10. 2018 BUICK CASCADA
It is finally beginning to look like the springtime is here to stay, and; that means that folks who drive convertible cars are gearing up to drop their tops (car tops)!!!
Did you just say that for the past few years that YOU have been wondering about how YOU would look driving a new convertible with the top down, and; have even gone so far as to begin your research on price points for convertibles???
Lucky for you, the really great folks at CHEAT SHEET have done the heavy lifting f\or you, and; here are the 2018 TOP 10 MOST AFFORDABLE NEW CONVERTIBLE CARS:
10. 2018 BUICK CASCADA
Buick aims to surprise with the Cascada. The brand best known for making your grandma’s car branched out recently and introduced a striking convertible. It has a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder under the hood and still retains Buick’s reputation as a luxurious car thanks to an upscale interior and plenty of amenities. This is a classy convertible you shouldn’t overlook.
9. 2018 CHEVROLET CAMARO
Chevrolet’s muscle car comes in many forms and can be had with a slick looking drop top. It also comes with your choice of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 3.6-liter V6 engine, or a 6.2-liter V8 engine. As you may have guessed, the V8 is the most exciting, but even the bottom of the line four-cylinder moves this car along nicely.
8. 2018 FORD MUSTANG GT
Ford’s pony car, the Mustang, comes in convertible form, allowing you to get all the sports car fun you need while still soaking up some rays. The base engine in the Mustang is the V6. Once 2018 rolls around, Ford will put the already available turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the base car, getting rid of the V6 altogether. Both of those engines are great, but everyone knows the real fun comes from the V8 engine. Mix tons of power with a power folding drop top and attractive good looks, and you have a highly sought after American sports car for a reasonable price.
7. 2018 MINI COOPER
The MINI Cooper is one of the most iconic cars on the planet. The retro styling and good driving dynamics have made it well loved. So what’s better than a typical MINI? A convertible, of course. And for a bit under $26K, you can get all the sun you want.
6. 2018 FIAT 124 SPIDER
To make the Fiat 124 Spider, the Italian automaker did something interesting. It turned to Mazda and asked for the bones of the MX-5 Miata. Fiat added new sheet metal to the outside, dropped a turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood, and made some other small changes. Because the Fiat 124 Spider uses a lot of parts from the Miata, it still has the donor car’s lovable character, Fiat just added some Italian flare.
5. 2018 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA
The Mazda MX-5 Miata brought roadsters back to the American market in a big way in the early 1990s. The car has always been about enjoying the drive and that’s still true today. Part of its experience is top-down motoring. The car features a moderately powered 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a manually folding soft top that goes down in seconds.
4. 2018 JEEP WRANGLER
Love that wind in your hair feeling but also want to crawl over rocks or power down a muddy country road? You really only have one affordable option — the Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler is an American icon that’s been updated for the modern buyer, and it now hosts a tried and true 3.6-liter V6 engine under the hood.
3. 2018 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
The Volkswagen Beetle is one of VW’s best-selling models in history. It has unique, retro styling, is a pleasure to drive, and can be had in convertible form. The S trim level is the cheapest and comes with a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. While the latest version of the Beetle doesn’t have as much flower power as the classic car, you can still start your own summer of love with one.
2. 2018 SMART FORTWO CABRIO ELECTRIC
Yes, Smart makes a convertible. It takes 13 seconds for the soft convertible top to fully open. The rear pillars of the car stay in place, but the soft top slides all the way to the back of the car, opening up the little cockpit to the sky. This allows you to soak up the rays while you dodge potholes and whip into tiny parking spaces. Powered by a small turbocharged three-cylinder engine, the car isn’t exactly fast, but it’s not supposed to be
1. 2018 FIAT 500 CC
The Fiat 500c’s top simply slides back to the rear of the car, leaving the door frames and A and B pillars in place. You can retract it about halfway, similar to a sunroof, or you can put it all the way back to the rear of the car. With the roof open and the windows down, you get plenty of wind in your hair. It also makes the 500’s cute factor skyrocket. The car seats up to four people so you definitely won’t be lonely on warm summer days.