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Best Convertibles for 2022

The best used and new convertibles based on a data-driven analysis of each vehicle's reliability, resale value and safety.

If your preferred driving experience includes drop-top styling and wind in your hair, a convertible might be the ideal car for you. While all convertibles share the ability to retract their roofs, there are a lot of variables to consider before choosing the best convertible for you. For example, you could have a hardtop, soft-top, or targa-style roof. You could pick a foreign "spyder" or "cabriolet" (common European terms for convertibles) or stick with a domestic model, sporting either a mainstream or luxury nameplate based on your budget.

You might want front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, depending on your local climate. And while automatic transmissions have become dominant in today's new car market, even in the convertible segment, you can still get a manual transmission in several convertible versions of popular new and used models. Engine choices range from fuel-efficient four-cylinders to turbo (or even twin-turbo) powertrains with supercar-like performance. With regard to space and seating capacity, your convertible preferences can span from an intimate two-seater sports car (or roadster) to a more spacious cabin with a back seat and room for four.

Be certain to consider all of these factors when identifying the right convertible for your motoring needs. Because this list focuses on mainstream open-top cars, with mainstream price ranges, you won't find luxury convertibles from brands like Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Porsche on this list. Check out our Best Luxury Convertibles list to view those models.

Finally, we haven't rated exotic or supercar models from companies like Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, or McLaren, but you can find those brands in our vehicle listings.

Soft-Top Vs. Hardtop Vs. Targa:

While most aspects of choosing a convertible are self-explanatory, whether you should choose a soft, hardtop, or targa might not be as clear. Here are the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you decide which open-air system is best for you:

Soft-top Convertible Soft-top convertibles take up less room when they are folded down, which allows for more cargo space. They also typically take less time to retract and offer a lower center of gravity and lighter weight. Because hardtops have more mechanical and electrical components, they are often more expensive than their soft-top counterparts.

Hardtop Convertible Hardtop convertibles, also called "retractable hardtops", are both quieter at high speeds and more weather-resistant, which is important to keep in mind if you don’t have a garage or if you reside in a colder climate. With a roofline nearly identical to their coupe counterparts, they are also safer in the event of an accident and are less prone to requiring a replacement top as they age, though their complex roof mechanisms can require expensive repair work if a problem develops.

Targa Roof While not technically a convertible, target roofs offer nearly the same open-air effect by providing a large roof panel that can be removed while the rear roof pillar (or "b-pillar") remains in place. These panels can often be stored in a pre-determined location within the cabin or cargo area. Unlike most modern convertibles with a power-operated top, this is usually a manual process that may require two people.

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If your preferred driving experience includes drop-top styling and wind in your hair, a convertible might be the ideal car for you. While all convertibles share the ability to retract their roofs, there are a lot of variables to consider before choosing the best convertible for you. For example, you could have a hardtop, soft-top, or targa-style roof. You could pick a foreign "spyder" or "cabriolet" (common European terms for convertibles) or stick with a domestic model, sporting either a mainstream or luxury nameplate based on your budget.

You might want front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, depending on your local climate. And while automatic transmissions have become dominant in today's new car market, even in the convertible segment, you can still get a manual transmission in several convertible versions of popular new and used models. Engine choices range from fuel-efficient four-cylinders to turbo (or even twin-turbo) powertrains with supercar-like performance. With regard to space and seating capacity, your convertible preferences can span from an intimate two-seater sports car (or roadster) to a more spacious cabin with a back seat and room for four.

Be certain to consider all of these factors when identifying the right convertible for your motoring needs. Because this list focuses on mainstream open-top cars, with mainstream price ranges, you won't find luxury convertibles from brands like Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Porsche on this list. Check out our Best Luxury Convertibles list to view those models.

Finally, we haven't rated exotic or supercar models from companies like Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, or McLaren, but you can find those brands in our vehicle listings.

Soft-Top Vs. Hardtop Vs. Targa:

While most aspects of choosing a convertible are self-explanatory, whether you should choose a soft, hardtop, or targa might not be as clear. Here are the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you decide which open-air system is best for you:

Soft-top Convertible Soft-top convertibles take up less room when they are folded down, which allows for more cargo space. They also typically take less time to retract and offer a lower center of gravity and lighter weight. Because hardtops have more mechanical and electrical components, they are often more expensive than their soft-top counterparts.

Hardtop Convertible Hardtop convertibles, also called "retractable hardtops", are both quieter at high speeds and more weather-resistant, which is important to keep in mind if you don’t have a garage or if you reside in a colder climate. With a roofline nearly identical to their coupe counterparts, they are also safer in the event of an accident and are less prone to requiring a replacement top as they age, though their complex roof mechanisms can require expensive repair work if a problem develops.

Targa Roof While not technically a convertible, target roofs offer nearly the same open-air effect by providing a large roof panel that can be removed while the rear roof pillar (or "b-pillar") remains in place. These panels can often be stored in a pre-determined location within the cabin or cargo area. Unlike most modern convertibles with a power-operated top, this is usually a manual process that may require two people.

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7.9 / 10
  • Reliability 8.6 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.2 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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7.7 / 10
  • Reliability 8.5 / 10
  • Value Retention 6.9 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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7.5 / 10
  • Reliability 8.0 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.0 / 10
  • Safety 10.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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7.3 / 10
  • Reliability 7.6 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.0 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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6.7 / 10
  • Reliability 6.3 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.1 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 6.9 / 10
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iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 6.9 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 6.8 / 10
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iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
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  • Value Retention 6.8 / 10
  • Safety Not Available

How We Rank These Cars

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on the latest research by our data science team and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

We analyze data from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with the NHTSA's Safety Ratings to give you an unbiased guide to the best vehicles in each segment.

After being evaluated, vehicles with the highest average scores earn a spot in the iSeeCars Best Car Rankings. (No final score is given to vehicles missing a score in any of the categories, but scores for other categories are still shown.)

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).