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Convertibles are excellent cars. I wow buy level 100 boost% stand by it and it’s a shame they’re not more popular. I own a Mazda Miata and it still surprises me how much it offers with its tiny package and nonfixed roof.
These drop-top machines are fun, often boast zippy powertrains and are just plain different compared to your average car. Yes, sometimes they leak when you go through the car wash and keeping a soft top clean is a major pain, but that’s all a small price to pay for the eternal grin I have on my face whenever I get behind the wheel of a drop-top.
With all of that said, I’ve assembled a list of the best convertibles available today. Take a read and check out some of the tips I’ve got for dealing with owning a convertible daily driver afterward.
There is a reason why the answer is always Miata. The is the quintessential convertible: small, rear-wheel drive and room for two. The latest Miatas are available with a soft top or in the gorgeous RF trim with a targa top. To take down the soft top, simply undo one central latch and push the top back. To lower the RF, the car must be moving no faster than six miles per hour and takes 13 seconds.
The 2.0-liter I4 engine pushes out 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque and yes, you can get it with a six-speed manual transmission. It’s not the quickest thing in a straight line but when the road turns twisty you can embarrass much more powerful cars with its brilliant handling.
The best part? They start at $27,825 including $995 for destination, and even the most expensive RF can be had for right around $35,000.