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TCC's Top 7 Convertibles for the Long, Hot Summer Ahead

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2010 Jaguar XK

2010 Jaguar XK

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Ugh. It's 90 degrees already today. Where did spring go? Probably the same place as our 401(k) plans, if you're anything like us.

The return of swelter season means our attention turns to one thing here at TheCarConnection: lining up convertibles for test drives. Lucky us, right? We think you should be thinking convertible, too. Not only do convertible provide an excellent source of nutrition--scientists say 20 minutes of sunshine each day triggers your body into producing essential vitamin D--they're also chicken soup for the soul, minus the bits of celery and carrots that no one really wants in there in the first place.

You need some guidance, of course. TheCarConnection rates all the vehicles we review, and according to our convertible ratings for the 2010 model year, there are at least seven droptops that rise to the top of anyone's test-drive and shopping lists. Not surprisingly, many of them are very sporty cars that can out-accelerate most everything else on the market. After all, you need something fast -- all that rushing air keeps you from sticking to the seat with sweat.

When it comes down to putting the top down, these are TheCarConnection's top 7 convertibles for the long, hot summer ahead:

2010 Jaguar XK

Rating: 9.4 out of 10

Brilliant from the drawing table down to the tarmac, the 2010 Jaguar XK and XKR have ripened into full sports car adulthood. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more suave grand tourer than the 2010 Jaguar XK and XKR. The $83,000 XK and $96,000 XKR already had some of the finest looks and road manners--and now they have outrageous output to match. This year, Jaguar's upsized the XK to a nice, round 510 horsepower as it hammers out a permanent niche alongside the Benz SL, BMW 6-Series, Chevy Corvette, and even the Porsche 911.

Key feature: The XK's LCD touchscreen drives a stunning Bowers & Wilkins audio system--perfect for auditioning to be one of Katy Perry's California Gurls. (Or so we're told.)

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