Consumers’ Favorites: Best Convertibles

Convertibles have body style and glamour, which captivates the viewer in their charm. Their distinctive feature is rigid or flexible, folding textile roofs, detachable windows and hardtops that wind-down inside the doors, making the cabriolet an open air vehicle. Most cabriolets are luxury car with two doors or two-door cars and both are also known as all-weather cars and not meant for families because of their limited cargo and passenger space.

With personalities ranging from boulevard cruiser to boulevard bruiser and cool retro styling, the Ford Mustang galloped to the lead with 15.6 percent of votes. What could be better than letting wind stream through your hair as your cabriolet roars down the highway? Unlike, when they first came off assembly line, today’s topless cars are faster, more adept and flashier at handling inclement weather. From super luxurious to sporty, drop-tops take everyday driving to new level of refinement. So, check out the following ten cars to become better acquainted with some of the best convertibles on the market today.

2009 Ford Mustang
2009 Ford Mustang
2009 Ford Mustang

More than just a show pony, the 2009 Ford Mustang offers enthusiasts on budget a tempting combination of powerful performance and timeless styling. It also offers potent performance in V8 versions, low price, eye-catching retro styling and simple controls. The Mustang is available in V6 Deluxe, GT Premium, V6 Premium and GT Deluxe trim levels. The V6 Deluxe comes equipped with keyless entry, 16 inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, CD player, auxiliary audio jack and full power accessories. The V6 Premium gets power driver seat, Shaker 500 upgraded stereo with six-CD changer and upgraded 16-inch wheels. The convertible features power vinyl top with cloth material as optional feature. In addition to V8 engine, the GT Deluxe gets all the features of Deluxe plus rear spoiler, 17-inch alloys, sport seats and foglamps. The GT Premium comes with leather upholstery and Shaker 500 sound system.

There are plethora of special-edition and option-packages available on 2009 Ford Mustang. The V6 powered Mustang models can be equipped with Pony package that includes 17 inch wheels, firmer suspension tuning, unique grille and foglamps. The GT appearance package provides hood scoop, engine cover with Mustang emblem and chrome exhaust tips. Both trims can be updated with comfort group, which includes power passenger seat, auto dimming mirror with compass and heated front seats.

The Mustang Bullitt is regarded as options package for GT Premium and adds unique exhaust and suspension tuning, cold-air-induction setup, front strut tower brace, high-performance brake pads, special interior and exterior alterations and 18-inch alloy wheels. There are two cosmetic packages available; GT California Special and Warriors in Pink. Individual options include xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, upgraded Shaker sound system, glass roof, Bluetooth, remote ignition, touchscreen navigation system and iPod integration.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette
2009 Chevrolet Corvette
2009 Chevrolet Corvette

The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette offers exotic car performance for real world money, daily driver functionality and surprisingly respectable fuel economy. It is available as two-seater convertible and its variants include standard Corvette, ZR1 and Z06.

Standard on 1LT are xenon headlamps, 19-inch rear alloy wheels and 18-inch front, keyless ignition/entry, cruise control, OnStar, full power accessories, six-way power driver seat, leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control and tilting steering wheel. The standard seven-speaker stereo system gets satellite radio, CD/MP3 player, auxiliary audio jack and steering-wheel-mounted controls. The 2LT Package comes with upgraded leather seating with power passenger seat and Bluetooth. The convertible adds power operated top with 2LT Package. More features can be found on 3LT including power telescoping steering column with manual tilting, head-up display, driver-seat memory settings, Bose audio system and heated front seats. The high performance Corvette 4LT is similar to 3LT but adds exclusive dual-tone leather interior with leather covering console top, armrests and dash top.

The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 largely mirrors standard model in terms of feature availability, but gets fixed roof, more powerful V8, larger wheels and tires, lighter frame and body panels, upgraded brakes, special sport seats and more stiffly tuned suspension. Unlike Z06, the ZR1 boasts larger wheels, more powerful supercharged V8, exclusive suspension with adaptive dampers, additional lightweight body panels and high performance carbon ceramic brakes.

