Most of us think of convertibles as warm-weather vehicles, not something we’d want to cruise around when the temperatures drop (at least not with the top down). But the best part of a leisurely drive during autumn is seeing the fall foliage all around. There’s no better vehicle to witness nature changing colors than one of the best convertibles on the market. The open-air car gives you unobstructed views that that traditional automobiles can’t compete with. And trust us, feeling the crisp air on your face can be soothing.
Whether it’s because of their off-road capabilities, luxurious interiors or useful technology, these are the best convertibles to drive during your next leaf-peeping road trip.
MINI Cooper Convertible
The MINI Cooper features technology that can be very helpful during a leaf-peeping ride. First is a head-up display that projects essential driving info (speed, navigation instructions) onto the windshield and in the driver’s line of sight. This will help ensure you don’t have to constantly look down and miss the changing colors all around you. The Cooper also comes with a rain warner app that checks the forecast in your area. It warns you if rain appears imminent so you can put the top up and stay dry.
But the best thing about the MINI Cooper may just be its cost. With a price tag starting below $28,000, it’s one of the most affordable cars around.
The Jeep Wrangler isn’t your typical convertible but a leaf peeping excursion isn’t your typical convertible joy ride.
The Wrangler’s best quality when it comes it fall foliage viewing is its customizable roof. Drivers can choose between the standard, easy-to-lower soft-top roof; a removable hard top; and one-touch power top. You can even lower the windshield to feel the cool autumn air.
Of course, any Jeep is well equipped to go wherever the road should take you. The 2020 Wrangler is Trail Rated, meaning it passed a series of tests in tough terrain, harsh conditions and inclement weather. Should the alluring colors lead you off the beaten path, you’ll be well prepared.
Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
You won’t be able to bring the whole family along, or much cargo at all, but if you’re just going for a scenic drive, there are few cars more enjoyable than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. Not many cars offer the exceptional handling of the Miata and the vehicle has just enough engine power to remind you you’re in a sports car.
The rigid hardtop retracts into the trunk in just 13 seconds, so you’ll be off on your trip before another leaf can float to ground. If you enjoy the wind in your hair but not rattling your eardrums, you’re in luck. The MX-5’s nine-speaker premium sound system is specifically tuned and oriented for the convertible’s cabin. It delivers pitch-perfect acoustics, even with the top down.
You can never go wrong with a classic. There’s a reason the Mustang has been so popular for more than five decades: it does just about everything right.
The legendary muscle car’s engine is fast but works at a respectable mpg, its handling makes it easy to drive, and as always, features an eye-catching style that makes it look, well, very cool. The fall foliage may just be the second best-looking thing on this trip.
If it’s pure luxury you’re after, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better convertible than the Mercedes-AMG E-Class. The car’s exquisite cabin oozes elegance. It features a host of options, such as massaging seats, that will make you hope the ride never ends.
And if you thought the E-Class was all looks and no substance, think again. It has one of the smoothest engines on the market that just so happens to carry plenty of kick. This is a car that performs just as well driving up a mountainside as it does cruising down a city street.
The new Jeep Wagoneer is not a convertible. It’s also not currently available for purchase, so we’ll call this a bonus outlier pick. Although production of the now-concept car won’t begin until next year, we needed to add it to best fall foliage cars for one reason: it’s roof.
The Wagoneer features a full-pane glass roof that extends the full length of the car’s interior, giving everyone in the cabin a front-row view of the foliage above. The interior features three rows of passengers, meaning the entire family can come along for the ride.
So, what do you think? Now that you know some of the best convertible cars, which would you choose for your foliage excursions?
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