Cruising open road in a drop-top is incrementally better in a luxury convertible – or, so it seems. What’s not to love? Luxury amenities, throaty performance and world-class handling coupled with incredible style and grace. Whether you’re in the market for a second car that’s purely for pleasure, or you aim to use your drop-top as your daily driver, there are still choices to make. Which luxury convertible is best for you?
While only you can make the right decision, here are three choices for Best Luxury Convertible. They’re based on solid reviews from automotive experts and, of course, they all look fabulous. Surely, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
- Porsche Boxster S – With its 310-hp 3.4-liter direct injected V-6 engine and automated-clutch 7-speed manual transmission, the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) S “remains one of the purest and most satisfying sports cars on the planet,” says Edmunds. Nevertheless, Edmunds editors say the “ragtop lacks the versatility of a retractable hardtop.” Road & Travel comments that “It’s impossible for any sun lover to drive the Porsche Boxster without a smile extended ear to ear.” And Automobile adds, “Throw in its impressive cargo space, better than average reliability and extremely strong resale value and a Boxster S is a pretty sound purchase.”
- Audi TTS – Available as coupe and roadster, this drop-top front- or all-wheel-drive Audi is “the fastest and sportiest TT there’s ever been… brilliant looks, handsome cabin, superb craftsmanship,” says Motor Trend. Power comes from a 265-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 2-speed semi-automatic S-tronic transmission. Redesigned in 2008, Edmunds says “TTS has the low-slung look and feel of a sports car but the personality of a luxury sport coupe.” Kelley Blue Book has this to say: “If you’re looking for a two-seat roadster or a 2+2 coupe, you’re probably looking for some combination of style, comfort and fun. In the TT, you’ll find equally lofty levels of the three.”
- Cadillac XLR – Sharing the same structure as the , the , says Car and Driver, “is a limited-production folding-hardtop roadster that distinguishes itself with its crisp styling and exclusivity. The XLR can’t quite match the refinement of the Mercedes-Benz SL, but it costs a lot less.” Kelley Blue Book says, “With a potent V8 engine, a Corvette-derived chassis and a retractable hardtop as slick as it is practical, the XLR is certainly a contender.” Discontinued by General Motors at the end of 2009 due to restructuring, XLR may indeed be a bargain. U.S. News and World Report calls XLR “a fast and powerful sports roadster.”
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