$8,200 – $10,735

The Volvo C70 has the distinction among the cars in this list of being the safest; the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a Top Pick designation in its very first round of convertible crash tests. It’s also capable of being driven in all seasons thanks to its retractable hardtop. I’d argue it’s one of the best looking convertibles in this list, too; its profile with the roof raised is gorgeous (you can hardly tell it’s a convertible). The C70 wasn’t a sports car, but it handled well thanks to a platform shared with the hot-handling European Ford Focus and its 225-hp (167-kW) turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine had just enough scoot.

– John Neff