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Inexpensive Fun in the Sun!

Posted by: James Keefe

Summer is nearly here, and nothing says summer like cruising in a convertible with the wind blowing through your hair. Typically, convertibles can be expensive, but we've made a list of quality yet affordable convertibles to satisfy your summer needs.

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2018 Ford Mustang. MSRP: $25,680 - $55,940
The first car on the list has to be the 2018 Ford Mustang. This powerhouse hot rod is not only one of the quickest drop tops, it's also the bestselling. Engine choices include a 2.3-liter Ecoboost four or a 5.0-liter V8. A 10-speed automatic is standard, but V8 buyers can opt for a do-it-yourself 6-speed manual. Agelessly cool looks, incredible handling all for a great price, who wouldn't want one?

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2018 FIAT 124 Spider, MSRP: $24,995 - $32,295
The number two spot belongs to the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider. This unique car has the looks of an Italian sports car blended with Japanese engineering - thanks to partners at Mazda. Though similar to the MX-5, there is more much more to this car than its cosmetics. The Fiat Spider comes with unique suspension tuning, an exclusive Fiat engine and completely different interior. The Fiat Spider will provide thrills on a twisty road and the top-down, wind-in-your-hair feeling of power and freedom.

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro, MSRP: $25,905 - $67,500
Have a need for sun and speed? The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is the car for you. This car comes with multiple engine options starting off with an efficient 275hp turbo charged 2.0-liter engine, all the way up to a ferocious 650hp supercharged V8 engine. "Many words could be used to describe this legendary performance family, but the only one that captures all of the refinement and engineering know-how that goes into every car -- from the responsive LS to the supercharged ZL1 -- is Camaro". This iconic triple-crown 10-Best winner will have you sitting comfy with the top down on a nice summer day.

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2018 Volkswagen Beetle, MSRP: $20,220 - $32,090
This next spot on the list belongs to the 2018 Volkswagen Beatle. Like it or not, the VW Beetle is an absolute icon. This joy ride is one of the most recognizable cars in the industry with its cool and fun shape. A new 2.0 liter turbo- four engine takes the spot of the old 1.8 liter engine, which makes this car more powerful than ever. The Beetle's combination of size and power feels like a bigger convertible with a small convertible price. No one could a resist a top down summer time spin in this iconic vehicle.

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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, MSRP: $25,295 - $33,825
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the iconic 2-seat sports car. This aerodynamic rear-wheel-drive vehicle is a recipe for driving enjoyment. It is a simple design, and drives with pure bliss. This slick 2-seater has a 155-hp 2.0-liter engine with a six-speed manual stick shift. We couldn't think of a flyer car to drive off into the sunset with than the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible.

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2018 MINI Convertible, MSRP: $27,400 - $34,900
Small but mighty is the best way to describe a 2018 MINI Convertible. This soft top seats four passengers comfortably, and has the exact same design as the hard top MINI. The MINI brand is known for their safety and was awarded the IIHS' Top Safety Pick after getting an excellent score on the crash and headlights test. This car was built for a beautiful summer day joy ride. Fun fact: The MINI Convertible's roof can be retracted all the way down or just halfway, and acts like a sunroof.

These are some great options for a summer time car. There is not a better feeling than cruising with the top down on a hot summer day. We made this list because we feel as if more people need to have a fun summer time car at an affordable price. Stop being jealous of your neighbor's hot rod, and show them up. Summer time is here, so it's time to drop the top.

Find your new convertible on DriveChicago.com today!

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