Nothing drives quite like a convertible. This fun, fashionable type of vehicle has been a classic throughout the world for years. With 2015 quickly winding down, a great way to celebrate this year in automobiles is to discuss the top ten convertibles that hit the market in 2015. Based on consumer reviews and reports, these cars will have you heading down to your nearest car dealer. But before we get to our top ten, here is a quick “how-to” on what to look for in a great convertible.
What Makes a Great Convertible?
Comfortability, reliability, and drivability are the three major qualities you want in your car (regardless of whether or not it’s a convertible). Make sure you know how many passengers you’re going to have in your car on average, as well as if you have any personal needs that will determine the need for comfortable seating arrangements. Reliability and drivability go hand in hand—you want a car that won’t break down on you while you’re cruising down for a vacation, nor do you want a vehicle that doesn’t steer smoothly or has an operating system that is alien to you. With these three conditions in mind, here are the top ten convertibles for 2015. Let the countdown begin!
#10: 2015 Audi S5
Audi makes some of the sleekest cars around. The 2015 Audi S5 is no exception, with 333 horsepower and a 9.7 out of ten rating in the Kelley Blue Book, a consumer’s guide to automotive purchasing. The Audi S5 is a high-performance version of the A5. The S5 has been around since 2010, but it has undergone some major changes for 2015. One of these changes involves the new grill, new fog lights, and redesigned headlights. It has Quattro all-wheel drive and has a sculpted, smooth look to it that will be sure to attract attention no matter where you take it. It seats four and a dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic transmission is available for either body type that you choose (but the six-speed is offered on the coupe only, not the convertible). The V-6 is 3 liters and you can opt for a sport-rear differential depending on your preference. It can go from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds and it gets 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The top speed so far is a cool 153 miles per hour. The practical seating and the ease of lowering the top is a major incentive for owners looking to purchase something both beautiful and pragmatic, a seemingly unheard-of combination.
#9: 2015 Ford Mustang
This convertible has several unique highlights to it that make it one-of-a-kind. It has a six-speed selective automatic transmission and steering wheel paddle shifters that allow you to override automatic transmission if you so choose. It allows you to have the feel of a manual transmission if you’re feeling nostalgic. The car gets 28mpg on the highway and 17 in the city. You can upgrade your Mustang to SYNC 3, which is an amazing piece of technology that is completely new. It is responsive and automatic, with a screen that is similar to a smartphone. It can link to Siri and responds with enhanced voice recognition, so you’re not repeating things ten times in a row. It’s also safe, as you shouldn’t be on your cellphone while you’re driving. With SYNC 3, you can have phone, audio, directive, and visual functions without being distracted from the road. The wheels on the Mustang are another nice touch—they are 18-inch with magnetic gloss. The wheels are aluminum and come standard with the EcoBoost Mustang. This convertible, like the Audi, received a 9.7 out of 10 in the Kelley Blue Book.
#8: Mercedes-Benz SL-400
Mercedes cars are classics and this SL is no exception. With the new version coming out in 2016, the 2015 is still far ahead of its time. It gets 20mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. With 329 horsepower and a top speed of 155mph, it can go from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds. These impressive numbers are rivaled by the classy appearance of the vehicle, which has a folding hardtop and a sculpted, almost geometric exterior. It has twin-turbo, 3-Liter V-6 engines and, if you choose, you can upgrade to a 4.7-Liter V-8, which gets a whopping 449 horsepower. The SL-400 is a combination of grace and hard-hitting horsepower. The V-6 packs a punch and the seven-speed automatic transmission is one of the main factors behind its success on the market. It was one of Ford’s “Editor’s Choice” awards, garnering a 5-star rating.
#7: 2015 Porsche 911
With a 9.8 out of 10 consumer rating on Kelley Blue Book, this Porsche gets 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. It’s a six-cylinder with 430 horsepower. Its top track speed was 190 miles per hour and it can go from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds (using manual transmission). This sleek little car has a manual seven-speed gearbox and, if you want a little racing-action, it can give you a racing sport sound that will increase once you go full-throttle. With twin black chrome tailpipes, the 911 is a luxurious car for those who want something with an edge. The engine is aspirated and the gearbox is Le Mans, part of the famous PorscheDoppelkupplung series.The Doppelkupplung facilitates gear-changes at lightning speed and allows for gears one through six to be sporty, while the seventh is best for fuel consumption over a long period of time. This diversity and dichotomy between sporty and casual is what makes the 911 a superior modelfor drivers who want a little excitement in their car.
