If you’re looking to add glamour to your day-to-day comings and goings, a sleek new convertible can accomplish that for you in very short order. In fact, few things in life are more decadent than driving around in a car with no roof. Particularly if that car is really good looking (which most topless cars have a tendency to be).
One of the reasons for this is convertibles have a tendency to be a bit on the spendy side. Still, as new car pricings go, there are some affordable convertibles out there. Of course, with the average new car transaction price hovering around $30,000 as of this writing (August 2012), the term “affordable” is relative today, more than ever before. After all, when you start talking prices, affordable to some, is “Oh-My-God! How-Much?!? to others.
Particularly when prices start climbing above the $30,000 mark.
For this guide to the most affordable convertibles for 2012, we used a starting MSRP of $31,000 as the uppermost cutoff point. When you examine the ramifications of that, it eliminates cars such as Volkswagen’s EOS, Infiniti’s G37, the John Cooper Works MINI models, and the BMW 1 Series.
However, that cutoff point did leave room for some truly desirable models, as Autobytels’ guide to the best affordable 2012 convertibles will reveal.