Two seat roadsters might be romanticized by the popular media, but four seater convertibles have an important place in the sun, too. These are the practical drop tops, the ones that can be counted on to ferry a couple of extra friends or family members in a pinch, and the vehicles that offer just enough usability to be considered viable daily driver replacements.
We've put together a list of some of the most popular four seater convertibles on the market. Let's take a quick look at our entries to get a feel for what is out there in the practical rag top segment.
Four Seater Convertibles - 01 - 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible
The 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible might not be glamorous, and it may not be the most stylish vehicle in this roundup of 4 seat convertible cars, but it does offer an affordable way to let the wind whip through your hair. What's more, the Chrysler 200 convertible can be had with either a cloth top or a retractable hard top, which means that those living in winter climates get the added flexibility of a true four-seasons ride. Four and six-cylinder power is available with the 200 convertible, with the latter delivering 283 horses and offering a six-speed automatic transmission.
Four Seater Convertibles - 02 - 2013 Infiniti G Convertible
The 2013 Infiniti G Convertible offers a hard top that folds down into the trunk, which means that cargo capacity isn't quite up to par with the roof open. That being said, the Infiniti G Convertible's elegant looks and expressive performance (thanks in part to its 330 horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6) make it a luxury cruiser to watch for when shopping in the premium segment. The rear-wheel drive drop top is equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission, and it can also be had with a long list of high end features, including a navigation system, an air purifier, and adaptive cruise control.
Four Seater Convertibles - 03 - 2013 Ford Mustang Convertible
The 2013 Ford Mustang Convertible represents the best way to hear the V-8 rumble of the GT model's 5.0-liter engine as it exits the vehicle's dual exhausts. With 420 horses on tap, it might be tempting to think of the Ford Mustang Convertible exclusively as a muscle machine, but its ultra-efficient 3.7-liter entry-level V-6 delivers 305 ponies as well as top notch fuel economy. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions can be had with the Mustang, and the GT can be loaded up with additional performance parts for those who want to play hooligan at the track.
Four Seater Convertibles - 04 - 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
It would be impossible to talk about the open-air Mustang without mentioning its direct competitor, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible. The Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is another retro-themed machine with a split personality: the vehicle's 3.6-liter V-6 offers responsible power and fuel efficiency, while the 6.2-liter V-8 offered in the SS trim level steps things up with 426 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available with each, and the fully-automated top makes it a cinch to let the sunshine in in the time it takes for the light to change from red to green (an important consideration in almost any convertible).
Four Seater Convertibles - 05 - 2012 BMW 3 Series Convertible
The 2012 BMW 3 Series Convertible is another retractable hard-top-only affair, one that manages to preserve the sleek looks of the compact luxury car's roofline and allows it to be marketed as both a coupe and a drop top at the same time. The BMW 3 Series Convertible is also a decent handler thanks to the brand's focus on chassis dynamics, and its list of available luxury options should be enough to satisfy the most demanding entry-level customer. Although the naturally-aspirated six-cylinder found in the base model is stout enough, the extra weight of the convertible mechanism almost demands that buyers go for the turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder mill found in the 335i, which brings with it 300 horses.
Four Seater Convertibles - 06 - 2012 Volvo C70
The 2012 Volvo C70 is a mid-size convertible disguised as a coupe, due to the relatively unbroken lines introduced by its retractable hard top. The Volvo C70 is actually fairly roomy for a four seater convertible, and it also provides the top notch safety that Volvo has made its primary selling point for decades. Performance fans will be happy with the C70's turbocharged, five-cylinder engine, which manages to push out 227 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque - figures which are managed by a five-speed automatic transmission that is matched with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for manual control over gear changes.
Four Seater Convertibles - 07 - 2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
The 2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is the most unusual vehicle on this list of four seater convertibles, as it represents the sole SUV entry. Indeed, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is an outlier in a world where the only other convertible SUV of note is the rugged Jeep Wrangler. The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet cuts a unique styling path through the mid-size crossover market, and it comes with the same 3.5-liter, 265 horsepower V-6 that its more practical, fixed-roof sibling does. A continuously-variable automatic is the only gearbox offered with the CrossCabriolet, and all-wheel drive is standard. Predictably - given its size - the Nissan's back seat is one of the roomiest in the entire convertible segment.
Four Seater Convertibles - 08 - 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is a luxury cruiser that borrows its attractive sheet metal from the popular E-Class coupe. Not as sporting as several of its German competitors, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet nonetheless makes up for it with a planted, comfortable ride and the kind of premium accoutrements that buyers have come to expect from the brand. Sticking with the entry-level E350 model nets a 3.5-liter V-6 that is good for 302 horsepower, while moving up to the E550 introduces a 402 horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 that makes use of twin turbochargers to generate 443 lb-ft of torque. The rear-wheel drive Cabriolet is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Four Seater Convertibles - 09 - 2012 Volkswagen Eos
The 2012 Volkswagen Eos is a bit of an outlier, positioned just under the premium convertible segment but offering a stronger list of features and equipment than more affordable vehicles in its class. The Volkswagen Eos benefits from a retractable hard top, and it also comes with a refined interior that looks and feels more upscale than the model's price would suggest. A 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine pulls duty under the hood of every Eos, and its 200 horsepower provide ample forward motivation for the convertible. A six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission is standard with the Volkswagen.
Four Seater Convertibles - 10 - 2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet
The 2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet is in many ways a smoother counterpoint to the performance-oriented 3 Series convertible. The Audi A5 Cabriolet is focused on the finer things, delivering a range of luxury features that include navigation, heated leather seats, and adaptive cruise control. A single engine denotes the A5 Cabriolet lineup: a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder mill that is good for 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, output that is handled by either a continuously-variable automatic or a traditional eight-speed automatic transmission. The latter is available exclusively when quattro all-wheel drive is selected as an option.