In the overall scheme of things, convertibles make up a pretty small percentage of the overall marketplace. So even when you’re discussing the best selling convertibles, you’re talking about a pretty small slice of the business. On the other hand, the romance associated with open-air motoring gives convertibles an outsized presence in popular culture. This is completely warranted, as convertibles absolutely inject an additional measure of fun into driving. After all, along with convertibles go visions of temperate weather, open roads, and carefree days. The following models rank among the best selling convertibles in America today.
Audi A3 Cabriolet
The Audi A3 drove off the factory floor one of the most popular small luxury cars, so it comes as no surprise to find the A3 Cabriolet on a list of the best selling convertibles. Standard equipment includes automatic xenon headlights, leather upholstery, automatic wipers and Bluetooth. Power comes from a choice of two turbocharged four-cylinder engines; the 1.8-liter produces 170 horsepower and 200 ft-lbs of torque, while the 2.0-liter makes 220 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs. A six-speed automated manual transmission routes power to the front wheels from the 1.8, and all four wheels from the 2.0. Pricing starts at $35,600.
Since the first BMW 3-Series Convertible bowed back in 1987, the droptop version of BMWs most popular Coupe has been one of the best selling convertibles. This honor now goes to the BMW 4-Series Convertible. Ably combining the best attributes of a sports car with the comfort and convenience of a luxury coupe, with the remarkably versatile 4-Series BMW Convertible you get the best of both worlds. Thanks to the folding hardtop, you have a quiet and secure coupe when you need it and an open-air convertible when you want it. Further, the BMW 4-Series offers a nice range of turbocharged inline four- and six-cylinder engines. Output ranges from 241 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque to 425 horsepower and 406 ft-lbs of torque (for the M4). BMW also offers the 4-Series Convertible with a choice of rear, or all-wheel drive. Pricing starts at $48,750.
Is anybody surprised to learn that the open version of the Camaro is one of America’s most popular convertibles? Fast, good looking, and nicely equipped, the Camaro is also a good value. Engines range in power from 323 horsepower to 580. For the base model, a six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic can be had as an option. All versions of the Camaro use rear-wheel drive. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, and GM’s OnStar telematics system. Pricing starts at $32,200.
A list of the most popular convertibles without a droptop ‘Vette is basically an incomplete list. The very first Corvette was a convertible and every generation since has included an open version of the car. The current generation C7 is the best Corvette yet. Its 6.2-liter LT1 engine makes 455 horsepower and 460 ft-lbs of torque. The optional performance exhaust system raises output to 460 horsepower and 465 ft-lbs of torque. Additionally, for the first time ever, the Corvette Z06 is being offered with a convertible top. This version of Chevrolet’s ultra sports car makes 650 horsepower and 650 ft-lbs of torque from a supercharged 6.0-liter V8. Pricing starts at $59,995.
Though it’s only been on the market a short time, the Fiat 500c has found a ready audience of enthusiastic fans. The quirky little Fiat’s personality is perfectly suited to sunny days. Standard features include heated mirrors, air conditioning, and full power accessories, plus Bluetooth handsfree telephony and audio streaming along with cruise control. Power comes from a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 101 horsepower and 97 ft-lbs of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, a six-speed automatic is optional. For more performance, consider the 500 Abarth with a 160-horsepower turbocharged version of the 1.4 and a five-speed manual transmission. With the automatic, the Abarth makes 157 horsepower and 183 ft-lbs of torque. Pricing starts at $20,345.
Some will argue rentals are the reason Mustang is the best selling convertible in America. Be that as it may, the Mustang Convertible is a pretty sweet ride nonetheless. Its available engines range in output from 300 horsepower to 435; including a new turbocharged 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder with 310-horsepower. There’s also an all-new independent rear suspension system fitted for the first time ever to a mainstream production Mustang. Standard features include xenon headlights, LED taillights, a limited slip rear differential, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, and air conditioning. Pricing starts at $29,300.
