New York State has some beautiful places to go for a drive in a convertible. In this edition of Car Coach, Lauren Fix takes a look at three reasonably priced convertibles that you might consider for your next vehicle.

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible offers updated yet iconic styling, an upscale interior and a wide variety of powertrains. The powerful turbo or fuel-efficient diesel engines options are well made with lots of features. Prices start at $24,995. The VW Bug convertible is a top choice for anyone who like to drive with the wind in your hair.

The 2013 Mini Cooper convertible has British character and German engineering that is a blast to drive. It feels something like a go-kart. The Mini offers sharp handling, high fuel economy, excellent all-around performance, endearing retro styling, an innovative convertible roof and is highly customizable. Prices start at $25,150. The Mini Cooper is a great pick for a small coupe or convertible.

The 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible is a fun roadster that makes you feel as though you bought a sports car but avoided the price tag. With equal parts fun and refinement in a compact and affordable package, the Miata MX-5 is fun to drive all year long. It offers precise steering and handling, smartly designed soft and hard tops. It also offers low operating costs and a low starting price at $23,720. The Mazda Miata MX-5 is a tight handling car that’s offered as a sport model or in touring trim.

Convertibles range in size from two-seat roadsters to larger four-seat luxury models. The more you spend, the more luxury you can enjoy while out and about.

If you are concerned about being cold or slicking your hair down, many convertibles now provide wind deflectors that are placed behind the front seats to help keep turbulence down to a minimum while driving with the top down. Some even double as the roof’s rear window. Almost all convertibles offer optional heated seats.

Convertibles are usually associated with the summer months, however now there are some amazing convertibles that can be driven year round. You can still have fun and keep your gasoline costs in check too.

Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking for to ensure you find the car that is best for you.

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Aired: 6/27/2013

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