Warmer weather is right around the corner and theres no better way to take in your surroundings than with a long drive. What can make that drive even better? A convertible, of course. Here are a few of the best.
Buick Cascada: The 2017 Cascada is an all-new model in the Buick family and offers great value with a starting MSRP of $33,065. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that makes 200 hp and peace of mind is provided by the 5-Star Overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Other highlights include the Buick IntelliLink system with seven-inch touchscreen, heated leather front seats and steering wheels, and OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot. Best of all? The soft top can open in as little as 17 seconds.
Kelley Blue Book notes: There arent too many [four]-seat convertibles on the market and even fewer that offer a usable rear seat. If youre seeking such a car, the 2017 Buick Cascada convertible has a lower starting price than its German rivals and even the base car is exceptionally well-equipped.
FIAT 124 Spider: Making its way back onto American roadways nearly 50 years after its initial introduction, the 124 Spider is quickly making up for lost time, having been named Best New Convertible by Cars.com and earning the Sporty Performance Car Best Buy award from Consumer Guide. A $24,995 MSRP makes it attainable as well. A turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine makes as much as 164 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Since its a FIAT, you know there are plenty of customization options. Safety features include available blind-spot monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection, and the FIAT Connect 7.0 system is included as part of the Technology Package, which includes proximity keyless entry and a ParkView backup camera.
Jalopnik adds: Youve really got the best of a bunch of different worlds here. Engineered by Italians, partially built for the American market and assembled by the Japanese, its hard to find something not to like.
Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible: Although a bit pricier than the previous models, the 2017 F-TYPE convertible (MSRP $65,400) has plenty to love. There are seven models to choose from, including an all-wheel drive model that turns this machine into a four-season cruiser. There are four available engines, highlighted by a 575 hp, supercharged V-8 that can shoot from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 200 mph. Lightweight construction, a sophisticated suspension and an available carbon-ceramic matrix braking system make every drive an exciting one, and the latest in-car technologies keep you connected.
Autoblog says that Jaguar has well and truly hit a home run here, so if youre in the market for a premium sports car, youd do well to consider it.
Drivers who want something a bit different than the traditional convertible should consider the Jeep Wrangler and Range Rover Evoque convertible. Both models can handle even the worst winter has to offer but can also be enjoyed on beautiful spring and summer days.