Because drop-tops are as much about style as they are about fun in the sun, Bankrate picked seven convertibles that offer plenty of both. Like most people, you are probably used to seeing soft top convertibles , but look closely – hard-top convertibles are making their way back after years of being absent from the automotive scene. What separates the Jeep Wrangler from the rest of these convertibles is its breadth of capability.
Despite the vast improvements, convertibles are getting harder and harder to come by. They’re usually more expensive, and harder to find on a dealer’s lot than a hardtop, but the pleasure they offer on a warm summer night makes the added search worth it.
The best convertibles are those that are great fun with the roof down but also quiet and comfortable when the roof has to be up. Manufacturers have really improved convertibles in this respect in recent years, often including multiple layers to improve the sound insulation properties of retractable roofs, particularly when the car’s travelling at high speeds.
Many models can shed their tops in 25 seconds or less, and some convertibles even allow you to raise and lower the top while driving at slow speeds (a nice feature if you’re lowering the top when stopped at a light and the light turns green). Tesla Motors’ sporty all-electric convertible shows you can be green in style with green convertibles !
Other fixed-profile convertibles include the 1950 Nash Rambler Landau Convertible Coupe, the Nissan Figaro (1991) — as well the 1957 Fiat 500 and its 2007 Fiat 500 successor. What hasn’t changed is that soft-top convertibles remain more susceptible to break-in and theft than hardtop vehicles. The A3 Cabriolet is one of Audi’s more practical premium convertibles but if it’s sportier looks and performance you are after, the TT Roadster is a better fit. Up front it’s perfectly spacious, while the back seats are more useable than other big convertibles.