The Pontiac G6 GT is a throwback--it's a good old-fashioned hot rod convertible, but with a big difference: The updated G6 comes with a modern folding hardtop that opens and closes in half a minute. That produces a weather-tight coupe as well as the top-down beach swinger.
Imagine, if you will, no gas bills . . . forever. As the price of gasoline climbs from $4 per gallon to the stratosphere and your neighbors begin to wince and moan, imagine no more gasoline bills. That is the promise of solar-powered cars, the first of which rolled off the production lines at the French carmaker Venturi in January of this year.
The Miata (minus the MX-5 name addition) has always been snug . . . very snug. Past models couldn't be driven in manual transmission mode by the lanky. Joy is almost reigning supreme with the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The car with the MX-5 tag is a little bit bigger on the inside. And, oh, it now can be had with a power retractable hardtop (PRHT) in addition to the soft-top convertible. That's nice . . . but that the Miata can be driven by the moderately tall without opening the door to accommodate the leg that operates the clutch calls for rejoicing.
A car-based Land Rover sounds like a contradiction in terms. It's not. The LR2 is a car utility vehicle (CUV) that is actually competent off-road.
The "S" in the Audi S4 Cabriolet Quattro MT6 probably stands for "sporty." It could also mean "suave" and it certainly designates "sweet." The Audi convertible is all of those things wrapped in a highly stylish package that comes at a premium price. You don't get sporty, suave and sweet for $15 grand, you know.
How in the world do you get a car to cost more than $100 grand? Easy. Start with a Jaguar XKR with a base price of $92,035. Then you add $5,000 for 20-inch Senta wheels. Another $2,500 for a "luxury package." A premium sound package is another $1,875. Destination tacks on $200 for a grand total of $101,610. And the 2008 Jaguar XKR convertible is worth each and every penny.
Simple facelifts don't cut it in today's sports utility market. Hence the new Chevrolet Equinox Sport. There has to be substantial upgrading for aging vehicles. While in the past a manufacturer might have slapped on a few badges, a new paint job, and moniker, the Equinox Sport takes things a great deal further. It's shorter, more compact -- and more powerful.
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is very pleasant. That's not faint praise. The mid-size sports utility is one of those fairly rare vehicles that you get in and it's easy to drive right off the bat. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is very pleasant. That's not faint praise. The mid-size sports utility is one of those fairly rare vehicles that you get in and it's easy to drive right off the bat. The HiHy is even fun to drive, with decent acceleration and handling. The HiHy is even fun to drive with decent acceleration and handling.
For years Chrysler has turbocharged everything on wheels except the mailroom cart. The Dodge Caliber SRT4 is its latest hotrod.
Once upon a time the Dodge Charger stood brawny shoulder to brawny shoulder with other 1960s-era muscle cars. Most of them remain mourned, but the Charger has been reincarnated as a pulse-pounding, pavement-punishing, politically incorrect blast.
First of all, the Mini Cooper S is not a toy – it's a real car. It's a real sports car. It just looks like something that comes in a box.
BMW makes a very sporty hardtop coupe in its entry 3 Series. By the way, the top comes down, too.
Subaru has often marched to a different, not to say odd, drummer. The Subaru WRX STI continues that beat.
Saturn Sky continues the legacy of storied two-seat convertibles that should carry FTD emblems. They are just plain Fun To Drive.
Two Volkswagen convertibles illustrate perfectly the old and the new technologies in droptops.