The convertible car is arguably the most fun vehicle to drive on those warm sunny days. Once you’ve experienced one day of driving with the thrill of the sun beating down and the wind cooling you off, you can’t wait for the next one. Of course, you have to have the right vehicle for the job. If you’re in the market for that perfect vehicle, here are a few to choose from. These are the best soft-top convertibles for 2012, researched at Consumer Reports, Edmunds, Motor Trend, Car and Driver, and J.D. Power & Associates.
Since the Mustang was revealed with its retro styling, it has been the quintessential name is sports car enthusiasm. The power, comfort, and style are all unmatched, and the convertible versions only enhance every one of those features. It is ranked Number One on the U.S. News list of Affordable Sports Cars, and it has steadily been the best choice among American muscle cars. The new 2012 models now come with three-setting selectable steering modes; all part of Ford’s new electric steering standards.
Perhaps one of the best convertibles ever, the Porsche 911 Carrera continues to impress. Boasting a cabin full of impressive materials and plush luxuriance, it now also offers a Burmester® high-end surround sound system that utilizes 12 speakers to pump out 821 watts, and it is specially designed for the 911. The new 3.4L flat-6 engine has been downsized from the previous 3.6L model, but it has actually improved performance and lowered fuel consumption.
It seems the 2012 Camaro is finally living up to the hype and praise that generations of Camaro lovers have heaped upon it. “After forty years of compromises and letdowns, it’s nice to see a pony car that behaves the way that…one should.” Visibility has been an issue with the recent models, but that won’t matter much when you’re cruising with the top down. When considering the value for the money, you won’t find too many other muscle car convertibles that can provide the driving experience the Camaro finally offers.
4. 2012New Model MSRP: $49,800
“The new Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet is one of the sweetest convertibles around. It’s so elegant and easy to live with that it’s well worth a premium.” Although you’re sacrificing some additional space compared to the E-Class sedan, the convertible still provides the best Mercedes has to offer. The Cabriolet provides a very athletic road stance and the power to provide a nice feel through corners, as well as on the long straightaways. Safety scores from the IIHS earn it a perfect 10 out of 10. That tri-star insignia on the hood will empty a few extra pennies from your wallet though.
5. 2012New Model MSRP: $42,600
“Not only is the A5 capable of turning heads, it’s also able to set your mind at ease. It provides a comfortable ride, a high-class interior, confident handling and admirable fuel economy.” Car and Driver praises its styling, Motor Trend praises its cargo capacity, and Kelley compliments its superior performance. It is only the ragged suspension that keeps the A5 so low on the list. It possesses the Audi-standard luxurious cabin, full of top-notch materials and superior build quality, but the steering feels artificial at times and the engine lacks low-end power.