2013 Volvo C70 vs. Its Competition

2013 Volvo C70
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

There's nothing else on the market quite like the 2013 Volvo C70; it stands on its own as a somewhat unusual combination of elements: front-wheel drive, a turbocharged five-cylinder engine, and luxury folding hardtop packaging.

And the competition goes in several different directions, depending if you want more emphasis on comfort, performance, or value.

The Lexus IS 250C 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 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.

The BMW 3-Series convertibles are another option; they're due for an all-new design that follows the redesign of the 3-Series sedans by a year; but we expect that their reputation for superb handling will remain, with an interior that's better than ever.

At the value end of the spectrum is the Volkswagen Eos, which is a rather staid but perfectly competent model that drives better than it looks.

And the Ford Mustang turns heads but lacks the sort of comfort and finesse of any of these other models.

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8.2
The 2013 Volvo C70 is neither a serious sports car nor a high-clout cruiser, but it's a comfortable, upscale convertible that feels luxurious without being too ostentatious.
8.6
The 2013 BMW 3-Series is safe, fuel-efficient, and well-connected, yet it delivers the class-leading performance and handling that enthusiasts have come to expect.
8.4
Don't let the brash sound and classic looks fool you; the Ford Mustang offers some of the best performance-car bang for the buck--delivered with surprising sophistication.
8.0
Get past the understated look of the 2013 Volkswagen Eos, and you'll find its turbo powertrain, smart handling, and refined, roomy interior to be a delightful combination.
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.
7.6
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     
$41,200$32,550$22,200$34,650$46,650$41,190
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged Gas I5Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
SubcompactCompact CarsCompactSubcompact CarsSubcompactSubcompact
Style Name     
2-Door Convertible T54-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa2-Door Coupe V62-Door Convertible Komfort SULEV2-Door Base250C 2-Door Convertible Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
454444
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
ConvertibleSedanCoupe2 Door ConvertibleConvertibleConvertible
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticManual