Cruisin' Convertibles

Convertible cars are experiencing quick a comeback, more than 300 thousand were sold last year alone.

Consumer Reports just looked at six new convertibles to see what they have to offer.

Convertibles are great for letting the top down and hitting the road.

With the sales of convertibles reaching an all-time high last year, car makers are offering them on more and more vehicles.

Consumer reports just tested six new ones.

The first three, the Mini, the VW Beetle, and the PT Cruiser, are retro styled and very sporty.

The Mini Cooper is the sportiest of the bunch, and testers found it's really fun to drive. Consumer Reports says it's got great horsepower and handling.

The PT Cruiser offers quick acceleration when the turbo engine kicks in.

If you want an even roomier ride, consumer reports also tested mainstream mid sized convertibles, the Toyota Solara, the Chrysler Sebring, and the Ford Mustang.

As for the Chrysler Sebrng, it's quiet and comfortable while cruising along the highway. But it does have some drawbacks.

The Ford Mustang also has some drawbacks, like a stiff ride. But it has quick acceleration and its looks are reminiscent of the first Mustang, which people find hard to resist.

The Solara from Toyota stood out with responsive handling and a smooth, refined v6 engine.

Any of these vehicles will let you feel the breeze through your hair, while driving the speed limit of course.

Consumer Reports says prices for these convertibles start at around $28,000 for the Beetle and go up to $33,000 for the Chrysler Sebring.


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