Generally, convertibles convey sexiness: Bronzed skin, wind whipping through hair, athletic looks. People don't buy convertibles because they're practical. They buy them because they're fun and project these attractive qualities.
If you're looking for a new drop-top for this reason, we've compiled a list of the five sexiest convertibles that you can buy today. These are especially attractive, fast, fun and come with a certain cache that makes just sitting them an enjoyable experience.
Of course, like any other segment of the industry, convertibles can't all be winners. So we've also included a list of the five least sexy rag-tops we think you should avoid.
Click through to see what we decided.
No. 5 Sexiest - Fiat 500C Abarth
Sticker Price: $26,195
Invoice Price: $25,196
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg City, 34 mpg Highway
The Fiat 500C Abarth may be diminutive, but it's a lot more car than you'd think. Its turbocharged engine packs a punch, the exhaust note is beastly and its handling dynamics are remarkably sporty. The Abarth also employs striking exterior design, giving it a big presence on the road.
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No. 4 Sexiest - Audi RS 5
Sticker Price: $77,900
Invoice Price: $72,448
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 22 mpg Highway
The Audi A5 convertible was already one of the best-looking drop-tops on the road. The German automaker, however, outdid itself with the RS 5, which comes with a massively powerful 450-hp 4.2L V8 engine, an even more aggressive and athletic exterior design and a super premium interior. Driving with the top down is the way to do it with this car, as it allows you to hear its glorious exhaust note completely unfiltered.
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No. 3 Sexiest - Bentley Continental GTC
Sticker Price: $195,200 - $238,700
Invoice Price: $181,536 - $221,991
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
Big, burly and expensive. A favorite of investment bankers and rap starts alike, the Bentley Continental GTC is simply larger than life. Its luxurious interior, sleek exterior and big engine combine to make this one of the most head-turning vehicles on the road today. Remember when Bentley was a brand defined by the big dowdy Arnage sedan? This sweet ride is a big reason for Bentley's return to relevance and credible prestige.
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No. 2 Sexiest - Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Sticker Price: $58,000 - $62,000
Invoice Price: $52,780 - $56,420
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 29 mpg Highway
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is classic American muscle in its sexiest form. The Corvette is made even more tantalizing by its relatively low price (considering what you get) and its surprisingly good fuel economy. Seriously, head-turning design and performance starting at less than $60K makes this a great buy as well as a great ride.
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No. 1 Sexiest - Audi R8 Spyder
Sticker Price: $128,400 - $164,700
Invoice Price: $119,412 - $153,171
Fuel Economy: 11 mpg City, 20 mpg Highway
Available as a V8 or V10, the Audi R8 Spyder is our pick for the sexiest convertible on the road right now. I mean, just look at it. From the LED headlights, sleek curves, sharp edges and aggressive stance, this is a sexy beast of a drop-top. Adding to its sex appeal is the fact that it's one of the best cars to drive day-to-day, too.
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No. 5 Least Sexy - Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Sticker Price: $60,200 - $67,300
Invoice Price: $55,986 - $62,589
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 28 mpg Highway
It's not that the E-Class Cabriolet is ugly, it's just not sexy. It feels very conservative, and, frankly, old. Though the new design is a marked improvement from the old one, the E-Class still doesn't stir up any kind of desire deep within us. Mercedes has other much better looking drop-tops. This strikes us being one too many in the stable.
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No. 4 Least Sexy - Volvo C70
Sticker Price: $41,200 - $45,000
Invoice Price: $38,728 - $42,300
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 28 mpg Highway
Like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Volvo C70 isn't ugly. It just has almost zero sex appeal. Volvo has hard a tough time shaking its reputation as the car company for the suburban soccer mom. The fairly bland design of the C70 convertible does little to help despite the sexy Mediterranean back-drop in this company-supplied beauty shot.
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No. 4 Least Sexy - Mini Roadster
Sticker Price: $25,550 - $35,700
Invoice Price: $23,505 - $32,845
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway
The proportions on the Mini Roadster look...off. Taken as a whole, it's a weirdly brutish vehicle for being so small in stature. The car's enormous grille and wide headlights make it look like it is in a constant state of shock. That's not really something you want your car to do while you're trying to keep it cool while rolling with the top down.
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No. 3 Least Sexy - Volkswagen Beetle
Sticker Price: $25,170 - $29,395
Invoice Price: $24,163 - $28,219
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 27 mpg Highway
The Volkswagen Beetle is quirky and iconic, sure. But you'll be hard pressed to find someone, other than a convention of librarians, who would describe it as "sexy." We like the Beetle's driving dynamics and new design, but this isn't really a car to lust after.
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No. 2 Least Sexy - Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
Sticker Price: $41,995
Invoice Price: $39,108
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 22 mpg Highway
We give Nissan points for trying here. The Murano CrossCabriolet is ambitious, but it doesn't work. It looks ridiculous, is far too expensive and just doesn't make any sense. We've only ever seen a couple on the road (and we think those were owned or at least driven by Nissan employees), all of which elicited more jeers than anything.
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No. 1 Least Sexy - smart fortwo
Sticker Price: $17,930
Invoice Price: $16,675
Fuel Economy: 34 mpg City, 38 mpg Highway
Looking more like a drop-top golf cart than anything else, the smart fortwo is the least sexy convertible on the road right now. Sure, it's good to drive in the city, able to weave in and out of traffic and find parking pretty much anywhere. But, at the end of the day, no one is buying this for its sex appeal. The convertible just adds to the price of a car badly in need of a new design and engine.
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