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9 Best Used Convertibles Under $15,000 for 2019

For drop-top driving fun, there’s nothing like a convertible. When the sun is out and the top is down, convertibles turn driving into an experience that a hardtop can’t match. If you’re looking for driving fun in the sun on a budget, a used convertible is a great way to get the wind in your face without breaking the bank.

Here are nine great used convertibles you can find on Autotrader for under $15,000 in 2019.

2005-2014 Ford Mustang

2005-2014 Ford Mustang

The S-197 generation brought retro/modern styling to the legendary Ford Mustang when the retro craze was at its peak. The 2010 model brought with it a nice update to the styling and the optional V8 in the GT trims was greatly improved for 2011. Whether you go with a V6 or a V8 with a manual or an automatic transmission, it’s hard not to have fun driving a Mustang convertible. Find a Ford Mustang for sale

2013-2019 Volkswagen Beetle

2013-2019 Volkswagen Beetle

The current generation of the Volkswagen Beetle is already a pretty affordable car, making used examples going back to its 2013 debut a bargain. The famously round roof of the Beetle is available in soft-top form, meaning you can have all the cuteness of the "Bug" plus the fun of a convertible in one affordable package. Find a Volkswagen Beetle for sale

2006-2015 Mazda Miata

2006-2015 Mazda Miata

No list of used convertibles would be complete without the beloved Mazda MX-5 Miata. The third-generation NC model can be found fairly easily under the $15,000 mark. Some purists might not like the NC for losing a little bit of the character of the earlier Miata models, but this generation is noteworthy for being a little more comfortable with better road manners than its more spartan predecessors. Find a Mazda Miata for sale

Saturn Sky

2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky

A Miata competitor that’s sometimes forgotten is the pair of roadsters that General Motors came out with in the 2000s. The Pontiac Solstice and its mechanical twin the Saturn Sky were fun little 2-seaters, most of which were convertibles. The Solstice GXP and the Sky Redline were equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four that made impressive performance numbers of 260 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which was upgradable with a dealer installed option bringing it to 290 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque. Find a Pontiac Solstice for sale of Find a Saturn Sky for sale

2006-2013 BMW 3-Series (E93)

2006-2013 BMW 3-Series (E93)

The E93 generation of the BMW 3-Series convertible does a nice job blending luxury and performance and adding drop-top enjoyment. This model has the distinction of being the first 3-Series convertible with a folding aluminum hard-top roof rather than a more traditional soft top. Since it’s one of the earliest examples of a retractable hardtop at its price point, that makes it one of the most affordable ones you can get on the used market today. It also had a "Comfort Access" option that allowed you to raise and lower the roof using the key fob. Find a BMW 3 Series for sale

2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird

2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird

The 11th and most recent generation of the Ford Thunderbird that had a brief production run in the 2000s has become a used car bargain. It’s a throwback design borrowing many design cues from the first-generation Thunderbird and whether you love or hate the design, it certainly turns heads. This T-Bird can be had as either a soft top convertible or with a removable hardtop and it came exclusively with a Jaguar-derived V8 under the hood making 280 hp and 286 lb-ft of torque. Find a Ford Thunderbird for sale

2010-2015 Chevrolet Camaro

2010-2015 Chevrolet Camaro

The fifth-generation Chevrolet "Bumblebee" Camaro was a big hit when the legendary nameplate returned from its hiatus for the 2010 model year. Like all of its predecessors, the re-introduced Camaro could be had in convertible form making it good for enjoying some open-air American muscle. Having the top down makes it easier to hear the roar of the LS V8 engine under the hood of the SS models. We especially like the post face-lift 2014-2015 Camaros, which updated the look and added some new options like Recaro seats with suede inserts and a color HUD. Find a Chevrolet Camaro for sale

2006-2012 Porsche Boxster (987)

2006-2012 Porsche Boxster (987)

If you’re willing to roll the dice on an out-of-warranty used Porsche Boxster, it can be a very rewarding experience. For a long time, the first-generation Boxster was the go-to affordable Porsche, but now the second-gen 987 model is getting pretty affordable on the used market. The aesthetics of this midengine roadster were thoroughly refreshed inside and out moving the Boxster a step forward in terms of luxury while adding performance on the desirable S model, which we recommend if you can find one at this price point. Find a Porsche Boxster for sale

2001-2010 Lexus SC

2001-2010 Lexus SC

Another option for an affordable used convertible with an aluminum retractable hard-top is the second-generation Lexus SC, which debuted in 2001. This V8-powered roadster came well-appointed with standard features including real wood interior trim, Mark Levinson premium audio and satellite navigation. This convertible got an update in 2006 adding a couple of perks like new wheels and Bluetooth capability. The SC looks a little bit like a spaceship when the top is up, but if that doesn’t bother you, it’s a fast, comfortable and affordable convertible. Find a Lexus SC for sale

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