Top Hot Convertibles You Can Actually Afford


Convertibles make driving fun. Wouldn't it be great to be able to put the top down and let the breeze blow away the worries of the day on the way home after work? Or, how about taking your new convertible for a weekend trip along a scenic highway with the top down? That trip will be affordable, too, since a 2018 convertible doesn't have to cost more than your house. There are at least six 2018 convertibles that cost only $30,000 or less.

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Does Mazda make a convertible that costs less than $30,000?

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the best 2018 convertibles for less than $30,000. It made Car and Driver's 10 Best and Editors' Choice lists and is one of U.S. News & World Report's #1 Sports Cars. Suggested MSRP for a 2018 MX-5 Miata Sport is $25,295. The Miata Club starts out at $29,155. It comes with a nine-speaker Bose audio system, heated seats, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring. This is a two-passenger convertible that comes with a 155-hp 2.0-L four-cylinder engine. It is a blast to drive with either the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission that you can get with paddle shifters. The MX-5 is also fuel efficient. It gets 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

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Is there a Mustang convertible for under $30,000?

The 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible has a starting price of $31,085. True, that is just a hair above the $30,000 mark but, if you can stretch the budget that little bit, you will be glad you did. Keep in mind that price is the 'suggested' MSRP. If a price of $30,000 or less is an absolute necessity, don't hesitate to haggle with the dealer. The Ford Mustang Convertible is one of U.S. News & World Report's #1 Sports Cars and is on Car and Driver's Editor's Choice list. The Mustang is a four-passenger sports car, although there isn't really enough room for adults to ride comfortably in the back. It gets 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The new Mustang is an athletic, agile sports car that is not shaken by rough roads.

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Is a Camaro convertible better than a Mustang convertible?

No, the Mustang has a better interior and a little more room in the trunk. The Chevrolet Camaro convertible has 7 cubic feet of trunk space while the Mustang has more than 11 cubic feet. Also, the Camaro 1LS convertible has a starting MSRP of $32,900. That is the cheapest model. It's an exceptional convertible, though. The 2018 Camaro is on Car and Driver's 10 Best and Editors' Choice lists. As sports cars go, it is decidedly one of the best on the market, but it is a little more expensive even at the gas pump. It gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which seems reasonable, but you have to fill it with premium gas. The Mustang convertible will cost around $300 less per year in gas.

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Is the Fiat 124 Spider a good convertible?

The Fiat 124 Spider is a great, lightweight, two-seater convertible for less than $30,000. Even the top trim, the 124 Spider Abarth, has a starting price of only $28,295. It comes with a 164-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission. This convertible is also very easy on the wallet at the pump with 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The base 124 Spider trim, the Classica, starts out at $24,995 and the next trim up, the Lusso, has a starting price of $27,595.

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Is the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle a budget-friendly convertible?

Yes, the Beetle is budget-friendly at the dealership and the pump. It is a fun-to-drive convertible with a starting price of $25,440 for the Beetle S. That's the lowest trim level. The Beetle S with the Style and Comfort package starts out at $26,395. That includes heated front seats with V-Tex leatherette upholstery, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, as opposed to a 5-inch touchscreen, keyless entry, and push-button start. It also includes App-connect which comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, satellite radio and HD Radio. The Beetle convertible is a four-passenger car with adequate room in the back seat for average-size adults. It gets 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

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Is there a Mini Cooper convertible?

The Mini Cooper S is a great little subcompact, hatchback convertible with a base price of $30,400. It comes with a twin-turbo 189-hp 2.0-L four-cylinder engine under the hood and a six-speed manual transmission, six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed sport automatic transmission with paddle shifters. It gets 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The S is also available in either a two-door, four-passenger or four-door, five-passenger body style. This Cooper also comes with some very nice comfort features like leather seats, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a Harman Kardon audio system and a navigation system.

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Is there an electric convertible car for under $30,000?

How about a Smart Fortwo Cabrio? The two trim levels are called Passion and Prime. The Smart Fortwo Passion has a base price of $28,100, and the Prime starts at $29,100. It has a 70- to 80-mile range and can be fully charged in three hours when plugged into a 240-volt outlet. A 120-volt outlet can be used to charge the Fortwo, but it will take 16.5 hours. This is a nice little convertible that is very easy to maneuver, peppy and easy to park in nearly any spot.

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