USED CARS: 10 Used Convertibles for Under $8500

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convertibleI don’t know from whence you hail but in the Southeastern United States spring is in the air. That means sweet flowering trees, lots of sunshine, much warmer temperatures, and long cruises with the top down in your sporty convertible. What? You don’t have a convertible? Well, now is the time to take advantage of used car websites like to find the absolute best deal on your rolling therapy device. Drivers who choose to arrive in style (with the top down in their convertible) do so with reduced stress, a clearer head, and quite possibly a renewed sense of ambition.

2006 Mazda Miata

Despite having only two seats, this little convertible packs a big punch. The 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine peaks at 6700 RPMs providing decent acceleration when backed by the seven-speed manual transmission. You can expect a leather wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry, cruise control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, power door locks, foglamps, air conditioning, 17-inch wheels, and a leather shifter knob as standard equipment in this rear-wheel drive convertible.

2007 Pontiac G6 GT

The G6 convertible is a 2+2 seater propelled by one (of two) V6 engines. The standard engine is a 3.5-liter that produces 224-horsepower and 220 lb.-ft. of torque. An optional 3.9-liter V6 is also available and it is capable of making 240-horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard on the front-wheel drive convertible coupe but a six-speed manual ia also available. This drop-top in GT trim delivers an eight-speaker Monsoon audio system, leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, foglamps, a rear spoiler, chrome wheels, and a sport tuned suspension.

2008 Audi A4 2.0T

If you haven’t driven an Audi lately, then you haven’t driven an Audi. The A4 convertible is equipped with firm yet supple seating, sunroof, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a six-disc CD player/changer, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 10-speaker audio system, and a power adjustable driver seat. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) are standard equipment for the A4 convertible in 2.0T trim. Many other stand alone and package options are available on this German sports convertible cabriolet, depending upon you particular requirements.

2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE

The Camry name says a mouthful about this economical drop-top. It features a 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 210-horsepower and 220 lb.-ft. of torque combined with a five-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. Leather upholstery, power adjustable heated front seats, woodgrain interior accents, automatic climate control, and a JBL audio system with Bluetooth connectivity can be expected when considering the Solara SLE convertible.

2007 Ford Mustang V6 Premium

This retro-sports convertible offers the nostalgia of the past combined with modern technology and equipment. The rear-wheel drive pony car is equipped with a 210-horsepower V6 and can be mated with your choice of either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. An optional Pony Package adds a firmer suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, ABS brakes, foglamps, and a special grille in addition to standard trim which includes a Shaker 500 audio system with CD player/changer, and a power driver seat.

2007 Mini Cooper

Although the Cooper convertible manages to extract only 116-horsepower from its 1.6-liter engine, it is loads of fun to drive when equipped with the standard five-speed manual gearbox (far less when outfitted with the CVT). This British bombshell features air conditioning with a micron filtration system, leatherette upholstery, a tire pressure monitoring system, a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, full power accessories, tilt steering column, and rear parking sensors as standard equipment.

2008 Chrysler Sebring Touring

The standard equipment engine for this sporty convertible is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder that may be upgraded to a 189-horsepower 2.7-liter V6 in this trim level. Both engines are backed by a four-speed automatic transmission. An upgraded cloth upholstery configuration, six-speaker audio system, 17-inch wheels, full power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, tilting and telescoping steering column, and a 60/40 split rear bench seat are listed as standard equipment. A vinyl soft top is also standard equipment with a power retractable hard top offered as an option.

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT

The ’07 Spyder GT boasts a 260-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine bolted to either a six-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic transmission (with sequential Shiftronic mode). Standard equipment includes a sport tuned suspension system, a premium Rockfor Fosgate 9-speaker audio system with a subwoofer and six-disc CD player/changer, a dash-mounted compass and ambient temperature display, power windows and door locks, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, and a soft top with glass window.

2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser

For consumers that desire a little more space inside of their convertible, the PT Cruiser offers the emotional driving experience of a convertible combined with the convenience of an SUV. Depending upon trim level, the PT Cruiser offers several different variations of the Mitsubishi 2.4-liter engine. Entry trim level cars come with a 150-horsepower variant, mid-level Touring and Limited cars are outfitted with a turbocharged versio that produces 180-horsepower, and the GT trim level offers a tuned version that makes 230-horsepower. All trim levels except the GT come with only a four-speed automatic transmission. GT trim offers your choice of either the four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.

2008 Smart ForTwo Passion

This tiny, 2-seater, rear-wheel drive convertible is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that churns out 71-horsepower. It is backed by a five-speed automanual transmission that is shifted via console-mounted stick (with no clutch). Expect to find power steering, air conditioning, power accessories, 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, leather wrapped steering wheel, electric rear window defogger, sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, power heated sideview mirrors, a six-disc CD player/changer, a manually operated canvas top, and leather trimmed upholstery.


S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.