Edmunds picks best convertibles for 2019
|CTVnews 24 Apr 2019 at 04:54|
This undated photo provided by Porsche shows the 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster, one of the best sports cars on sale today. The mid-engine design gives it balanced handling around corners, while turbocharged four-cylinder engines provide plenty of thrust. (Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America via AP)
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:44AM EDT
Summer is just around the corner, and that means it will soon be warm enough to visit a few dealerships and test-drive the new convertibles you ve been eyeing all winter. But which one to buy? Should you get a lithe, two-seat roadster or a roomy luxury convertible? To help you out, Edmunds highlights five of the best drop-tops on sale today.
2019 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA
Two seats, a six-speed transmission and a modestly powered engine might not sound like obvious ingredients to catch some rays, but on the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, they coalesce into something special. The Miata s balanced and lightweight chassis serves as a foundation upon which drivers of all skill levels will have fun without getting into too much trouble.
The Miata is a great choice if you want a back-to-basics driving experience. It lacks luxury accommodations, but this car is about the fundamentals. It s also the most affordable convertible on our list. A manually operated fabric soft top is standard, and it s easy to raise and lower with one hand. Mazda also offers a quieter, power-folding hardtop on the MX-5 RF version.
2019 FORD MUSTANG
If you re looking for a more practical soft top, the 2019 Ford Mustang convertible would be our pick. Unlike the Miata, the Mustang offers plenty of legroom and headroom for tall drivers. It also has a back seat. It s tiny, but if nothing else you can use it as an extra storage spot.
In its standard configuration, the Mustang convertible is a laid-back cruiser that effortlessly soaks up highway miles. Opt for the Performance package, and the Mustang transforms into a hard-edged canyon carver. Two engines are available: a surprisingly strong turbocharged four-cylinder or a brawny V8. No matter which you choose, you ll find the Mustang convertible is a willing partner.
2019 BMW 2 SERIES
The BMW 2 Series combines the enthusiast spirit of the Miata and the Mustang with a higher level of luxury. Even though it s BMW s least expensive convertible, you might not know it given that its features and engine choices are shared with some of the brand s more expensive models.
The same amount of power in a smaller, lighter package gives the 2 Series its dynamic personality. It performs just as well on the highway as it does for exploring a country back road. Rear seat space is expectedly small, but it s a worthwhile trade-off. Even a lightly optioned 2 Series is worth a look.
2019 MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS
The C-Class Cabriolet offers a more luxurious take on the convertible experience. Design and refinement take centre stage, as exemplified by the cabin s ample use of deluxe materials and comfortable front seats. Technology also plays an important role, from the attractive and easy-to-use infotainment system to the useful advanced driver safety aids.
Like the 2 Series, the C-Class has a small back seat, but it does technically provide the most rear legroom of all the cars here. Mercedes also gives you a choice of models that runs the gamut from relaxed cruiser to track star. The standard C300 s turbocharged four-cylinder offers plenty of power for most drivers while the most potent model, the AMG C 63 S, has a turbocharged V8 pumping out more than 500 horsepower.
2019 PORSCHE 718 BOXSTER
A slight name change and switch from six-cylinder to turbocharged four-cylinder engines in 2017 did nothing to dull the Porsche Boxster s performance. It earns a spot on our list primarily because of its athletic handling. Nimble and lively, the two-seat Boxster will put a grin on your face as soon as the road bends.
The Boxster also features a luxurious, high-tech cabin that can be outfitted with nearly any feature you can dream of. To that end, the Boxster s price tag can skyrocket if you re too liberal with the options list. However, that also means you can tailor it to your exact needs. Whether you want a fun-in-the-sun cruiser or a buttoned-down racer, there s a 718 Boxster configuration that will suit your whims.
EDMUNDS SAYS: If you re in the market for a new convertible, there s a number of excellent sports cars and luxury cruisers that will fit your needs. Take the time to test-drive a few to determine which one feels best.
This undated photo provided by Mercedes-Benz shows the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, one of our favorite entry-level luxury convertibles. This sporty ride is complemented by rich, upscale cabin materials, and scores of available luxury features. (Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA via AP)
This photo provided by BMW shows the 2019 BMW 2 Series, the smallest and least expensive of BMW s convertibles. It s also one of the best thanks to a luxurious interior, excellent handling characteristics, and a choice between two thrilling turbocharged engines. (Courtesy of BMW of North America via AP)