Top Convertibles For 2018

November 30, 0004

Spring and summer time is convertible season for drivers who want to feel the cool breeze of the highway wind running through their hair. Of course, not all convertibles are created equal. Some drop tops are sporty while others are pure luxury. Then there are some serious performance convertibles that can blow the doors off of many hardtops. To help find the best convertible for the summer, we've put together a list of the five top drop tops for 2018. To make sure there is a convertible for everyone on this list, we selected the finest vehicles from a number of different categories. From luxury to sports to performance, there is a great drop top out there for anyone.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

For decades, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been the affordable convertible sports car that has gained a cult-like status around the world. Now in its third decade of production, the Miata is now the best selling roadster of all time. So what makes it special? The roadster weighs less than 2,400 pounds while married to a 155 hp SKYACTIV-G 2.0 2.0 liter engine. This little roadster provides the perfect power to weight ratio which equals an uncompromising driving experience. And with a starting price of around $25,000, the Miata is the sports convertible that just about anyone can own.

BMW 2-series

The BMW 2-series is the last of the purist, old-school style BMWs that millions of car fans have fallen in love with. And the convertible version of the 2-series says fun without a compromise in performance. With the 2-Series convertible, you get a choice of the 230i which can get you from 0 to 60 in a respectable 5.6 seconds or the high performing 240i that can rocket the little Bimmer to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. By BMW standards, the 2-series is rather affordable with a starting price of around $40,000. Of course, you can option up your 2-Series convertible up to around 60K. However, for many people, a no compromise, classic looking BMW convertible is almost priceless.

Mercedes-Benz C-class

When it comes to luxury, no name stands out more than Mercedes-Benz. There is something about the 3-pointed star that just says this car is a cut above. And the Mercedes-Benz C-class cabriolet is one of the most classy drop-tops you can find on the road. What makes the C-class cabriolet so special? Well, let's start off with the look. From certain angles, the little C-Class can be mistaken for the much more expensive E-Class or S-Class cabriolet. That is because Mercedes's brand styling carries through every level of the company's model line. That means you can have six-figure style for just a fraction of the price. The C-class cabriolet comes with a 2.0 Liter inline-4 turbo which offers 241 horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of just 6.3 seconds. That will put this Mercedes in some respectable company while surrounding the driver in uncompromised luxury.

Chevrolet Camaro

No other convertible looks tougher than a drop top Chevrolet Camaro. It is simply an affordable performance beast that looks good on the beach, on the highway or parked in front of a driveway. A Camaro gives you more horsepower for the money and a timeless look that never goes out of style. So what's under the hood? For starters, there's a standard 2.0-liter 275-horsepower engine. Then there is the optional 3.0 liter V-6 that pumps out 335 horsepower. Moving up to the Chevy Camaro 1SS convertible trim, you get a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that offers 455 horsepower. And for those looking to blow the doors off of anything on the road, there's the Chevy Camaro ZL1 convertible with its supercharged 6.2 liter V-8 packed with a monstrous 650 horsepower. For drivers who want to feel the wind through their hair at super speeds, the Chevrolet Camaro convertible is the undeniable choice.

Audi A3

Offering Hollywood style good looks, the Audi A3 convertible is designed to turn heads with enough performance to not disappoint the spirited driver. So who is the A3 convertible for? You could say the Audi A3 convertible is the goldilocks choice for those who find the Mercedes a little too conservative and the BMW a little too extroverted. The interior of the A3 is clean and stylish, highlighted by an all-digital virtual cockpit that makes you feel more like you're flying a jet fighter rather than driving a German luxury convertible. Under the hood is a standard 2.0 liter supercharged inline 4 cylinder engine that offers 183 horsepower. For those looking for a little more pep, the optional 220 horsepower supercharged engine can blast the A3 convertible to 60 miles an hour in 5.9 seconds. No matter which engine is chosen, the A3 convertible will be one of the most choices on any road.