#6: 2015 MINI Roadster
This classic, adorable little car is great for a cruise to the beach or around the boulevard. It seats two and has a classic MINI styling on the exterior. It has a horsepower of 121 and gets 27mpg in the city and 34 on the highway, according to EPA estimates. It’s a 1-L 4-cylinder with a 9.8 out of 10 rating in Kelley Blue Book. The Roadster is amenable to sharp handling and new features include LED fog lights, automatically-controlled interior temperature, and daytime running lights. The top is thin and easy to put down and consumers who reviewed the car found that it worked best for casual driving. The interior seating is comfortable, and it contains more cargo space than the previous Roadster models. It’s also highly customizable for drivers who want to add their own flair to the car.
#5: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette (Stingray)
The customer ratings on this car were phenomenal, with the vehicle garnering a 9.9 out of 10 on Kelley Blue Book. Its mpg is 17 in the city and 29 on the highway. It has a 6.2L V-8 and gets 455 horsepower. The Stingray, a popular Chevy model for convertibles, is beautifully sculpted on the exterior and is aerodynamically designed for speed. The drop-top is electronic (no need for hands) and can be lowered even when you’re driving up to 30mph. The Chevy Corvette Stingray contains a hood air extractor and ventilation system that prevents the car from overheating easily. Because of this ventilation, you get increased downforce and lift reduction. The car handles well at high speeds and you as the driver feel in control. There are also powertrain cooling systems and brake cooldown functions that allow your speed to increase while decreasing the risk of overheating. With the Stingray, you have a choice of a seven speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s a sleek, streamlined car that is attention-grabbing even from a mile away.
#4: 2015 BMW M6
This high-performance car has an easy top-lowering function and it is technologically advanced. The German automaker created this car as a variant on the traditional M6 series. The difference between this convertible and the other M6’s is that this is a more aggressive car. It’s designed more aerodynamically and has a body kit that is optimized for intense speed and power. However, don’t be mistaken: despite the 560 horsepower and the 4.4L twin-turbo V-8, this car is still elegant and convenient. There is no bulkiness to this BMW. You can also opt for a “Competition Package,” which is offered by the automaker for those who want to amp their horsepower up to 575 (15 extra). The brakes on the BMW are one of the most advantageous things about it; 15.7 front brakes and 15.6 rear brakes are large and will quickly halt the vehicle when you need to stop. Ceramic carbon breaks are an extra feature that you can add to thisBMW. Other cool features: classic German leather interiors, a navigation system of the highest intuitiveness, and a 16-speaker Bang &Olufsensystem for maximum sound amplification. All in all, a very sleek, sophisticated ride.
#3: 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
With a perfect customer rating on Kelley Blue Book, this car gets 24mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. ThisItalian car is exotic, and you can tell from the carved, sleek exterior that it is built for beauty and speed. It rides low and has a 237 horsepower. It can go from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds, and the car itself is powered by a turbo four. The transmission is six-speed automatic and the car is actually pretty lightweight at only 2500 pounds. The lightness is matched by the flexible steering capability, which is graceful, intuitive, and fast. The Spider is anticipatory; it’s almost as though, crazy as it sounds, it can sense what you need it to do before itdoes it. This car is beautifully-made and highly advanced for its time.
#2: 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish
Another perfectly-rated car, this Aston Martin has a V-12 engine that packs a major punch. The potency inside the car will blast you forward at speed you didn’t think you’d ever achieve. It is similar to the Vantage and the Rapide, but thisVanquish is more dramatized and powerful. It contains a carbon fiber shell and the interior is extremely high-quality (quilted or leather). The seating is hand-crafted and meticulously designed. It gets 565 horsepower and 13mpg in the city, 21mpg on the highway. Its top speed has been clocked at 201 miles per hour and it can go from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds. This astounding speed is coupled with the Touchtronic III ZF eight-speed transmission. The eight gears shift from one to eight in 130 milliseconds. The carbon exterior is able to keep up with the high speeds of the car, as it is not only sturdy, but also incredibly strong. There is also an infotainment system inside the car, making the vehicle not only satisfying for the driver, but also for the passengers as well.
#1: 2015 Lamborghini Aventador
Lamborghini, an Italian company, makes some of the fastest, most luxurious cars in the world. The 2015 Aventador gets 10mpg in the city and 15 on the highway. It has 700 horsepower and is rated 10/10 in the Kelley Blue Book. The Aventador has a 6.5L V-12 engine and the Ad Personam program offered by Lamborghini make this convertible available for just about any type of personalization. The car rides low, as most Lamborghinis do, and it can go from 0 to 60 in three seconds flat. It contains all wheel drive and seven-speed automatic transmission. If you choose to upgrade to the Superveloce, you’ll get 740 horsepower. The top speed reached, according to track tests, was an astounding 217 miles per hour.
These convertibles are all automotive superstars that pack a major punch within the industry, both domesticallyand internationally. 2015 was the year of the convertible, and it will be exciting to see what new innovations these companies will bring. With superior drivability, attractive exteriors, luxurious interiors, and mind-blowing speed, these convertibles are sure to have you amazed.
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