If you’ve ever owned a convertible, you understand their appeal. In good weather, it’s hard to beat the feeling of the wind in your hair as the sun plays through the branches of the trees overhead. Drive along the coast, and you can smell the sea air; sometimes, you can even taste the salt. At night, few things rival a top-down bast up your favorite road, with nothing but a sky full of stars overhead.
What makes convertibles appealing, however, is also what makes them impractical. Most lack luggage space compared to their coupe equivalents, since the top has to stow somewhere. Cloth or vinyl-top cars are noisy on the highway, and are less than ideal for year-round use. Power retractable hardtop convertibles are expensive and tend to be on the heavy side, which isn’t what you want from a topless sports car. If you want to take your ragtop to a high-performance driving event, some organizations require you to add additional rollover protection, and even simple roll bars can be expensive. Unless you live where the weather’s nice all year long (like Southern California), a convertible is usually just a weekend toy.
That didn’t stop Americans from buying nearly 150,000 convertibles last year, down from a peak of over 300,000 sales in 2006. Which drop-tops are the most popular in the American market this year? Here are the top 10.
1. Chevy Camaro, with 12.4% market share
2. Ford Mustang, with 11.0% market share
3. Mercedes-Benz E Class, with 5.7% market share
4. BMW 328, with 4.7% market share
5. Volkswagen EOS, with 4.6% market share
6. MINI Cooper, with 4.2% market share
7. Mazda MX-5, with 4.2% market share
8. Mitsubishi Eclipse, with 4.1% market share
9. Infiniti G37, with 4.0% market share
10. Volvo C70, with 4.0% market share