Four Convertibles That Were Meant to Keep Their Tops On
With summer hiding just around the corner, the inkling would be to find a drop-top and hit the open road. But before you throw caution to the wind and invest in a convertible, take a look at some of these lackluster cabrios that were meant to keep their tops on. 2011-2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
The CrossCabriolet was Nissan’s answer to a question that never should have been asked, intended to mesh convertible fun with SUV practicality. It didn’t work. Weighing in at 4,435 pounds, it’s certainly not light on its toes, and without a gaping hatchback to pile stuff in; it’s not too capable. Priced at $41,995, we can imagine why they weren’t strong sellers.
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PT Cruiser Convertible
The PT Cruiser is sort of like the beige computer monitor in your office that dates back to 1998. Sure it still works, but you could do so much better. Styling began to look antiquated from the get-go and performance wasn’t exactly awe-inspiring, even despite the GT cabrio’s 2.4L turbocharged engine.
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1982-1988 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible
The LeBaron badge was unquestionably cool when paired with the mid-60s Chrysler Imperial body, but enter the K-body of 1982 and things hit rock bottom. Engine performance was anemic, power was sent to the wrong wheels, and just look at the thing – basically, not a cool car with the top on or off.
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Geo Metro Convertible
The Geo Metro was a fantastic gas-sipper, just not a great convertible. Styling was on point with contemporary ‘90s models – not a great start – and thanks to its miserly 55-hp three-pot engine, you needed three hands to count 0-60 times. Inevitably owners got the last laugh at the pump, and these little used cars made a huge resurgence during the height of the fuel crisis.
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