11 Reliable Convertibles on the Cheap
It's summertime, and the American economy is improving. People are spending more money on the things they want, in addition to the things they need. When it comes to cars that means consumers are more willing to add a second or third vehicle to the household that is designed primarily for fun rather than function, and few cars are more enjoyable to drive on a warm summer evening than a convertible.
Thing is, convertibles aren't cheap. The least expensive new convertible model, the ultra-compact 2013 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet, starts at $18,640. Step up to a compact or midsize convertible model, and you're looking at a price tag approaching $30,000, or more, in some cases. That means a used drop-top is an appealing proposition, especially one that has demonstrated a solid track record for dependability.
Based on annual J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability StudySM findings covering models as far back as the 2002 model year, the most dependable convertibles sold during the past decade--those that consistently ranked highly in J.D. Power surveys--were researched online in the used car classifieds to see if someone with a $15,000 budget could buy one with fewer than 75,000 miles on the odometer.
The result is this list of 11 reliable convertibles that can be bought on the cheap, and that should prove dependable enough that you smile about them more often than not. They're listed below in alphabetical order.