Luxury roadsters can be more than just one-trick ponies–offering versatility with enough space for a weekend trip, enough comfort for daily commutes, features befitting luxury coupes, and enough thrills to satisfy all but the track-rat crowd.
The BMW Z4 hits these notes at all the same angles as the SLK, oftentimes with better balanced performance.
The Porsche Boxster–and the fixed-roof Cayman–are brilliant performers with steering and handling suited for cars twice the price, and they're among our top choices in the segment.
There's also the G37 Convertible–now called the Q60–which may seem like a left-field choice, but it's less expensive, equally comfortable, and offers a pinch-use rear seat.
Looking upward in price, there's also the Jaguar XK convertible, with exceptional performance in its base form, and monstrous output in its XKR and XKR-S guise.
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|2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK ClassBrowse Used Listings||2014 BMW Z4Browse Used Listings||2014 INFINITI Q60Browse Used Listings||2014 Jaguar XKBrowse Used Listings||2014 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings||2014 Porsche CaymanBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||N/A||Premium Unleaded V-8||Premium Unleaded H-6||Premium Unleaded H-6|
|2-Door Roadster SLK 250||2-Door Roadster sDrive28i||N/A||2-Door Coupe Touring||2-Door Roadster||2-Door Coupe|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||N/A||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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