By M. W. Byrne

Drop the Top with The 13 Best Convertibles

The old rag tops, roadsters, and even the T-Tops driven by guys in mesh shirts are rare on the road, and we can only assume it’s because people don’t know what to buy. We fixed this with the 13 best convertibles to be found.

Fiat 124 Spider

The Spider uses a tiny 1.4-liter engine that’s turbocharged for an interesting, jumpy ride that really wants to swerve, and certainly likes hopping up when you downshift for power.  MSRP: $24,995

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Ford Mustang

As is always the case with Mustangs, there’s the really nice 8 cylinder power plant, or you can save a ton of money and get one of the lesser ponies with either a 6 cylinder or 4 banger.  MSRP: $25,585

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Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep is none of those things, but with its incredible off-road capability, highly modifiable body, and the ability to drive over a river, it’s the true adventurers convertible of note. MSRP: $28,695

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

Perhaps the most purely fun convertible on the list, the Miata uses a modest 155 horsepower, 2.0-liter engine that has a scant quad of cylinders to push it along MSRP: $31,900

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BMW 4-Series

It’s a Beamer through and through, so comfort and quickness are moot points.  MSRP: $43,300

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Porsche 718 Boxster

In the 718 you get a 2.0-liter displacement with 121 horses, vs. 3.0-liter and 182 horses on the 911. It’s a 4 cylinder 6 speed in stead of a 6 and 7, but it’s also lighter, giving it a little more pep on winding pathways.  MSRP: $55,300

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Mercedes-AMG C43 / C63

Mercedes has the luxury market fairly well cornered when it comes to convertibles, with all of the choices being excellent. MSRP: $57,200

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