Summer is finally here, with warmer weather and beach trips. It is also an ideal time to enjoy a convertible. Gear Patrol even calls the convertible ‘the perfect summer car’. But some drop-tops stand out if you want to get to the coast. These are the three convertibles that are the best beach cars according to Gear Patrol.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a best-selling convertible
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has been one of the best-selling convertibles for years. Gear Patrol points to its driving dynamics, style and low cost as the main reasons it is a great convertible beach car.
Now in its fourth generation, the Miata doesn’t have many direct competitors. Its small roadster design makes it nimble and fun to drive, despite its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making just 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata doesn’t break the bank — the base model starts at $27,650. It won’t cost you a ton at the pump either. The Miata is the most fuel-efficient sports car on gas, with 34 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined. Gear Patrol isn’t the only one to rate the MX-5 well. Consumer Reports touts the Miata as the best and cheapest roadster, and TrueCar calls it the best convertible for the money.
And if you prefer a used Mazda MX-5 Miata, Gear Patrol says models from the past 20 years are both a bargain and a fun convertible to drive in the summer. If you’re looking for something similar, Gear Patrol also recommends the Toyota MR2 Spyder and Audi TT.
Go to the beach with the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
The Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet takes a lot of what makes the Mazda MX-5 Miata a great convertible, but on a larger scale. The 911 has a lot more power than the Miata, with 379 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque from a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Gear Patrol also calls the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet’s handling unparalleled, thanks to the rear engine layout.
The interior of the 911 Carrera Cabriolet is also spacious and suitable for taller drivers. The convertible top retracts easily, but slightly affects the rear view. And it costs a lot more than the Mazda MX-5 Miata: Porsche sets the starting MSRP for a 911 Carrera Cabriolet at $118,900. But reviewers, including Edmundsimagine you get what you pay for considering the driving experience and luxury.
If you want that driving experience at a lower price, used Porsche 911 models are bargains on the used market. Gear Patrol also lists the Chevrolet Corvette and the Mercedes-Benz SL-500 as other options to consider.
The Ford Mustang EcoBoost is an iconic muscle car
The iconic American muscle car contrasts with the price tag of the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet. For just a few thousand dollars more than a new MX-5 Miata, you get almost as much power as the 911, but with classic Mustang styling. Gear Patrol calls it an iconic American convertible. That’s reasonable considering Ford pioneered the pony car segment decades ago.
The base model Ford Mustang EcoBoost has a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough power for a beach car. Ford puts the starting price of the Mustang EcoBoost at $32,705 – a great value given the car’s potential.
If you have a bigger budget, you can get even more power with the Ford Mustang GT. This model features a 5.0-liter V8 with 450 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, plus performance and interior upgrades. It is still an affordable convertible given the improved performance.
If the Mustang isn’t what you’re looking for, Gear Patrol lists a few more sporty convertibles. The Chevrolet Camaro and BMW Z4 are great beach cars with the roof down.
The best beach cars of 2022 will make your summer
When it comes to the best beach cars of 2022, Equipment Patrol presented quite a few options. From the Mazda MX-5 Miata to the Ford Mustang EcoBoost, each of these beach cars is sure to make your summer. So, which one will you choose?
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