Few vehicles do retro quite as faithfully as the New Beetle, even if it has nothing in common mechanically with the original rear-engine car.
However, for design mavens and small-car fans, there's the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper Convertible.
Both models are a thrill to drive, handle better than the New Beetle, and go much farther on a gallon of gas.
The Ford Mustang hits the right styling notes and offers convertible and V-8 editions to boot.
Volkswagen's own Rabbit hatchback has a four-door version, a rich interior, up-to-date equipment, and good crash-test performance.
Or for just a few thousand more than the New Beetle Convertible, you could also step up to the Eos, which is a much more sophisticated, sporty convertible with an advanced folding hardtop.
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|2009 Volkswagen BeetleBrowse Used Listings||2010 Ford MustangBrowse Used Listings||2009 Volkswagen EosBrowse Used Listings||2009 Volkswagen RabbitBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I5||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I5|
|2-Door Manual S||2-Door Coupe V6||2-Door Convertible Manual Komfort||2-Door HB Manual S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Convertible||2 Door HB|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2009 Volkswagen Beetle vs. 2010 Ford Mustang||2009 Volkswagen Beetle vs. 2009 Volkswagen Eos||2009 Volkswagen Beetle vs. 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit|