It’s that time of year again! Spring and Summer are the perfect times of year to drop the top and get some sunlight in your life. Especially in the Pacific Northwest. Think about taking a ride, the wind in your hair, looking over Lake Washington or the Puget sound. By this time of year, everybody is going to be flocking to the outside. The bad news is that over the years, a plethora of bad topless cars were made, so be sure to look at only the best convertibles on the used market.
Celebrating this transition from gray weather to clear skies, and a resurgence of vitamin D, here are the 5 Best Convertibles to drive this Spring. We chose each model based on cost, power, availability, and style. So if you are looking to get a used convertible this season, there is no better place to look!
1. 2004-2008 Porsche Boxster
Isn’t she gorgeous? This mid-engined roadster holds two people, has ample luggage space, and makes number one on the list for good reason.
First, if you need a little kick to your ride, this beauty packs quite a wallop at 315 horsepower. For precise numbers, the Boxster reaches 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. If you are looking for a little more power, you can look for later models after 2007 because those models received notable engine upgrades.
Second, it is one of the best vehicles for people wanting a bargain on a mid-engine convertible. You can find 2004-2005 versions of this vehicle listed between $4,000 – $10,000. Just be sure, if you buy an older version with more mileage, to set aside some extra cash in case something goes wrong. But besides that, the Porsche Boxster is no doubt one of the best convertibles on the market.
2. 2000-2004 Honda S2000
The Honda S2000 was launched to celebrate Honda’s 50th anniversary. The 2000 model year is a well-balanced roadster that carries a 50:50 front-rear weight distribution, limited-slip differential, and responsive steering to make for a smooth ride. With roughly 237-247 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission, the Honda S2000 makes for the perfect wine-country cruiser.
Here are some important considerations:
Models after 2004 contain oil consumption issues and weaker valve springs. If you do get a model after 2004, you need to check your oil consistently. Once the oil light goes on, it can be too late. For models after 2009, the engine has been known to suffer catastrophic failure. This is also the same year that they stopped producing the vehicle. So if you are on the market, I recommend searching for pre-2004 models only.
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3. 2014-2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
Bringing back the roots of the original Corvette which was only offered as a convertible (1954-1962), the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray represents more than 60 years of car history. As a newer model and more expensive than the preceding cars on the list, this roadster is powered by 455-460 horsepower. The driver can choose between a seven-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
If you want to set the eyes of car lovers spinning with a luxurious speedster — then Chevrolet’s Corvette Stingray Convertible is one of the best convertibles to buy in 2017. But you will need to set aside a much larger amount of money than the other cars listed (between $30,000 – $50,000).
4. BMW 3 & 4 Series Convertibles
The BMW 4 series is a compact coupe for those wanting style and luxury. Unlike most convertibles, the 4 series is a highly practical vehicle. The driver can enjoy a nice summer ride or bring the family on a cross-country vacation. This car can reach 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds with a considerable 300 horsepower. If you have some cash, you can find a good deal on a BMW 4 series for about $30,000.
If you are looking for more of a bargain, then I would recommend the BMW 3 series.
This is considered to be an entry-level luxury car by BMW. This model also comes in various shapes and sizes, as it has been released in 2-door, 4-door, 5-door, convertible, sedan, and hatchback versions. Of course, we are talking about the best convertibles here!
It is no surprise that the BMW 3 series accounted for 30% of BMW’s total annual sales. Due to there being so many different models and years, the prices fluctuate. But you can easily find models between $5,000 and $10,000.
5. 2005 Cadillac XLR
This luxury roadster was based on Chevrolet’s Corvette Convertible model but features a whole set of unique features. The 2005 Cadillac XLR holds heated and cooled seats, a wooden trim, and holds up to 320 horsepower. Nominated for the North American Car of the Year in 2004, you can be assured a comfortable and satisfying ride.
Bonus Best Convertible: Mercedes-Benz SL600 1993-2002
Although this vehicle is hard to find on the market, we had to include it for one reason: it is the ultimate expression of a grand touring vehicle. On sale in the United States from 1993 to 2002, this roadster was built during the post-war American market. The SL600 model uses a v12 engine which produces 493 horsepower. If that isn’t enough power, you can pick up a 2007 model which holds 530 horsepower. Although Mercedes-Benz claims that the vehicle reaches 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, according to Car and Driver, it can reach this speed in only 3.6 seconds.
Are these the Best Convertibles?
If you are looking to buy the best convertible possible, you don’t need to get the fanciest car, most expensive, or the fastest. If you want an enjoyable ride, something that excites you every Saturday morning when you take a cruise, then you have to consider affordability, reliability, and whether or not your convertible fits your needs.
Having said that, the perfect convertible doesn’t need to be a dream. Are you interested in buying a convertible? If so, you can look through our convertible listings here on TRED, here’s why:
• We give each vehicle a 150-point inspection to provide users a clear view of the car’s condition
• Buyers and sellers on our website are personally vetted by our system
• We ensure safe purchases and give financing with rates as low as 1.99%
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