Standalone options include transparent roof panel, navigation system, dual-mode exhaust, different wheels and dual-tone interior. There are suspension options for standard Corvettes: Magnetic Ride Control suspension that automatically firms up and softens suspension according to how the car is being driven) and Z51 performance handling package that adds stiffer suspension calibrations, extra cooling, specific tires, shorter gearing for six-speed manual and bigger brakes. Also available are custom trim and color combinations, plus delivery to Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

2009 Porsche Boxster
2009 Porsche Boxster
2009 Porsche Boxster

The 2009 Porsche Boxster remains one of the most desirable convertibles in the market with sublime steering and handling, top notch cabin, soulful engines, excellent available automated manual transmission and is highly customizable. The 2009 Porsche Boxster is offered in base or S trim. The base model comes with foglamps, 17-inch wheels, heated windshield-washer nozzles, power soft top, which can be operated at speeds up to 30 mph, partial leather upholstery, leather wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, four-speaker CD stereo with 5-inch monochromatic display screen and trip computer. The more powerful Boxster S gets seven-speaker stereo system and 18 inch wheels.

Highlights on 2009 Porsche Boxster include Sport Chrono Plus and Sport Chrono packages (launch control for PDK equipped models), PDK transmission, adaptive suspension dampers, 19-inch wheels in array of styles, xenon headlights, ceramic composite brakes, mechanical rear limited slip differential, removable aluminium hardtop, full power seats, button activated sport exhaust system, automatic climate control, aggressively bolstered manual sport seats, Bluetooth and satellite radio. The revised Porsche Control Management system includes hard drive based navigation system and bigger 6.5-inch display screen. In conjunction with Porsche Control Management System, extra options include iPod integration, voice-command functionality, Bose surround sound audio system with six-CD changer and USB port.

2009 BMW 3 Series
2009 BMW 3 Series
2009 BMW 3 Series

The 2009 BMW 3 Series is offered in base rear-wheel-drive 328i trim and standard equipments on include heated side mirrors, 16-inch wheels, leatherette vinyl upholstery, sunroof, 10-speaker CD stereo with auxiliary input jack and automatic climate control. Convertible versions come with slightly more equipment such as power retractable hardtop on convertible. In addition to more powerful engine, the 335i gets xenon headlights, power front seats with driver memory and 17-inch wheels.

The 2009 BMW 3 Series’ Premium Package adds auto dimming mirrors, leather upholstery, BMW Assist telematics, power seats with driver memory and Bluetooth connectivity. The Sport Package gets larger wheels, firmer suspension, special “Shadowline” exterior trim and sport seats and steering wheel. Among the a la carte options are keyless ignition/entry, navigation system with iDrive controller, front and rear parking assist, active cruise control, paddle shifters for optional automatic transmission, active steering system, rear window shades, xenon headlights, HD radio, satellite radio, Logic 7 surround sound audio system and iPod adapter.

2009 BMW Z4
2009 BMW Z4
2009 BMW Z4

The all-new 2009 BMW Z4 has moved upscale in terms of both luxury and performance. It is an impressive package, but the electric power steering is uncharacteristically numb for BMW. The BMW Z4 is basically a convertible with retractable hardtop with two versions; base sDrive30i and more powerful sDrive35i. The main difference between two cars is in the engine bay, although each comes with slightly different levels of standard equipment. The base sDrive30i model features CD audio system with satellite radio preparation and auxiliary input jack, 17 inch wheels with run flat tires, dynamic cruise control, rain sensing wipers and leather wrapped steering wheel. The sDrive35i gets niceties like automatic climate control, aluminium interior trim and leather seating.

There are plenty of notable option packages such as Premium package that includes power seats with driver side memory, leather and automatic climate control for 30i model, interior ambient lighting, auto dimming rearview mirror, BMW Assist and Bluetooth. The Cold Weather package adds heated steering wheel, headlight washers, ski bag pass-through from trunk and heated seats. The Premium Sound package includes high-end audio system with six-CD changer and iPod jack. The An Ivory White Leather package provides you with 10-way-adjustable sport seats and special wood trim.

2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata

However, not that powerful and styling as General Motors’ roadster twins, the 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata is unequalled when it comes to overall refinement and driving enjoyment. The Miata offers huge fun factor, economical to operate, precise handling and steering, choice of retractable hardtop and soft-top configurations. The 2009 Miata lineup consists of four trims: Sport, SV, Grand Touring and Touring.

