Then you may be thinking about buying a convertible. We thought about it. That’s when we went in search of online lists of the best convertibles for summer 2013 for you to consider.
What we found is a fair amount of agreement among lists on which convertibles are the best.
We started with The Street article, “10 Best Convertibles for Summer 2013,” which are:
1. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro, $30,660 starting price
2. 2013 Chrysler 200 Touring, $27,100
3. 2014 Ford Mustang, $27,200
4. BMW 328i, $47,600
5. 2013 Volkswagen Eos, $34,350
6. 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, $59,070
7. 2013 Mazda MX5 Miata, $23,720
8. 2013 Fiat 500C, $16,000
9. 2013 Mini Cooper, $23,900
10. 2013 Lexus IS C, $42,610
The three American-made cars that top the list Camaro, Chrysler 200 and Mustang, all come in mid-range on starting prices, while the Fiat 500C at $16,000 is the lowest priced and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet comes in at the high end with a $59,070 starting price.
All three, plus the Mini Cooper, Eos and Miata also appear on a list of 10 vehicles by U.S. News and World Report – “Affordable Convertibles” – which names the best priced under $35,000. Also on the U.S. News list are the Nissan 370Z, Jeep Wrangler, Smart Fortwo and a second Mini Cooper.
MSN’s “Top Convertibles for 2013” also include the BMW 3-Series, Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette, Fiat 500, Ford Mustang, Jeep Wrangler, Lexus IS-F, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and SL-Class, and Nissan 370Z. Others on the MSN list are the Audi R8 and A5, BMW 1-Series and Z4, Ferrari 458, Porsche 911 and Boxster, and Volkswagen Beetle.
Of its top 3 convertibles, The Street says:
Chevrolet Camaro – Let the gearheads fight over whether the Camaro or Mustang provide more power for the money. Among these two convertibles, the Camaro gets the upper hand with a 326 horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine that still gets 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
Chrysler 200 Touring – There was a time a working-class U.S. driver could buy a convertible without being shoved into a compact box, putting on a pair of racing gloves or taking out a mortgage to pay for some luxury marque’s hood ornament. The Chrysler 200 is the last link to that distant past.
Ford Mustang – That 31 miles per gallon on the highway, six-speaker sound system and 4.2-inch touchscreen entertainment and navigation display give it all great features of a practical midsize without ditching any of the muscle.
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