Best convertibles

Convertibles

These affordable drop-tops come in quite a few flavors, from small, sporty two-seaters to SUVs with seating for five and off-road chops. There's a match for every lifestyle and budget, just as long as you want the wind in your hair.
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
1
Redesigned in 2016

Mazda MX-5 Miata

MSRP
$25,730 - $35,495
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 30
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
1
Redesigned in 2016

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

MSRP
$32,345 - $37,995
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 30
2020 Ford Mustang
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Redesigned in 2015

Ford Mustang

MSRP
$32,170 - $45,130
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
23


Luxury convertibles

Luxury convertibles let you enjoy the open air in comfort while offering seating for up to five people and usable trunks. Expect lots of creature comforts and advanced technology features.
Not enough vehicles yet to rank
Redesigned in 2015

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

MSRP
$51,850 - $83,800
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 24
Introduced in 2014

BMW 4 Series

MSRP
$53,100 - $62,150
Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 27


Luxury sport convertibles

Go fast, get sun: Luxury sport convertibles are sports cars with seating meant for two and little room for luggage. These cars are about speed and handling, and their pedigree comes at a price.

RankVehicleAdditional Information
1
Redesigned in 2014

Chevrolet Corvette

The drop-top Corvette is simply a blast to drive and a tremendous bargain. It demands some compromises, but they're pretty easy to live with.
MSRP
$60400 - $135400
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 19
RankVehicleAdditional Information
2
Redesigned in 2017

Porsche 718 Boxster

The 718 Boxster solidifies the nameplate's well-deserved reputation for sublime driving thrills. Outstanding handling, powerful engines and top-down fun put this convertible in the pantheon of the world's best.
MSRP
$59000 - $82800
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 24
RankVehicleAdditional Information
3
Redesigned in 2019

BMW Z4

The BMW Z4 is a top competitor in a limited field. Anyone interested in some smile-inducing top-down motoring should definitely take one for a warm-weather test drive.
MSRP
$49700 - $63700
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 27



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Video reviews

2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible Reveal -- Mid-Engine Corvette Convertible!

2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible Reveal -- Mid-Engine Corvette Convertible!

