Hardtop convertibles are expensive, and usually heavy, versions of sporty coupes we love.
If you're considering a G37 Convertible, it's worth taking a look at the Audi A5, which goes the soft-top route to keep weight down--but the A5 has lax performance, and doesn't really get interesting until it's upconverted into the powerful S5 convertible.
BMW's 3-Series convertible is a long-standing favorite, though it's one of the biggest weight gainers of all the folding-top conversions.
On the lighter side, there's the Lexus IS convertible; with the smaller V-6 it's as close as you'll get to underpowered in the class, and in either that or IS 350C trim, it's just not as sleek as the Infiniti.
Both the Volvo C70 and VW Eos are more practical choices, with bigger back seats; they've tended to be frail, though.
Given the choice, we'd drive the Eos with VW's dual-clutch transmission, for a little more driving pleasure than the uninvolving Volvo.
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|16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I5|
|Subcompact||Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars||Subcompact||Subcompact Cars||Subcompact|
|2-Door Base||2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||2-Door Convertible Manual||2-Door Convertible Komfort SULEV||2-Door Convertible T5|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Convertible||Coupe||Sedan||Convertible||2 Door Convertible||2 Door Convertible|
|Automatic||Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic|