Coolest cars for summer: Convertibles

No talk about cars for summer can be complete without some convertibles.

The decline of the convertible has often been lamented, but there are actually quite a few drop-top options out there.

Our favorites for summer fun include the Mazda Miata and a pair of Jeeps.

The Miata is cramped and impractical, but nonetheless one of our favorite cars that we’ve driven.

With its nimble steering and available manual transmission, it offers a level of driver engagement that few cars can these days.

Cup holders are an added-on afterthought — more proof of this car’s no-nonsense mission.

Drivers looking for summer fun in this two-seater can opt for the traditional soft top or a retractable hardtop.

The Miata starts at $27,525, including delivery.

Though the Jeep Wrangler can slog through winter with the best of them, its convertible top, along with its removable doors and drop-down windshield, make it a perfect machine for summer trips to the beach or mountains.

Though its off-road ability is unmatched, drivers do have to get used to vague and clumsy steering on pavement.

The Wrangler starts at $33,290, including delivery.

Those looking for a convertible with a pickup bed now have an option in the Jeep Gladiator.

Though it shares much with the Wrangler, Jeep insists the Gladiator is the result of extensive engineering to make it a competitive pickup. The changes create a Wrangler with a bit more practicality built in, thanks to its added hauling and towing abilities.

It also features tricks such as rear under-seat storage and an available detachable Bluetooth speaker.

The Gladiator has a starting price of $35,040, including delivery, although current promotions push that price just below the $32,000 mark.

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