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10 Best Used Convertibles Under $25,000

A good deal on a great used convertible can brighten any driving task, whether commuting to work or hitting the beach. For car shoppers looking to add a splash of sun to their fun, we’ve gathered these 10 used convertibles under $25,000, leaving plenty of money for suntan lotion.

2019 Volkswagen Beetle convertible

1. 2019 Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle may never go out of style, but in 2019, it went out of production. That’s unfortunate because the Beetle’s combination of confident handling, responsive acceleration and iconic shape made it a unique proposition in the small car category. In convertible form, a power-retracting top maintains the Beetle’s retro design when stowed. The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle isn’t all old school, with a 6.3-in touchscreen, dual-zone climate control and, on “Final Edition SEL” models, 18-in wheels, leather upholstery and a Fender audio system. Find a Volkswagen Beetle for sale

2018 Ford Mustang convertible

2. 2018 Ford Mustang

The classic V8 Mustang convertible combination is compelling, but with the 2018’s advanced 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, you get plenty of performance at a much lower purchase price. That means a slightly used Ford Mustang convertible fits into our $25,000 budget without compromising the classic pony car’s performance. Mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or 10-speed automatic, the 4-cylinder Mustang hits 60 mph in 4 seconds while delivering nearly 30 miles per gallon. A standard Track Apps performance system measures acceleration and handling metrics for enthusiast drivers. Find a Ford Mustang for sale

2014 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Cabriolet

3. 2014 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Cabriolet

Here’s how you combine high-end German luxury and performance with a practical approach to personal transportation — buy a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Cabriolet. You get the style of Mercedes-Benz’s premium SL sports car along with a smooth V6, combined with enough room to carry four adults and their belongings in the spacious trunk. All the bank-vault-like structural goodness you expect in an M-B product shines through in the E 350 Cabriolet, along with premium features like LED headlights, the COMAND infotainment system and a responsive 7-speed automatic. Find a Mercedes-Benz E 350 for sale

2018 Fiat 124 Spider

4. 2018 Fiat 124 Spider

If you like the idea of an Italian brand name backed by Japanese quality, the 2018 FIAT 124 Spider makes an excellent open-top option. Despite its Mazda origins, the 124 Spider offers a unique drivetrain and suspension tuning, plus an exterior style more in line with its Mediterranean namesake. The Fiat 124 Spider weighs about 100 pounds more than its structural twin, and it offers about 20 less horsepower. If that sounds like a recipe for lower performance … well, it is. Yet the 124’s fun-to-drive factor remains quite high, while used market pricing is often lower than its brother-from-another-corporate-mother. Find a FIAT Spider for sale

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

5. 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Used convertible shoppers seeking the purity of a classic roadster nameplate can’t do better than Mazda’s iconic MX-5 Miata. However, the 2018 Miata offers a nontraditional retractable fastback (thus “RF”) version, with a fixed windshield and B-pillars separated by a retractable roof panel. If you want to just call it a “targa” we won’t argue the point, especially because, regardless of the terminology, the Miata RF looks good! Credit Mazda with engineering a new body style that doesn’t relinquish the Miata’s attractive style. And, just like the standard convertible version, the Miata RF is a hoot to drive. Find a Mazda MX-5 Miata RF for sale

2014 Lexus IS 250C

6. 2014 Lexus IS 250C

Lexus put its considerable engineering might into the 2014 IS 250C, giving us a retractable hardtop convertible with a refined drivetrain, superb build quality and enough personality to engage enthusiast drivers. The rear-wheel-drive platform, V6 engine and 8-speed automatic offer spirited acceleration and confident handling. An optional, and powerful, Mark Levinson sound system adds to the IS 350C’s emotional engagement and can double as block party entertainment in a pinch. Find a Lexus IS 250C for sale

2011 Porsche Boxster

7. 2011 Porsche Boxster

Porsches hold their value on the used market, requiring a trip further back in time to find one that fits under our $25,000 price cap. But that’s OK because, even by today’s standards, the 2011 Porsche Boxster feels anything but dated. In fact, some would argue this era Boxster, with its naturally aspirated flat-6 engine, has a leg up on the current Boxster’s turbocharged 4-cylinder. What can’t be argued is the Boxster’s driving prowess — it’s undeniably exceptional. They might be hard to come by, but this “entry-level” Porsche sports car delivers everything a performance enthusiast could want. Find a Porsche Boxster for sale

015 Audi A5 Cabriolet

8. 2015 Audi A5 Cabriolet

Audi’s sense of style and advanced technology manifest as a sleek and capable convertible in the 2015 A5 Cabriolet. This convertible’s high-quality cabin materials are more easily appreciated under bright sunlight, while its advanced Audi MMI interface features a high-resolution screen combined with intuitive controls. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine provides a broad torque band with standard quattro all-wheel drive, allowing you to enjoy this convertible all year round. Did we mention the A5 Cabriolet is beautiful? Find an Audi A5 for sale

2010 Chevrolet Corvette convertible

9. 2010 Chevrolet Corvette

The Chevrolet Corvette has long represented one of the best values in performance. If you’re willing to go used, the value proposition multiplies, with 11-year-old Corvettes capable of shaming brand-new exotic sports cars for a fraction of the price. In this case, a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible can be had for under $25,000 while still offering 430 hp and a 0-60 time around 4 seconds. Better still, if you’re driving this era Corvette on a long trip, with some left foot restraint, you can manage close to 30 mpg while enjoying its comfortable cabin and a trunk large enough to easily carry luggage for two. Find a Chevrolet Corvette for sale

2018 Chevrolet Camaro convertible

10. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro

As with the Corvette, the Chevrolet Camaro delivers a lot of performance for a relatively small amount of money. Even the base 4-cylinder produces an entertaining 275 hp, with a 335-hp V6 and 455-hp V8 available if your purchase (and fuel) budget allows. No matter which engine you choose, every Camaro convertible includes a RWD platform, a power-folding soft-top and a 7-in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for easy, intuitive controls once your phone is connected. A 6-speed manual transmission comes standard, with an 8-speed automatic widely available on used models. Find a Chevrolet Camaro for sale

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  1. Missing is the 2006 trough the 2016 Jaguar XJ. Very cool V8 engine with plenty of style and class. Lots of them under $25K on Autotrader.

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