Open-air motoring has been along since the first horseless carriages. While there have been many memorable convertibles reaching past the last 100 years, some have more historical significance than others.
Convertibles offer an open-air driving experience you can’t replicate with even the largest of sunroofs. Convertibles often weigh more and ride less smoothly than their hardtop counterparts, but our favorite convertibles minimize those drawbacks while maximizing everything else that makes droptops so enjoyable. With charms that we find irresistible, we think these are the best convertibles for 2020.
The 2020 S-class is a shining example of what luxury should be, largely due to its sumptuous looks and impressive performance. The lavish convertible is chock full with the latest technology and the finest of materials. The S-class has it all: an interior that could please a sultan, performance to please a hot shoe, and a road presence that is unmistakably majestic. It may be expensive, but if you’re shopping in this segment, you’ll be happy to know that you’re getting every last bit of your money’s worth.
Completely redesigned just last year, the 2020 Z4 is back after a four-year hiatus, and it’s better than ever. The rear-wheel-drive two-seat roadster still falls short of the sublime Porsche Boxster for all-out speed and driving enjoyment, but it’s a close second, offering extremely strong performance in a refined package that’s enjoyable to drive every day. Its base price is also about $10,000 less than the Boxster’s. This time around, the Z4 is offered only as a convertible—there is no longer a coupe version—and it’s BMW’s least expensive two-seater. This latest generation has also shed its heavy and complex retractable hard top for a more traditional folding soft top, but its interior seals tightly and remains quiet on the highway.
Not every Chevy Camaro packs a muscular V-8 and a manual transmission, which makes it accessible and desirable to most driving enthusiasts. The 2020 Camaro has unique styling that’s ripe for customization. While its cabin feels cramped, the pony car is endlessly enjoyable to drive. A dutiful four-cylinder and spunky V-6 are the most affordable engines, but Chevy’s brilliant 6.2-liter V-8 sounds great and goes like stink. An incredible performance package—called 1LE—is available on all coupes and transforms them into versatile track machines. Still, the 2020 Camaro continues the nameplate’s tradition of offering something for everyone.
Arguably one of the most recognizable cars of all time, the 2020 Mustang continues to deliver eye-catching style and driving excitement. Its ability to be personalized and performance-enhanced also have endeared Ford’s pony car to the public for more than 55 years. While the standard turbocharged four-cylinder might sound like a blasphemous choice for a muscle car, the EcoBoost model is legitimately enjoyable and affordable. The Mustang GT continues to carry the V-8 torch against crosstown rivals from Chevy and Dodge, but it bests them with a better combination of athleticism and livability. Sure, some of the Stang’s interior materials are subpar and its back seat is tight, but this legendary muscle car has evolved and consistently lived up to that title.
The 2020 A5 cabriolet offers a roomy cabin with a decent-size trunk to help auto enthusiasts justify the purchase to themselves and disapproving spouses. It comes with a gutsy turbocharged four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and a host of tech features that will keep futurists happy. The A5’s athletic chassis makes it a playful partner on a twisty road but it can still bring home the bacon—literally—with plenty of cargo space and a rear seat that can actually accommodate adult riders.
Porsche 718 Boxster
Not everyone will understand the magnificence of the 2020 718 Boxster, especially compared with click-bait rivals such as the all-new 2020 Chevy Corvette. Still, those who have experienced the convertible Porsche’s perfectly balanced chassis and serene steering will see the light and understand why it made our 10Best list again. Despite their rough-sounding engines, the Boxster’s trio of turbocharged flat-fours will otherwise charm with speedy acceleration and a pair of terrific transmissions. This soft-top sports car isn’t intended to be practical. No. The Boxster is meant to put its driver on a pedestal and redefine the sports car genre.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Since its introduction in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been beloved by drivers all over the world, and for 2020 this automotive icon continues to be the focused sports car we love. Its chassis is playful, its engine is eager to rev, and its standard manual transmission is a joy to use. Perhaps what’s most enjoyable about the 2020 Miata is how analog it seems in the age of computer-controlled cars and SUVs. While it isn’t a practical choice, it represents the best and most affordable four-wheeled thrill ride this side of a go-kart.