Top 10 Convertibles Under $20K of 2016

For top-down fun on a budget, check out these 10 convertibles.

Top 10 Convertibles Under $20K | CarMax

November 2016

Nothing compares to the feeling of the wind whipping your hair back as you cruise in a well-built convertible. Well, almost nothing—the feeling of getting a great deal on your vehicle purchase is definitely a close second. You can enjoy both of these awesome sensations at the same time by selecting a high-quality convertible that sells for less than $20,000. 

Check out the vehicle options below to streamline your selection process and find an affordable convertible you’ll love to drive. Research or Buy a Used Volvo C70 | CarMax

Volvo C70

Volvo’s convertible C70 has the looks and performance that turn heads in an instant. Its sporty stance and seamless body lines amplify its attractive appearance, whether the top is up or down. For an average price of just $19,898, you could score a C70 that comes equipped with a soft top in one of four attractive colors or a retractable hardtop that’s color-matched to the vehicle.

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Saturn Sky

As the only roadster-styled vehicle on this list, the Saturn Sky convertible is definitely capable of revving your engine. The 2007-2009 Sky features a wide stance and sporty angles that make it look just right with a soft top. The used 2007 Saturn Sky Redline comes equipped with a high-performance, 2.0L, four-cylinder engine that produces 290 horsepower. This engine delivers 340 lb/ft of torque—enough to enable quick launches when sent to the ground using a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission. For all of this performance and style, you’ll pay an average of $15,646.

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Toyota Solara

Toyota infused its convertible Solara with style and sophistication while retaining the utilitarian elements the brand is known for. The simple bodylines of the 2005-2008 models create a stunning profile when equipped with a soft top. Even with the top down, the vehicle retains its practical characteristics, which include ample trunk space and enough legroom in the backseat for two tall adults. At just over $13,000 on average, the convertible Solara is a tough vehicle to turn down.

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Smart Fortwo

At an average price of just $8,358, the convertible Smart Fortwo’s price matches its incredibly tiny physical footprint. Since 2008, this two-seater vehicle has forced the world to reimagine its perception of a highly capable, attractive convertible. A used 2012 Smart Fortwo Passion offers great value, with its alloy wheels, air conditioning system, and two-tone interior. The soft top roof folds back partway, targa-style, or opens fully with the push of a button.

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Volkswagen Eos

The 2006-2015 Volkswagen Eos has sharp good looks, plus excellent drivability and utility. The top on this car drops with the touch of a button, so you can quickly change your mindset from got-to-go-to-work to let’s-head-for-the-beach. With six available engine options, you can select the power option you desire without going over the $17,465 average price.

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Chrysler 200

Chrysler came out of left field with its 200 convertible. The 2011-2016 models offer a blend of sophisticated styling and excellent utility for just over $15,600. When equipped with a highly-capable, 3.6L V6 that gets you from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, this drop-top reaches freeway speeds quickly and easily. With its swooping body panels and high-tech trim elements, a used 2011 Chrysler 200 looks great while it delivers performance and comfort.

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Volkswagen Beetle

A used Volkswagen Beetle for sale will only run you about $16,861, but that doesn’t mean it‘s lacking in the comfort or looks departments. The 2006-2013 models feature the cheery disposition, interior features, and high-tech equipment everyone has grown to love over the years. Whether up or folded down, the soft top even manages to improve the body lines of this already-cherished vehicle design.
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Mini Cooper

The beloved Mini Cooper managed to retain its classic styling cues when it first became available as a highly-capable convertible model in 2005. With a 1.6L, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and low curb weight, this convertible never fails to impress on short jaunts or long drives. The inclusion of high tech entertainment equipment makes this car a great value, at an average cost of $16,054. When you find a used Mini Cooper for sale, snatch it up quickly or you may just lose your chance.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

The MX-5 Miata offers a winning combination of power and poise. The sophisticated styling and ample power options make this convertible a smart choice for automotive enthusiasts. You can choose between a retractable folding hardtop or ultra-convenient soft top, which allows you to retain your trunk space while enjoying the convertible capabilities. At an average price of just over $17,000, the Miata offers ample value for its price.

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Ford Mustang

For years now, Ford has produced its performance-minded Mustang convertible—a car that won’t threaten to break your bank. The fifth and sixth generations of this drop-top pony car retain the dashing good looks of prior models, which include modern, angular exterior styling cues. To ensure you can enjoy big performance in style, keep an eye out for the GT model, equipped with the iconic 412-horsepower, 5.0L engine while looking for a used Ford Mustang for sale. Despite all it offers, this vehicle can be found for just over $19,000, on average.

Finding your ideal vehicle match

With so many great used convertibles for sale, the best way to make your choice is by narrowing this list down to your top three, and then going on test drives. As you drive the vehicles, you’ll likely be able to pinpoint the one that best matches your ideal performance, handling, and ride quality specifications. Since all of these convertibles pair top-down fun with value, you can’t lose by choosing the one that fits your fancy.

Note: the prices included with these vehicles are for 2014 and 2015 models. Older model years are likely to be an even better value!

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