Hardcore car-lovers have always flipped their lids over convertibles, but the market has had its ups and downs. We cull our Especially Recommended issues from this list of convertibles that are expected to outperform the market in the next six to 12 months, with updates on price, Performance Rank, volatility, yield, price of common shares, common shares rank, common shares 52-week highs & lows.
The road-tripper’s favorite domestic convertibles – cars like the Camaro, the Corvette, and the Mustang – are again revealing design and performance signs of their muscle-car spirit in safer, more efficient 21st century bodies. By the time Ford introduced the Fox-bodied Mustang in 1979, plans were afoot to start offering convertibles again. With both our brands you can be assured that the sale is part of our process and not the end of the process. Soft-top convertibles also require more diligence to protect them from the elements, and some automakers warn against taking convertibles through automatic car washes with brushes or high-pressure water jets. Discover how simple it is to buy and sell used convertibles online when you come to Auto Trader.
Convertibles can be affordable, fun, and thrifty, though they can vary widely in practicality, price, and performance. The Superleggera is expected to break cover in late 2016 or early 2017 with an aggressive body kit and a beefed-up V-10 engine rated at more than 630 horsepower (versus the standard 602 horses).
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.
Otherwise, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF features the same drivetrain as the traditional softtop, and the slight weight gain to accommodate the power roof components should offend the sensibilities of only the pickiest drivers. BMW has promised that the 2017 editions will come with significant upgrades in handling, performance, and fuel efficiency, aided by a 500-pound drop in weight due to carbon fiber, aluminum, and titanium additions. The 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet looks to combine the model’s city-smart sizing with the thrill of topless driving. Convertibles are often heavier and less fuel efficient than their sedan equivalents.