There really is no better way to enjoy the summer than in a convertible with the wind whipping through your hair. And thanks to affordable drop-tops like the MINI Cooper Convertible, Mazda Miata and Fiat 500c, no one has to break the bank to get that wonderful sensation.
Click through to see the best convertibles with a base MSRP under $25,000 dollars and prepare yourself to enjoy Summer 2013 convertible-style. We've got all the info you need right here, so grab some ice-cold lemonade and think of all of the great times you and your new ragtop are going to have together. Weather permitting, of course.
5. smart fortwoMSRP: $17,890
Fuel Economy: 34 mpg City, 38 mpg Highway
While its extremely small stature does make for easy city driving and solid fuel economy, we don't exactly recommend you buy the smart fortwo. Plagued by transmission problems, a loud, noisy ride and an uncomfortable interior, the fortwo makes the list simply because its MSRP falls well below our $25,000 cutoff.
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4. Fiat 500cMSRP: $19,500 - $22,500
Invoice: $18,945 - $21,735
Fuel Economy: 30 mpg City, 38 mpg Highway
While more expensive than the smart fortwo, the Fiat 500c is a much, much better option if you're looking for a subcompact convertible. The 500c has a much more refined interior, superior driving dynamics and comes with a plethora of options that allow for a higher level of customization. Plus, the Roman-shade style cloth retracting top is very cool.
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3. Jeep Wrangler
MSRP: $22,395 - $30,695
Invoice: $21,808 - $28,913
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 21 mpg Highway
The iconic Jeep Wrangler is known more for being an off-road powerhouse, but there's no question that dropping its top on sunny day makes for great open-air driving. You have to love its classic boxy design, too.
What hurts the Wrangler is its fuel economy. Rated at just 17 mpg City, 21 mpg Highway, the Wrangler can be fairly cheap to buy, but gets expensive in the long run.
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2. MINI Cooper Convertible
MSRP: $25,150 - $35,300
Invoice: $23,140 - $32,475
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway
We know, we know. Technically the MINI Cooper Convertible starts at over $25,000. But we're willing to overlook the fact that it missed the mark by $150 because this is such a great convertible. With seating for four people, awesome driving dynamics and very good fuel economy, this Cooper is one of the best small cars on the road today.
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1. Mazda MX-5 Miata
MSRP: $23,720 - $29,250
Invoice: $22,424 - $27,648
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 28 mpg Highway
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the best sports cars on the market and is beloved by auto journalists, enthusiasts and Average Joes alike. Boasting utterly phenomenal driving dynamics, a quick 2.0L I4 engine and lots of standard equipment, the Miata is without a doubt the best convertible you can buy for under $25,000.
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