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Best Convertible Cars | CarMax

If you crave fresh air and an open view of the road, add a convertible to your garage ASAP. These sporty pleasure vehicles aren't just for summer fun anymore. They also double as fabulous daily drivers from spring through fall, and in mild winter climates.

From sleek to classic and quirky, we've compiled a list of the 10 best convertible cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.

  1. Fiat 500
  2. Fiat 124 Spider
  3. BMW Z4
  4. BMW 328
  5. Audi A5
  6. Mini Cooper
  7. Volkswagen Beetle
  8. Mazda MX-5 Miata
  9. Chevrolet Camaro
  10. Ford Mustang


Fiat 500

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Its alluring Italian style and signature hatchback convertible top (with full windows protecting you from road wind on the sides), makes the Fiat 500 a go-to for adventuresome couples. This classic compact convertible is perfect for weekend city cruising or daily highway commuting. All 2018–2019 models come standard with a 1.4L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out 135 hp. In 2017, the Fiat 500 was offered in three trim levels: the Pop, Lounge, and Abarth. The base model Pop features:

  • Five-inch touchscreen
  • USB charging port
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Bluetooth® connectivity


Fiat 124 Spider

Best Convertible Cars: Fiat 124 Spider | CarMax

The curvy, low-profile Fiat 124 Spider is a roadster that was launched in 2017 featuring cozy seating for two, razor-sharp steering, and a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine for zippy acceleration. The 2018 model comes in three trim options, all featuring leather-interior accents for optimal luxury. The 2018 base-level Classica offers:

  • 16-inch wheels
  • Four-speaker sound system
  • Push-button start
  • Bluetooth connectivity



Best Convertible Cars: BMW Z4 | CarMax

With its aerodynamic, elongated front end, cropped windshield, standard dual tailpipes, large air vents, and seating for two (2018 onward), the BMW Z4 is a head-turner. This roadster is in its sixth generation (2018–present) featuring a soft-top convertible roof (the hard-top option is not available after 2017) and one trim package with lots of optional add-ons to customize the vehicle. Standard features available for the 2019 BMW Z4 include:

  • 18-inch wheels with performance tires
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen interface
  • 14-way power seats
  • Smartphone integration


BMW 328

Best Convertible Cars: BMW 328i | CarMax

This luxury sedan hails from the BMW 3 Series, known for its attention to detail, with rear passenger space (perfect for kids or dogs) and 13 cu-ft of cargo space in the trunk on 2017 models. This convertible can easily be a daytime commuter turned weekend cruiser for a small family or group of friends. The 2016–2017 models offer six different trim configurations. The loaded 2017 328d xDrive package features:

  • AWD drivetrain
  • 240-hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Push-button start
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel


Audi A5

Best Convertible Cars: Audi A5 | CarMax

Looking for a family car or just something luxurious for long drives? The Audi A5 is the second on our list offering rear seating that easily accommodates a set of golf clubs or a child safety seat. The two-door 2017 model of this luxury convertible features a standard 2.0L turbocharged engine and 10.2 cu-ft of cargo space in the trunk to haul groceries easily. There are three trim packages available for the 2017–2019 Audi A5, with the higher-end models boasting extra tech features. The loaded Prestige trim offers:

  • Rearview camera
  • Audio system with 3D sound
  • 8.3-inch display
  • Satellite radio

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Mini Cooper

Best Convertible Cars: Mini Cooper Convertible | CarMax

The beloved boxy MINI is also available in a convertible body type. Be sure to scout out the 2016 model, the final production year of this trendy ride. The 2016 Mini Cooper base model features a 6.5-inch display screen, center armrest, and soft top that can open either partially for a sunroof-style experience or fully for a true drop-top look. Three powertrain choices and three appearance options mean you'll be able to find the MINI for you. The mid-grade Signature appearance and mid-grade Cooper S powertrain feature:

  • 2.0L engine
  • Automatic climate control
  • Heated seats
  • Touchscreen with media center


Volkswagen Beetle

Best Convertible Cars: Volkswagen Beetle | CarMax

In newer model years of this iconic car (1998–2019), you'll discover the engine is now located in the front of the car, unlike the early rear-located powertrains. The base trim 2017 model features a 1.8L 170-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 2018 and 2019 models upgraded to a 2.0L 174-hp turbocharged V4. The last year of production for the Volkswagen Beetle (2019) offers up three trim packages, with two being commemorative Final Editions. The Final Edition SEL offers:

  • Premium audio system
  • 6.3-inch touchscreen navigation system
  • Leatherette trim
  • 17-inch alloy wheels


Mazda MX-5 Miata

Best Convertible Cars: 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata | CarMax

The premium tech features, sporty two-seat configuration, and sedan-like comfort of the Mazda MX-5 Miata helped it land in the top three best convertible cars for 2020 shoppers list! This roadster is in its fourth generation (2015–2018) of production. In 2017, Mazda introduced a button-operated hardtop convertible dubbed the Retractable Fastback, an innovative design offering simplicity for top-down drivers. The 2017 base trim offers:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • 155-hp engine
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • LED headlights and taillights


Chevrolet Camaro

Best Convertible Cars: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS | CarMax

Sleek and easily identifiable, the Camaro is a sports car sought after by anyone who craves classic curves and adrenaline-pumping speed. In 2016, Chevy launched the sixth generation of the Camaro with four powerful engine options: a 275-hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 335-hp 3.6L V6 engine, a 455-hp 6.2L V8 engine and a 6.2L V8 engine outputting an impressive 650 hp. Along with speed, you'll enjoy all the modern tech we've come to love. The 2018 base trim Chevrolet Camaro enjoys features including:

  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi1
  • Keyless entry and ignition


Ford Mustang

Best Convertible Cars: 2018 Ford Mustang GT | CarMax

Taking the top spot on our list of best convertible cars for 2020 shoppers is the hoof-pounding Ford Mustang. This classic muscle car wins over buyers with its eye-catching design and power under the hood. The 2015–2017 models offer three engine options: a 2.3L EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine, a 3.7L 300-hp V6 engine, and a 5.0L Coyote 435-hp V8 (note that this GT trim isn't available as a convertible.). The 2018 base model features:

  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Two USB ports
  • Six-speaker sound system

Any of the cars on this list are sure to satisfy your need for comfort and style out on the open road. Whether you're cruising to work or want a weekend head turner to haul around friends and family, a convertible will do the trick.

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