The Sexiest And Least Sexy Convertibles
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.
Sticker Price: $26,000
Invoice Price: $24,990
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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Sticker Price: $68,750
Invoice Price: $63,250
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg City, 20 mpg Highway
One of our favorite cars on the road, the BMW M3 combines power and great handling dynamics to become an incredibly engaging vehicle. Its exterior design is muscular and sporty, hinting at the performance engineering that lies beneath.
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Sticker Price: $193,300 - $216,400
Invoice Price: $179,769 - $201,252
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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Sticker Price: $56,995
Invoice Price: NA
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 29 mpg Highway
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray wowed everyone when it debuted at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. This 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.
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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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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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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Sticker Price: $24,995 -$27,895
Invoice Price: $23,995 - $26,779
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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Sticker Price: $44,540
Invoice Price: $41,009
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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Sticker Price: $17,890
Invoice Price: $16,638
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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