Aimed at racing enthusiasts, the lightly equipped SV comes with 16 inch alloy wheels, black vinyl convertible top, height adjustable driver seat, power windows and mirrors and six-speaker stereo system with CD/MP3 player and auxiliary input jack. The Sport adds leather wrapped steering wheel and air conditioning.

2009 Honda S2000
2009 Honda S2000
2009 Honda S2000

The high revving 2009 Honda S2000 continues to serve up generous portions of performance for the price, albeit its familiar exterior styling is wearing a little thin. It offers sportscar handling, good bang for the buck, sublime shifter, exhilarating high rpm power delivery and rigid chassis. The 2009 Honda S2000 is a compact two-seater roadster, which is available in base and CR versions. The base S2000 includes 17 inch alloy wheels, power convertible soft top with glass rear window, leather upholstery, xenon headlights, air conditioning, CD player and full power accessories. There are no significant factory options for S2000, but number of dealer sourced accessories including removable hardtop are available.

The CR model is racetrack-oriented aimed at die hard enthusiasts. Sound system and air-conditioning have been removed for reducing weight, though they can be added back as options. Other features of CR include power soft top and sound insulation, the latter being replaced by removable aluminium hardtop. The CR also gets quite a few dark gray wheels with wider rear tires, effective aerodynamic spoilers, quicker steering ratio, even sportier suspension tuning, fabric seats with suede inserts and sport tuned muffler.

2009 Mercedes Benz SLK-Class
2009 Mercedes Benz SLK-Class
2009 Mercedes Benz SLK-Class

Launched over a decade ago as an answer to European rivals in luxury small roadster segment, the Mercedes Benz SLK-Class was the first contemporary vehicle to popularize the use of power retractable cabriolet top made of steel panels instead of more conventional fabric soft top. Though more bulky and complex, the convertible hardtop design offers superior wind and weather protection and coupelike profile in top-up position.

The 2009 Mercedes Benz SLK-Class is intended as more serious sports car with dramatic design inspired by SLS AMG, and more capable suspension. As a convertible that offers excellent all season performance along with prestige and luxury we think a new or used Mercedes Benz SLK is a solid choice.

2009 Audi TT
2009 Audi TT
2009 Audi TT

With its respectable driving dynamics and unique design, the 2009 Audi TT provides a distinctive combination of performance, style and sophistication. It also offers upscale interior, superb sequential shift manual transmission and available four-wheel drive system. The Audi TT is offered as two-seater convertible. The base Premium TT 2.0 T comes with automatic retractable spoiler, 17 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, heated windshield washer nozzles and side mirrors, leather seats, multifunction tilt and telescoping steering wheel, nine speaker audio system with satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack and single-disc CD player and full power accessories. The Premium Plus gets daytime running lamps, automatic xenon headlights, Bluetooth phone connectivity, power front seats, rain sensing wipers, trunk pass through slot with ski bag and interior auto dimming rearview mirror with compass. The Prestige trim adds rear park assist, Bose premium sound system with six-CD changer and navigation system.

Packages include S line sport package, which bumps wheel size to 19 inches and gains headlight washers, special front and rear bumpers, sport steering wheel and Napa leather sport seats. Standalone options include xenon headlights, 18-inch wheels with high performance tires, adjustable suspension dampers, Bluetooth connectivity, upgraded leather upholstery and satellite radio.

2009 BMW 1 Series
2009 BMW 1 Series
2009 BMW 1 Series

The 2009 BMW 1 Series puts together as much performance, user-friendliness, handling and refinement in one package. It offers efficient and potent engines, precise handling, sportscar performance with coupe practicality, high quality cabins and sun reflective leather of convertible. Standard equipments include automatic headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, tilt and telescoping leather wrapped steering wheel, 10-speaker stereo with CD player and auxiliary audio jack and leatherette premium vinyl upholstery. All convertibles feature power operated soft top and upgraded climate control system. The 135i trim level gets sport tuned suspension, more powerful engine, standard equipment of 128i, 18-inch wheels, automatic climate control and xenon headlights.

2009 Pontiac Solstice
2009 Pontiac Solstice
2009 Pontiac Solstice

The 2009 Pontiac Solstice fuses respectable performance and head turning styling with attractive price. It offers gorgeous styling, good value for money, plentiful grip and blazing acceleration.

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