Convertibles are dream cars. If you can afford the added expenses of a roofless car--and live in a place where top-down driving makes sense most of the year--they're also some of the most engaging vehicles you can drive and own.
Buying a new convertible can be a confusing prospect. Do I really need a car without a roof, considering my usual commute and weekend driving? What's the difference between a ragtop, a convertible, a cabriolet, or a hardtop convertible? It's even more difficult when you consider the limited availability and big price span of new convertibles--a range that spans from about $25,000 to more than $300,000.
Which new convertible should you buy? The Car Connection has some help. Finding your way to the best new droptop can be as time-consuming as studying a few of those important factors and letting them lead you through the process.
Or you can take this shortcut.
We've looked at the data, we've considered the ratings we apply to every new vehicle we review--and have come up with this buying guide, to help you find the best convertibles you can buy more quickly.
To qualify as one of our Best Convertibles To Buy 2015, a pickup must:
- must score higher than an 8.0 rating on The Car Connection's full review
- must have a base price of less than $100,000--twice the amount we allow for our Best Car To Buy competition
- no reported score lower than four stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Keep in mind, these convertibles may finish with higher scores than our annual Best Car To Buy winner. That vehicle is chosen from a shorter list of brand-new or significantly changed vehicles in a model year. These rankings pit all vehicles against each other, regardless of how many years they've been on the market, and they're open to every vehicle on sale during the current model year.
Also, by our definition, hardtop convertibles are just that. You'll find those vehicles ranked here, not on the Coupes list.
After vetting all the convertibles offered for the 2015 model year, we've narrowed it down to the following set of vehicles, and given our insight in the bottom line from our original review. They're ranked in the order of scoring as of our latest update. Since our reviews are updated frequently for safety data, late model changes, or fuel-economy revisions, the order may change occasionally.
By these standards, these vehicles stack up as the best convertibles on the road today:
TCC Rating: 9.2
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2013 Jaguar XK 2-door Convertible XKR Angular Front Exterior View
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2013 Audi R8 Spyder
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TCC Rating: 9.0
2015 Porsche Boxster GTS
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2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
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2015 BMW M4 Convertible
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TCC Rating: 8.8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
With exceptional performance, style, comfort, features, and most of all value, the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray is a remarkable sports car. Read more »
TCC Rating: 8.6
2013 Audi A5 Cabriolet
2013 Audi A5 Cabriolet
The Audi A5 coupe and convertible are sleek and supple, but make the most sense in their S and RS guises. Read more »
TCC Rating: 8.4
2012 BMW 6-Series convertible first drive
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2015 Ford Mustang Convertible
2015 Ford Mustang Convertible
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2015 Mercedes-Benz E Class 2-door Cabriolet E400 RWD Angular Front Exterior View
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TCC Rating: 8.2
2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible
The 2015 BMW 2-Series is a well-rounded luxury sports coupe with looks, handling, features, and speed that belie its entry-level positioning. Read more »
2014 BMW 4-Series 2-door Convertible 428i RWD Angular Front Exterior View
The 2015 BMW 4-Series Coupe and Convertible build on the bones of the 3-Series sport sedan, with comparable performance but a little more flesh and flair. Read more »
2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (SL63 AMG)
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is sportier than its predecessor, but still manages to coddle its occupants just as before. Read more »
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (SLK250)
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class combines mini-SL style with a choice of efficient or potent powertrains, but it's better suited to cruising than corner-carving. Read more »