Jeeps and Convertibles for Summer – Heat goes up, top goes down

 

Summer driving in a convertible

There are few images more representative of freedom and beauty than driving a vehicle with the top down in beautiful, sunny weather with a warm breeze blowing all around.

Getting into the swing of summer, we’re going to give you some of the best options on the market for new vehicles you can use to enjoy the outdoors, off-road or on.

 

2015 Fiat 500c Cabrio POP – MSRP starts at $20,345

2015 Fiat 500c Cabrio POP Convertible
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How do you make a popular small car design just perfect for summer driving? Ditch the hardtop and drive. Boom.

The Fiat 500c, already a bit of a viral legend in its own right, is turning some heads in the wild with the cabriolet-inspired convertible edition.

With standard all-aluminum wheels, a 2.4 L engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission, the Fiat 500c Convertible is the right ride for summer roads.

 

2015 Jeep Renegade – MSRP starts at $17,995

2015 Jeep Renegade
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This thing is hotter than the streets of Miami in July. There has been big buzz around this descendant of the famous concept vehicle by the same name ever since images of it, in the often-spotted Omaha Orange paint, hit the Internet a couple years ago. While this subcompact SUV is a deviation from the classic Jeep design, being built on the same platform as Fiat 500X, it maintains the true “top down” spirit of the brand in its own way.

The My Sky™ dual-panel retractable/stowable sunroof gives a verisimilitude of the wind-in-your-hair Jeep experience, but with a traditional body frame. Is this a peek into the future of the way cars will maintain structural integrity while letting drivers feel the breeze? Maybe. Roll cage or not, the breeze you get with this design has fans.

 

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata – MSRP starts at $23,970

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible
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The Mazda MX-5 Miata was an instant classic when it was first introduced in 1989, and the design has changed little, but always for the better. Every model has been met with overall positive reviews by auto critics, is perennially popular with convertible enthusiasts and has a loyal fan base, partly due to the consistency of its core design. The resulting huge varieties of aftermarket parts that are available make this roadster a customizer’s dream convertible.

 

2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport – MSRP starting at $26,795

2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport
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This is the classic Jeep of the modern lineup. The frame-direct reinforced roll cage means that you can get some serious breeze exposure when you take the top down.

As the most affordable of the Wrangler Unlimited family, this one offers 100 percent of the fun of classic Jeeps at a lower price.

 

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