Most Comfortable Convertibles

Rachel Smith
June 2, 2011
Most Comfortable Convertibles

Convertibles aren’t family cars. Nearly all have two doors and most have 10 cubic feet or less of trunk space. The rear seats tend not to be roomy. However, there are enough convertibles on the market that you can find some that are comfortable enough for you and your passengers, provided you don’t expect a huge back seat.

Seating for two or four

If you need a car that can seat five comfortably, shop sedans, wagons or SUVs. Most convertibles only seat two to four people, and their back seats tend to be cramped. For example, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and the Ford Mustang Convertible seat four, but think twice about putting adults in the back seat.

At best, rear seats will be comfortable for children and shorter adults, and only for short trips. In many cases, the back row is ideal for luggage that can’t fit into a convertible’s small trunk. Before heading to the dealership, research interior space and look at the amounts of leg, head and shoulder room that different convertibles offer.

Is the driver comfortable?

Whether or not you have passengers, you, the driver, still need to be comfortable. At the dealership, hop in the front seat to see if there’s enough head space with the top up. Check to make sure the seats are comfortable and there’s enough legroom. Test the front passenger seat too. If you’re looking at sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette or Ford Mustang, make sure your knees don’t bump the glove compartment or center console. These low riders are sporty, but squat seating can lead to an uncomfortable ride for many drivers accustomed to a standard, upright seating position. Their low ride height can also make entry and exit difficult.

Easy-to-use interior features can make driving more pleasant and more comfortable. Check for features like steering wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth connectivity and power seats. These options make it easier to keep your eyes on the road, especially when you’re zooming along on a scenic drive.

Are the passengers comfortable?

If you’re planning on buying a four-seat convertible, hop in the back seat and ask your family members to climb in. Assess the amount of head, leg and shoulder room that is available with the top up and down. You may find that convertibles have very little headroom in the back when the top is up. Most convertibles have tight backseats. But if you plan to have passengers in the back seat, it’s important to test the space back there when the front seats are configured for your normal driving position. If you’re looking to keep the back seat passengers happy, or at least limit their misery, consider the Volvo C70 and Audi A5 Cabriolet. These two convertibles have some of the most comfortable rear seats in the class.

How much cargo space do I need?

Don’t expect most convertibles to offer 15 cubic feet of trunk space, as you could expect in many fixed-roof cars. Ten cubic feet is a more realistic number. The Volvo C70 has one of the largest trunks in the class at 12.8 cubic feet. To find more cargo room in a convertible, you’ll need to be creative. The Mini Cooper Convertible has a large maximum cargo capacity because its rear seats fold to create 23.3 cubic feet of space. But with the rear seats in use, the trunk capacity is small at only six cubic feet. As a convertible SUV, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited stands out for its unique design that offers a maximum of 86.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded and a still-impressive 46.4 cubic feet with the rear seats in use.

It’s important to have a sufficient amount of trunk space, especially if two people will sit in the back or if you’re planning on taking the car on a longer trip. If the trunk is full and you’re forced to squeeze both luggage and people in the back row, the trip will be uncomfortable for those passengers, and probably for you.

Comfortable Convertibles

Volvo C70

Audi A5 Cabriolet

Mini Cooper Convertible

Nissan 370Z Roadster

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