If you hanker to break free of the daily commuter grind and cruise out on the open highway, what better way than with one of these Best Roadsters for the Wide-Open Spaces?

  • Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring with Sport PackageWith its sleek nose and muscular wheel-well flares, the 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring with Sport Package just seems to snarl attitude and performance. And it surely does deliver that and more. Consider this: 332 horsepower in a 3.7-liter V6 engine, SynchroRev Match 6-speed manual transmission, viscous limited-slip rear differential, 19-inch RAYS super-lightweight forged aluminum-alloy wheels, and 245/40WR19 and 275/35WR19 Bridgestone Potenza high-performance tires. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price for this powerful roadster is $43,670. And, it’s a bargain at that. Base 370Z Roadster begins at $37,320, while 370Z Touring starts at $40,870. How about 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds (without traction control on, 6.6 seconds with it on)? Edmunds Inside Line says: “But paradise is a little bit nicer in our 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring. Thanks to some foresight on Nissan’s part, it ranks among the best coupe-to-soft-top conversions we’ve ever driven.”
  • Porsche BoxsterCar and Driver named the 2010 Porsche Boxster as one of its 10Best Cars, calling it “perfect” and adding: “It’s certainly hard to think otherwise when the Boxster offers a driving experience so sublime and so tactile that it’s really only rivaled by the Cayman’s [also a 10Best]. Every spin of the steering wheel, every push of the pedal, every fat blat from the flat-six engines, they’re all calibrated to deliver one thing: unparalleled automotive pleasure.” Three models to choose from: Boxster (starting MSRP $47,600), Boxster S (base MSRP $58,000), and Boxster Spyder (from $61,200 MSRP). Powerful V6 engines deliver 255, 310, and 320 horsepower, respectively, and 0 to 60 mph times of 5.6, 5.0, and 4.9 seconds. Oh, and top track speeds are 165, 170, and 166 mph, again, respectively. For a two-seater, there’s not much trunk space, but at least enough in two cargo holds for a couple to carry overnight stuff.
  • Chevrolet Corvette ConvertibleChevy calls the 2010 Corvette Convertible “One of the most powerful convertibles on the landscape,” and, with a base MSRP beginning at $53,580, it’s a really good deal as well. Just listen to the throaty growl of the 430-hp 6.2-liter V8 engine and you’ll want to take it out on the open road. Track tested at 190 mph top speed, Corvette convertible delivers an EPA-estimated 26 mpg on the highway – and there’s no gas guzzler tax to buy it. There’s also the new-for-2010 Grand Sport model, available in convertible version at a base MSRP of $58,580 that does 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. There’s also good cargo capacity (for a two-seat convertible) of 22.4 cubic feet. Consumer Guide comments: “The Best Buy is fast fun. These are reasonably practical sports cars that cost thousands less than rivals with similar performance, making them great choices.”

Other considerations for Best Roadsters for the Wide Open Spaces include Audi TT Roadster, BMW Z4, and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible.

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