11 Reliable Convertibles on the Cheap | J.D. Power Cars

2 Seater Sports Cars Convertible

Sports Cars / April 3, 2017

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

  • EPA Fuel Economy 30 mpg combined
  • Trunk Volume 4.6 cu.ft.
  • Available Total Seating 2
  • Drivetrain Warranty 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
  • Available Drivetrains Rear Wheel Drive
  • Government Crash Rating Not Rated

Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: There really aren't many non-luxury convertibles left, and among them, the completely redesigned Miata is an easy choice. Smaller and lighter than the car it replaces, the 2016 MX-5 Miata is an even sharper driving machine. It zips around turns with an enthusiasm few other cars can match, while its efficient four-cylinder engine is peppy enough to make pulling out of those turns a joy. Plus, it has an abundance of creature comforts and infotainment features that make it a more livable convertible than before, along with a manually operated retractable roof that's exceptionally easy to use: Just flip a latch and fling it back, or flip another latch and pull it forward.

2016 Ford Mustang

  • EPA Fuel Economy 18-24 mpg combined
  • Trunk Volume 11.4 cu.ft.
  • Available Total Seating 4
  • Drivetrain Rear wheel drive

Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Ford Mustang: This rental-fleet darling received a complete overhaul last year that makes it much more appealing to those looking to purchase a convertible — not just rent one from Hertz or Avis. Stiffer than its predecessor and (finally!) riding atop an independent rear suspension, the 2016 Mustang Convertible possesses much greater solidity and refinement. Its higher-quality cabin, ample features list, power-operated soft top and classic Mustang styling check off desirable convertible boxes, though its cramped backseat can make four-person travel difficult. Oh, and then there's performance.2016 Ford Mustang Although the EcoBoost four-cylinder has garnered a great deal of interest, it's not really in keeping with the Mustang's character. It may get the job done for some, but the V8-powered GT is still our choice.

2016 BMW 2 Series

  • EPA Fuel Economy 22-27 mpg combined
  • Trunk Volume N/A
  • Drivetrain Warranty 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
  • Drivetrain RWD, AWD

Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 BMW 2 Series: Some may lament that the 2 Series Convertible lacks the retractable hardtop of its 4 Series big brother, but it's honestly not a problem. The 2 Series' multilayer cloth roof quells noise well enough to make you forget you're in a convertible, and it also folds quicker than a hardtop and doesn't take up as much space in the trunk. You can even get it with a distinctive metallic finish. Like its coupe sibling, the 2 Series Convertible strikes an excellent balance between thrilling performance and everyday comfort and convenience. This is especially true of the M235i version with its standard M Sport adaptive suspension, which is offered on the base 228i model as an option. Whether you're looking for a small luxury convertible or a high-performance drop-top toy, the 2 Series won't disappoint.

2016 BMW 2 Series2016 Chevrolet Corvette

  • EPA Fuel Economy 16-21 mpg combined
  • Trunk Volume 10.0 cu.ft.
  • Drivetrain Warranty 5 yr./ 100000 mi.

Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette: The Corvette has long stood as an amazing sports car bargain, albeit one with a few rough edges, particularly inside the car. The latest, seventh-generation Corvette erases that criticism by way of its well-trimmed cockpit with up-to-date technology. The "C7" also performs as well as cars that cost two to four times as much. Even the base model can rocket to 60 mph in the low 4-second range while also rating a remarkable 21 mpg combined. Furthermore, the Chevrolet Corvette convertible provides enough comfort and utility to be a daily driver, especially if you opt for the superb adaptive suspension. Oh, and would you like to get your convertible 'Vette in race-ready Z06 trim? Well, now you can do that, too.

2016 Chevrolet Corvette2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

  • EPA Fuel Economy 20-24 mpg combined
  • Trunk Volume 11.5 cu.ft.

Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet: While the other luxury convertibles on this list have a clear performance bent, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is all about opulence. And if you're looking for a serene top-down driving experience that allows you to arrive at your destination without your hair looking as if it's been through a hurricane, the E Cabriolet is hard to beat. Thanks to high side windows, a rear wind deflector and a unique AirCap deflector that rises from the windshield header, the convertible E-Class all but eliminates top-down turbulence. The front seats are heated and can be equipped with ventilation as well as the AirScarf system that blows warm air on your neck when driving on a cool night. Of course, the usual Mercedes build quality, safety, interior ambience, comfort and performance are present and accounted for.

2016 Porsche Boxster

  • EPA Fuel Economy 20-26 mpg combined
  • Trunk Volume 10 cu.ft.

Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Porsche Boxster: The Porsche Boxster would be one of our top-recommended performance cars even if it didn't have a cloth roof that folds over your shoulder. This roadster delivers stellar handling, truly glorious engine noises and more than enough power to put a great big smile on your face. But it's just as attractive when you compare it to other premium convertibles. The ride is reasonably comfortable, the seats are plenty spacious for average-size adults, interior build quality is impeccable, the structure seems resolutely stout over railroad tracks and other chassis-twisting road features, and there are not one, but two trunks to carry your weekend's worth of stuff. The Boxster is without a doubt our roadster of choice in this class.

2016 BMW 4 Series

  • EPA Fuel Economy 23-27 mpg combined
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet 2016 Porsche Boxster 2016 BMW 4 Series 2016 Jaguar F-Type

Source: www.edmunds.com