Infiniti Q60 Convertible
Offering a nice blend of performance and luxury, along with the allure of a folding hardtop, the Infiniti Q60 Convertible has a recurring role on every list of the most popular convertibles. From its distinctive exhaust note to the plush accommodations of its interior, the Infiniti takes the whole luxury coupe thing quite seriously. Power comes from a 3.7-liter V6 with 330 horsepower and 270 ft-lbs of torque. For more power and better handling, consider the Q60 IPL. Its modifications raise output to 343 horsepower and 273 ft-lbs of torque. Either way, standard features include heated power-folding mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather, and heated front seats. Formerly known as the Infiniti G37 Convertible, Q60 Convertible pricing starts at $48,550.
Jaguar F-Type Roadster
Jaguar’s F-Type Roadster delivers huge on the elegance, grace, and pace we’ve come to expect from the storied marque. Wonderfully balanced, the F-Type Jaguar Roadster also delivers outstanding handling. Available with rear- or all-wheel drive, F-Type engines range in power from 340 horsepower to 550. Standard features include automatic headlights and wipers, LED running lights, heated mirrors, an automatic tail spoiler, automatic climate control, an eight-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a 10-speaker audio system. Pricing starts at $68,100.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Given its status as the world’s most beloved sports car, of course the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the best selling convertibles. Power comes from a 167-horsepower 2.0-liter inline four with 140 ft-lbs of torque. The rear-wheel drive powertrain uses a five-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. A six-speed automatic is an option—but horsepower output drops to 158. Standard features include a cloth folding top with a glass roof (a folding hardtop is offered as an option), foglights, air conditioning, full power accessories, and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player. Pricing starts at $23,970.
After years of straying from from its original path, when the current iteration of the Nissan Z resurfaced in 2009, it represented a serious attempt to get back to the model’s original Concept. Happily, Nissan is standing pretty firm in its resolution to keep the Z an agile sports car. Plus, it’s added a welcome change the first generation model never offered—a convertible top. Power comes from a 332-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 good for 270 ft-lbs of torque. The standard six-speed manual transmission routes power to the rear wheels; a seven-speed automatic is offered as an option. Pricing starts at $41,820.
Roundly praised for its flexible engine, amazing handling, richly appointed interior, and handsome styling, the mid-engine rear drive Porsche Boxster is considered by many critics the best sports car ever offered. Power for this best selling convertible comes from a 2.7-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine capable of generating 265 horsepower and 207 ft-lbs of torque. Boxster S increases displacement to 3.4-liters, which raises output to 315 horsepower and 266 ft-lbs. Boxster GTS delivers 330 horsepower and 273 ft-lbs of torque from a slightly modified version of the 3.4. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, while a seven-speed automated manual is offered as an option. Pricing starts at $52,100.
MINI Cooper Convertible
Even with an all-new version just over the horizon, the current MINI Cooper Convertible acquits itself pretty well on sales charts. The very personification of fun, power comes from a choice of three engines; starting with a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter four. There is also a turbocharged version of the 1.6 making 181 horsepower, and a higher performing version of the 1.6 good for 208 horsepower. The front drive powertrain offers a choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include automatic headlights, full power accessories, automatic climate control, and Bluetooth handsfree telephony and audio streaming. Pricing starts at $25,700.
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Beetle Convertibles have been popular since the first one was shown in 1948. Thus, it comes as little surprise that the contemporary version of the droptop Bug is on a list of the best selling convertibles. Standard features include automatic climate control and full power accessories, plus Bluetooth handsfree telephony and audio streaming. Power comes from a choice of three turbocharged engines—a 170-horsepower 1.8-liter four, a 210-horsepower 2.0-liter four, or a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel with 236 ft-lbs of torque. The 1.8 gets a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The others get a six-speed manual or a six-speed automated manual. Pricing starts at $25,595.