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."
|2012 Volvo C70||2012 BMW 3-Series||2012 Infiniti G37 Convertible||2012 Lexus IS 250C|
|$40,450Browse Used Listings||$34,900Browse Used Listings||$46,650Browse Used Listings||$41,190Browse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I5||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2-Door Convertible T5||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||2-Door Base||250C 2-Door Convertible Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Convertible||Sedan||Convertible||Convertible|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Manual|