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Sun Sippers: 6 Convertibles With The Best Gas Mileage

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible

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At the first hints of summer, after just a few sun-soaked days, it's tempting to put aside all your plans for a sensible new vehicle and instead go for one that tousles your hair a bit.

Trouble is, in shopping for a convertible, it's easy to lose sight about what happens come fall, or what you're going to have to live with year-round. Many of today's convertibles are actually quite easy to live with, and far more weathertight, quiet, and practical than those of the past. Yet with uncertainty over fuel gas prices, fuel expenses are what could come back to haunt you if you don't pay close attention.

Meanwhile, it's really not so hard to find a convertible that won't break the fuel budget; a number of roadsters such as the Nissan 370Z, BMW Z4, Infiniti G37 Convertible, and Porsche Boxster get EPA Combined figures that are well over the 20-mpg mark, while even the 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 Convertible gets a rating of 31 mpg highway (19 city).

But if miles per gallon and open air are two of your top priorities, you can do even better. To single out the convertibles with the highest gas mileage, we considered EPA Combined ratings. Read on to see which models do best, along with our comments about how they might fit into your summer dream:

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Comments (3)
  1. I don't understand the EPA numbers for the Miata. Mine gets 29 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, significantly better than the published numbers.

  2. @Vince,
    Do you have a 2007 or earlier model? The EPA revised its figures for the 2008 model year to make them more closely resemble real-world results. So while the 2011 model might be rated lower, the gas mileage you actually see will probably be the same, if not better.

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