These 10 best hardtop convertibles have a couple of lessons for us. One is that it’s possible to experience that special thrill of open-air motoring and still have the security of a fixed-roof car, plus protection from the elements. Hardtops turn a convertible into a year-round car.
The other is that versions with power-folding roofs are not proliferating the way we might have anticipated when the technology was introduced. For example, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet (a fancy word for convertible) has a fabric roof. And that car could easily handle the extra weight and cost. So anyone looking to buy a hardtop convertible can rest assured their choice will still be pretty exclusive.