2012 Volvo C70 vs. Its Competition

2012 Volvo C70 Inscription
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The 2012 Volvo C70 stands on its own as a somewhat unusual combination of elements: front-wheel drive, a turbocharged five-cylinder engine, and luxury folding hardtop packaging.

The competition avoids one or more of these features, and consequently each has a slightly different character. The 2012 Lexus IS 250C, for example, sports a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter V-6 that's a little less powerful but just as fuel efficient as the C70's turbocharged engine.

The Lexus is also priced just below the C70, making it a potential value buy--yet still fully within the luxury convertible realm. The 2012 Infiniti G37 Convertible, on the other hand, packs much more punch with its 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 engine, yet still secures similar fuel economy at 17/25 mpg.

The Infiniti is also available with a six-speed manual transmission, an arguably more attractive exterior, and an equally refined interior.

It does cost about 15 percent more, however. Finally, we have the 2012 BMW 3-Series convertibles.

Available in 328i, 335i and 335is trims, the 3-Series offers a choice between a naturally-aspirated inline-six cylinder, a turbo variant, and a very sporty twin-turbo model.

All of the 3-Series convertibles are more powerful, better-handling, rear-wheel-drive, and among the most attractive hardtop convertibles on the market.

They are, however, even more expensive than the Infiniti convertible, perhaps proving the maxim "you get what you pay for."

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With a healthy dash of Scandinavian style and Volvo's excellent reputation for safety, the 2012 C70 makes a solid all-around choice for a hardtop convertible.
8.4
The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity.
7.8
The Infiniti G37 Convertible doesn't suffer the usual styling compromises, but it's a little less exciting to drive than its Coupe cousin.
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The 2012 Lexus IS 250C strikes a good middle ground between racy roadsters and luxury convertible cruisers, but its sluggish powertrain performance will be a deal-breaker for many.
MSRP From   
$40,450$34,900$46,650$41,190
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Turbocharged Gas I5Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
SubcompactCompact CarsSubcompactSubcompact
Style Name   
2-Door Convertible T54-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV2-Door Base250C 2-Door Convertible Manual
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4544
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door ConvertibleSedanConvertibleConvertible
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticManual