What's better than driving with the top down and the wind in your hair? Cruising in the open air while saving a ton of money at the pump.

The EPA has just released its figures for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, and the numbers don't lie. The Beetle Convertible TDI, with its 140 horsepower diesel four-cylinder, gets 28 miles per gallon city and 41 mpg highway when paired with the six-speed manual transmission, earning a combined rating of 32 mpg. That highway number makes the Beetle Convertible TDI the most fuel efficient convertible in America.

Want more horsepower and still want to save fuel? The turbocharged 2.0-liter gas engine puts out 200 horsepower while returning 21 mpg city and 30 highway.

By comparision, the Smart ForTwo Cabriolet gets 34/38, with a combined rating of 36 mpg. That's good enough to beat out the Beetle Convertible TDI's 32 combined MPG, but if you do more highway driving, no other droptop will rival the max fuel economy of the Beetle.

The Tesla Roadster, which would have been far and away the most fuel-efficient convertible on the market, is sold out and not in production in the U.S. for 2013.


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      Dayv
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog, it's called proofreading, you should give it a shot. I saw 21 city mpg and *knew* that had to be an error, and I don't do this for a living.
      dreadcthulhu01
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fueleconomy.gov list 28 mpg city for the diesel beetle convertible, not 21 mpg. Methinks you have a typo.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sigh. As usual, Autoblog doesn't fact check or just plain gets it wrong. The actual numbers are 28/41 and 32 combined for the TDI.
      THE 507
      • 2 Years Ago
      As others have pointed out, the 21 city MPG figure is wrong. C'mon Autoblog, wake up! Who have you got writing this stuff, 15 year olds from Uzbekistan?
      genowhitaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      And how many manual transmission Beetle vehicles do you think VW will sell? With the "chick car" image, probably not more than 100.
      gmhtv1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was an ugly death trap in 1965. Still is........ Good luck to any purchasers....
      • 2 Years Ago
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      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here we go again. Autoblog pimping for diesels.
        Proghog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        God forbid they talk about fuel effeicient cars other than gas electric hybrids.
        atc98092
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        And here we are, listening to you again...
      trzjax
      • 2 Years Ago
      21 and 41 - that's too much of a gap.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @trzjax
        It's also inaccurate, the actual figures are 28mpg city, 41mpg highway. Verified from fueleconomy.gov.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      tameeja
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's totally ugly.
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