Warm weather is finally here. On freeways, highways, and city streets, convertibles are emerging from their winter slumber. Rather than drooling over every top-down vehicle that drives by, why not get one for yourself? Believe it or not, there are hundreds of affordable convertibles on the market today. It’s Convertible Week at Carsforsale.com, so we’ve picked our top 10 coolest convertibles under $15,000 to help simplify your search for an affordable summer cruiser.
2007 BMW Z4
The 2007 BMW Z4 is sure to make you smile for under $15,000. Powered by a 6-cylinder engine, the Z4 is a true sports car. Its firm suspension, quick acceleration, and confident handling will be thoroughly enjoyed by driving enthusiasts. While the unique design may not resonate with all convertible buyers, this car is sure to stand out on the road.
2010 Ford Mustang Convertible
The iconic 2010 Ford Mustang is one of the newest convertibles under $15,000 on the list. If you want a slick ride at a low price, this is a very cool convertible for the price. It isn’t the most powerful or best handling car on the list, but it’s very affordable, and only 6 years old!
2003 Honda S2000
The Honda S2000 may be old, but this car was ahead of its time. This little roadster has a lot of character. On the outside, this car still looks great after 13 years. Under the hood, this little VTEC 2.0L 4-cylinder engine revs to 9000 RPMs, creating a truly dramatic driving experience. If you’re looking for an affordable open-top roadster that is purely fun to drive, look no further.
2010 Mazda Miata
The Miata has always thrived as one of the cheapest convertibles on the market that still provides a fun driving experience. The 2010 Mazda Miata is a tiny roadster with quick and agile driving character. It’s won’t clock in with the fastest 0-60 time on the market, but it’s hard to beat this car on windy roads. For under $15,000 you can buy a Miata that’s only 6 years old.
2008 Pontiac Solstice
The 2008 Pontiac Solstice is a cool convertible that features a love it or hate it exterior design. From the over-exaggerated Pontiac kidney grille to soft, big headlamps, this car was like nothing Pontiac ever released. The Solstice begs you to drive fast, as it handles tight corners and aggressive driving with ease.
2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK
Did you know you could get a Mercedes for under 15 grand? It’s true. The 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK is one of the coolest convertibles you can get at this price point. This 2-door, 2-seat hardtop convertible is very well-equipped for a 2006 convertible. If you want a car that’s “name brand,” this is the one for you.
2008 BMW 3 Series Convertible
The driver-centric 2008 BMW 3 Series convertible is a 4-seat, 2-door hardtop convertible. The way BMW designed the retractable hard top is incredible. You can see it in action in this old promotional video. This cool convertible offers you a name brand, luxurious design, AND great driving character in 1 affordable package.
2008 Nissan 350Z
The 2008 Nissan 350Z will probably appeal to a younger convertible driver. Powered by a 3.5L V6 engine that produces over 300 hp, the 350Z is all about driving fun. The rev-happy engine, precise handling, and sporty looks work together to create an incredible convertible driving experience.
2004 Porsche Boxster
If you’re looking for convertibles under $15,000, you probably didn’t put Porsche on your radar. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that you can find a 2004 Porsche Boxster for less than 15 grand. While it’s no 911, the Boxster has more than enough power for most drivers. Because Porsche design evolves slowly, this car looks newer than it is. It still possesses that iconic Porsche design we’ve come to know and love after 12 years.
1998 Chevrolet Corvette
If you’re willing to buy an 18 year old car, you can get a Chevy Corvette for less than 15k! Powered by a huge 5.7L V8, there’s plenty of power behind this ride. The Corvette is a timeless sports car, meaning this car is sure to be a sought-after classic in a few years. If you’re willing to care for and maintain an older ride, the ’98 Corvette is one of the coolest convertibles available at this price point.