Sporty convertibles aren't typically the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road. However, if you want the fun of a drop top without sacrificing too much at the gas pump, then there are several new cars from which to choose. Review the top five best convertibles for gas mileage and decide which wind-in-your-hair model is right for you.
New 2010 Smart fortwo Convertible (36 mpg combined)
Given its diminutive size, the Smart fortwo is easy to overlook when shopping for new cars. However, if you want supreme fuel efficiency in a convertible, then this little city star may be the vehicle for you. With room for two and a peppy 70-horsepower three-cylinder engine, the fortwo Convertible earns an impressive 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. While highway driving is probably best kept to a minimum, the fortwo is a great around-town car for those who don't need a lot of cargo space. Base price for the 2010 smart fortwo is $11,990. However, convertible models start at $16,990.
New 2010 MINI Cooper Convertible (31 mpg combined)
In a lot of ways, the MINI Cooper is exactly what people are looking for in a convertible - flashy styling, a zippy engine and good interior comfort. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivers superb handling and good acceleration. It also offers 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. While bigger than the Smart fortwo, squeezing passengers into the back seat should probably be reserved for short trips only. Convertible models come with a full-power retractable roof. Base convertible models come with an initial asking price of $24,250.
New 2010 Audi A5 Cabriolet (26 mpg combined)
True luxury sports car appeal can be found in the 2010 Audi A5 Cabriolet. If you'd prefer a convertible that is comfortable enough for rear seat passengers, and you can afford the $42,000 MSRP, then you'll find a lot to love in this Audi drop top. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 211 horsepower - enough to give the A5 sports car performance. The interior is exceptionally posh, and is guaranteed to pamper with high-tech amenities and supportive seating. EPA fuel estimates for the Audi A5 Cabriolet come in at 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
New 2010 Volkswagen Eos (25 mpg combined)
The Volkswagen Eos competes ably against the Audi A5. While the 200-hp four-cylinder engine isn't quite as impressive as the Audi powerplant, the VW Eos can be had for about $10,000 less ($32,290 base MSRP). This makes it a great compromise between luxury and value. The vehicle's mid-size proportions make it a good option for those who want to share the convertible experience with more than one other person. It is also the only vehicle on the road with a retractable hardtop that boasts a built-in sunroof. If you can skip a bit of sporty performance in favor of a comfortable and fun drive, then the VW Eos is definitely worth a test drive. Fuel efficiency is estimated at 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
New 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata (24 mpg combined)
With good engine performance, decent mileage and an attractive starting price, it is no wonder the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the best-selling convertibles on the road. Convertible lovers will be pleased by the superb engine performance offered by the 167-hp four-cylinder engine. While the interior is a little on the small side, most people will find plenty of comfort in the front seats. The Miata also offers a good amount of vehicle customization, including the ability to choose between a soft-top and retractable hardtop. The 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata starts at $22,960 and offers 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.