Spring is here, it’s time to defrost for some air-rands.
Let’s uncover the best convertibles for 2011.
Those open air fun rockets are special, but remember: mechanical hard tops often take excess trunk space, so make sure you’ve got your priorities in order. And not all retractable roofs are the same: hard and soft tops offer different perks which may or may not deter buyers.
But enough of that. Here are a few of the standout convertibles available this year:
Convertibles for the cash conscious
This tiny gem won’t win originality points, but it delivers fun for a budget. Starting at $23,110, the best-selling two seat convertible of all time delivers small time hassle with much bigger results.
Mini brings a quirky side to the topless table. For $25,550 the Cooper convertible offers 121 HP with 31 combined MPG in its manual transmission model.
However, for $3,000 more, fans will want to opt for the Cooper S. Almost out of bargain hunting reach, Cooper S may sway attitudes with 181 HP and 30 combined MPG.
MINI brags about 15 second opening times for its automatic roof. Plus, a soft top means no adverse handling affects.
The American spirit runs deep within the loins of Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro SS. They come in convertible form too. Let’s take a glimpse:
Ahh, options: 2012 Mustang doles out 5 versions of its classic in convertible context, ranging from the basic V-6 convertible starting at $27,145 to the cocky Shelby GT500 convertible at a handsome $53,645.
Moderate buyers may want to opt for the GT convertible, which compromises sense with satisfaction. You get V-8 power at over 400 HP, 6 speed manual or automatic transmission, 22 combined MPG (manual) and seating for 4 at $34,145.
Chevy Camaro (and Camaro SS)
Chevy fans will love the Camaro SS convertible, starting at $29,150 and boasting 426 HP on a V-8, 6-speed manual. Take comfort in Camaro’s 2010 Interior of the Year award (sports car category) from WardsAuto.com.
The soft top stallion also comes in a tamer V-6, 312 HP model.
Bearing the luxury brand name doesn’t come without a price. The $59,650 335is comes strong with 320 HP but at 21.5 combined MPG will run a tab at the tanks.
Those looking strictly brand may inquire about the 128i convertible, with a $36,600 tag. At 230 HP and 23 combined MPG, it’s no slouch and slightly more bearable to budgeters.
Mercedes Benz E class (E350/E550) Cabriolet
E350 Cabriolet offers a 4 seat soft cloth top with 268 HP and a 7 speed automatic with paddle shifters starting at $56,850.
Step up to the E550 and receive 382 HP with an 18.5 combined MPG, not necessarily cash conscious (especially at $64,800), but luxury never compromises.
Don’t forget Jeep in this topless mayhem. The adventurer brand grants a fresh air experience that goes off road too.
And remember sunscreen.