Roofless Marvels: The Ultimate Guide to the Best & Worst Convertible Car

What separates the best convertible cars from the worst include factors ranging from style and reliability to performance and safety. Even some of the priciest models can fail to live up to the hype. The best convertible cars meet or exceed the buyers’ expectations, while the worst fall by the wayside.  

Worst: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser

The original PT Cruiser offered little for buyers to get excited about with its odd retro design and even stranger color options like dark plum and electric blue. Its conversion to a soft top didn’t improve its aesthetics.

Best: 1955 Chevrolet Corvette

By 1955, the Chevrolet Corvette had been on the market for a few years, tearing up the roads like a pure sports car should. The 1955 model changed the game when General Motors (GM) replaced the V6 engine with a much more powerful V8.

Worst: 1995 Suzuki X-90

It’s perfectly understandable if buyers eyed the Suzuki X-90 with more than a bit of confusion. It looked like an unsuccessful hybrid between a pickup truck, a sports utility vehicle (SUV), and a convertible car.

Best: 1955 Ford Thunderbird

The 1950s were the era of the sports car, and Ford’s entry into that niche market, the 1955 Thunderbird convertible, hit all the marks.

Worst: 2011 Lexus IS-C

Lexus has a well-deserved reputation for beautifully designed, stylish luxury vehicles with impeccable lines. That formula for near-perfection certainly wasn’t followed during the design process of the 2011 Lexus IS convertible.

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