In the past couple of years, we have lost quite a few worthy convertibles within the affordable segment. VW Beetle Convertible, Audi A3 Cabrio, Buick Cascada and Fiat 124 Spider are no more, but this does not mean that our buying options have gotten less exciting. In this article we will cover an updated list of the cheapest drop tops listing the most recent models with their respective prices and other vital information.
1. MINI Convertible
The Mini brand goes after drivers who lead dynamic and expressive lives, so the model itself has to constantly evolve despite keeping the purist appearance. The 2021 facelift for this compact cabrio welcomes a new hexagonal grille.
2. Ford Mustang Convertible
There are four grades of Mustangs these days: a classic fastback, a convertible, an all-new Mach 1 and surely, the mighty Shelby 500 that costs a whopping 73 grand. Luckily the drop top version of this pony is still within the reach of mid-income consumers, all thanks to the affordability of the 4-cylinder setup.
3. Fiat 500C Hybrid
The roofless sibling of the Fiat 500 hatchback is literally the cheapest way to own a convertible today. Its soft top is made of dual-layer cloth fabric, is power-operated for three positions and is equipped with an integrated glass window.
4. Mazda MX5 Miata
With 30 years of iconic heritage and best-seller status under its belt, the current generation Mazda MX-5 Miata gets you perfect 50/50 weight distribution and a true sportscar experience with a classic 6-speed manual transmission. The model is offered in soft-top and retractable hardtop versions. The former is the cheapest of the two since it is the only one sold in the base Sport trim.
5. Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible
Though much less practical than a regular T-Roc, the Cabrio version is ready to impress with a true power soft top that opens in 9 seconds and operates at 20 mph.
6. Smart EQ Fortwo Cabrio
If you are fan of tiny cars and live in a big, crowded city with strict emission standards, the 2-door Smart EQ cabrio might be just the perfect choice. Its electrically-operated top has 2 positions: it either opens to the length of the roof or folds all the way down.
7. Ford Bronco
2022 Ford Bronco The model reimagines many elements of the first-generation SUV, since its design team actually 3D scanned the 1976 model and used it as a reference point. Of course, the new Bronco can easily be transformed into an open top – the 2-door gets a 2-piece hard top roof, while the 4-door comes equipped with a black cloth soft top that is electronically operated and fully removable.
8. Honda S660
The limited availability of the Japanese-only S660 keicar is about to become even more limited since the model will be finishing production in March 2022. For now, you can get the mid-engine roadster in two trim levels plus a limited edition labeled Modulo X Version Z.
9. Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
Rumors suggest that in 2024 Chevrolet Camaro will be discontinued and replaced with an electric performance car, so we might be witnessing the final years of the legendary pony.
10. Jeep Wrangler Sport
With its iconic retro exterior, removable doors and roof, impressive ground clearance and limitless trims, the Jeep Wrangler remains the number one choice for those who prioritize off-road travel over city commuting.