MARK TAKAHASI: Mom, apple pie, baseball. These are things we traditionally think of as American, right? Personally, I think of our accomplishments to describe the uniquely American experience. We're here at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where 50 years ago, three brave astronauts strapped into a Saturn 5 rocket, blasted off to the moon, forever changing humanity's story arc. 16 years before that, though, America's sports car was born. And it's closely tied to the space program. We're here to check out the latest version of that sports car in the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. [MUSIC PLAYING] In 1953, Chevrolet introduced the Corvette, a small convertible sports car, to compete against those little roasters GIs were falling in love with overseas. America's first astronaut, Alan Shepard, had a '57 'vette just like my mom's. A decade later, the edgier, second generation was introduced, along with the iconic Stingray name. And this one, in particular, used to be Neil Armstrong's. Come on, how cool is that? We just happen to have a '66 this same color rotating above the Edmunds reception desks too. The third generation, C3m three showed up just as the Apollo program hit its stride in 1968. There's a famous photo of the Apollo 12 astronauts posing with their custom gold 427 Stingrays. Starting in 1984, the C4 ensured the 80s and 90s were rad. The C5 'vette ran from '97 to 2004, and we had a wonderful Z06 from 2002, our long-term fleet. The true 21st century Corvette started with the C6 and C7s, which dramatically increased the technology and performance quotient. That brings us to the all-new 8th generation, which represents the biggest change in the Corvette's history. We showed you the Stingray coupe over the summer, and for the most part, this convertible is mechanically identical. Under this deck lid is the same 6.2 liter, naturally aspirated, push rod V8 that puts out 495 horsepower and 470-pound feet of torque. Attached to that is an 8-speed automated dual clutch transmission. Sadly, it doesn't sound like we're going to get a manual this time around. There are some design challenges that go along with a mid engine sports car like this. And if you look at something like, let's say, the Lamborghini Diablo Spyder, where the deck looks really huge and heavy and the seating position is way too far forward. That is not the case with a Corvette convertible. They styled it impeccably, so it looks almost like the coupe. These nacelles here that run from the headrest all the way to the tail really break up some of that space. And these intersecting lines and decreases lighten that visual weight. Also helping to break up some of that visual weight is this black fascia down here, which kind of helps it not look as heavy and chunky as it normally would. One thing that I was really concerned with the design of this new C8 Corvette was this really, really big center thing with all the buttons on it. They're all climate controls, so it sort of makes sense, but I have to say this. In photos, it looks really awkward. In practice, sitting here, it's actually pretty good. I mean, you have everything at your command. Maybe they could have slimmed it down with fewer buttons, but I'm sorry. It kind of works. You also have this nice little hand rest here for the dial controller. And this squared off steering wheel actually feels pretty good. I have to say, it might be fulfilling some like Formula 1 driver aspirations. Overall, the interior has a nice snug feel without feeling too cramped. There are obviously a lot of challenges when it comes to converting the coupe to a convertible, so I'm here with Ed Piatek, chief engineer for the Corvette. Ed, what kind of challenges did you run into with this mid engine Corvette? ED PIATEK: Well, typically you have a lot of challenges from a structure standpoint if you're removing the roof from a coupe that uses the roof as a load path. But in the case of all the Corvettes going back to the 6th generation car, they've all effectively been convertibles. They all have removable roof panels. So we can't count on the roof. So when we do a car like this, we use a tunnel-dominant structure. If you took a look at the underbody of the car you'll see we've got a really big tunnel section. And that gives it sort of the backbone that gives you great bending and torsional stiffness. So for us to do a convertible, it's not as big a challenge, as far as having to remediate that and put band-aids on the car to get the structure back. MARK TAKAHASI: So that's all really impressive, but something I heard earlier is even more impressive. How much more does this convertible weigh than the coupe? ED PIATEK: We're still in the final validation phase, so I don't have an exact number. But it's going to be less than 100 pounds difference from coupe to convertible, which is why we think the acceleration performance that everyone's excited about for the coupe will carry right over into the convertible. MARK TAKAHASI: That's amazing considering that a lot of convertibles weigh several pounds more than their coupe counterparts. Thanks a lot, Ed. ED PIATEK: Hey, thank you. MARK TAKAHASI: It's been a pleasure. I can't wait to drive it. ED PIATEK: It's great. I'm here with Kirk Bennion, chief designer of the Corvette. What were your main challenges with the C8? KIRK BENNION: Well, I would tell you in developing this convertible top, the mechanization was something that we started on very early. There were certain things that we wanted to maintain in the design. We want to maintain the shoulders and the quarters. But also we wanted to maintain some surfacing that led up to those nacelles. So we started with a small patch of surface, and we continued to develop that fiber link system to give us his tapered upper. But to work around that early surface-- we didn't even know what the car was going to look like as a whole, but we knew we wanted these particular elements in the design. MARK TAKAHASI: But a lot of the challenges for mid engine is the back end looks really heavy, and the passenger compartment looks like it's squished too far forward. How did you solve that? KIRK BENNION: A lot of that depends on just where you place that windshield. And, you know, kind of like with the windshield assembly, and your wiper assembly, call panel and that, we like that to be over center of axle-- center of the front wheel. We feel it-- for this car that gives us the best proportion. It's that right amount to reach, where it doesn't look like it's crammed, with it's reaching forward. And then it gives us just enough room in the back to kind of stretch things out and still get that for-- you know, what we call a cockpit forward accent. But in doing so, that allows us to lean out the car, basically. MARK TAKAHASI: Well, it's a pleasure to see it in the flesh. Thanks for taking the time. KIRK BENNION: Thank you. MARK TAKAHASI: If you ask me, the Corvette convertible is just as sharp as the coupe. And it's also as relatively affordable costing, $7,500 more. Expect a starting price of around $67,000 when it goes on sale in March of 2020. I'm not completely convinced it's worth shelling out the extra money for the convertible, since the coupe already has a removable roof. Whether you choose the coupe or the convertible you're pretty much guaranteed you're going to be driving the new hotness for at least a couple months. That's it from the Corvette convertible unveil at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. If you thought we'd come here and not check out the astronaut experience, you're wrong. For sticking around this long, here's a bonus. Some snippets from astronaut camp. Woohoo! Come on, Doug. Let's go steal a rocket. [MUSIC PLAYING] That's where I belong.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible continues the unbroken tradition of being offered as a drop-top roadster. This adaptation of the groundbreaking mid-engine Corvette coupe gives you a bit more of the open-air experience than the standard Targa roof.

FAQ

What are the best convertibles on the market?
For delivering the kind of pure enjoyment that makes you want to get behind the wheel, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is our top-rated convertible. If you're looking for an open air cruiser with premium comfort and features, we recommend the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. And for maximum performance, try the Chevrolet Corvette, our pick for the best high-end convertible sports car. Learn more
What is the top-rated convertible for 2019?
The Mazda Miata was already our top-rated convertible, but for 2019 it received a handful of tweaks that made it even better. It's not the most practical car, but the Miata received high marks for delivering pure driving enjoyment. 2019 was also the final year of the last generation Chevrolet Corvette, another Edmunds top-rated pick. We'll miss the convertible model's handling prowess, powerful V8, and available manual transmission. Learn more
What is the top-rated convertible for 2018?
In 2018, the Mazda Miata was our top-rated convertible for its pure, fun-to-drive character and no-fuss convertible roof. The Miata delivers affordable, accessible thrills. Our top-rated luxury convertible for 2018 was the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a comfortable drop-top big on comfort and technology features. A range of powerful engines are available to turn up the excitement. Learn more
What are the best used convertibles to buy?
Look for "CPO" or certified pre-owned vehicles if you're shopping for used convertible. Among lightly used minivans likely to be available via CPO programs, we like the Mazda Miata. The Miata is a small car that's big on driving enjoyment. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is our top pick for a used luxury convertible, and if you're looking for more power we recommend the Chevrolet Corvette. Learn more

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