and nimble with an easy-folding convertible top. Its interior is rather basic, which may appeal to people with more simple tastes. It’s great for touring around the country and for those who are more interested in comfort than performance. Its list price is just under $25,000, making it one of the least expensive sports cars on the market.
If you want to spend between $88,000 and $220,000, this convertible is for you. It features a retractable hardtop and has a powerful engine. It’s quite comfortable to drive and includes very spacious high-quality seats. The vehicle is one of the most expensive in its class with the AMG SL65 commanding over $200K.
A Small Luxury SUV With Unusual Styling—Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
If you want attention, this two-door convertible will definitely turn heads. It’s sporty and features a 237-hp turbo. The interior has some nice fit and
with luxury elements. The list price is $42,795.
- Mazda MX-5 Miata ($26,170)
- Chevrolet Corvette ($56,590)
- BMW 2-Series ($35,945)
- Audi A3 ($32,925)
- Mini Cooper Convertible JCW ($37,450)