Summer sampler: Ups and downs of convertibles

We sample eight cars with good, and some not so good, removable tops.

Volkswagen Eos
Volkswagen Eos
The car: A small four-seater with the power, sophisticated ride and sharp handling one expects from a European car. The complex, glass-paneled top makes the Eos somewhat heavy, though, which blunts the thrills despite a gutsy turbocharged engine.

The cost: About $28,000 to start

The top: The Eos offers one feature that, until now, has been absent from convertibles: an actual sunroof. A large glass panel can move back while the rest of the roof stays in place.

The back seats on the EOS, while not huge, are surprisingly comfy for a convertible. Trunk space is good, too.


Continental

C70

Eos

G6

Sky

Cooper

Miata

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