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Top Picks for Sun Lovers

Whether golfing, hitting the beach or just taking a road trip, sun lovers are always looking to get a tan while behind the wheel. We considered anything with a removable top, be it convertibles or even soft-top SUVs. We looked at open-air appeal and playful road manners, as well as interior and exterior styling. Because many of these cars are not crash-tested, they are not drawn from our list of Best Bets.

 Best New Car for Sun Lovers
2014 Porsche Boxster
Starting MSRP $51,395

Most automakers believe open-air motoring is for "casual" drivers. No one told Porsche. Though it's not inexpensive, the Boxster is affordable, for a Porsche, and with the name comes terrific performance in a ragtop with the structural rigidity that few convertibles provide. Not just a performer, the car has adequate room for adults in its two seats, admirable quietness with the top raised, plus surprising cargo capacity in its front trunk. If you're the casual sort, choose the modest base engine. Want more fun with your sun? The Boxster S is the way to go.
   
 
 Best Deal for Sun Lovers
2014 Mazda Miata MX-5
Starting MSRP $24,515

Among our recommended models for sun lovers this year, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most affordable. The longtime favorite Miata was our winner last year and reappears for many of the reasons the Porsche Boxster is now our top pick: It combines open-air fun with performance and driving character like no other model. Rear-wheel drive, responsive steering and excellent balance earned it the go-kart description long before other brands started throwing the term around. The most-raced nameplate in the world, the Miata also plays the convertible role well, with a choice of manual cloth or fast-acting power-retractable tops.
   
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Suggestions for Sun Lovers
2014 Audi TT Roadster  Recommended for Sun Lovers Audi TT Roadster (2014)
Starting MSRP $43,795

The unmistakable Audi TT roadster is no less distinctive in convertible form. In addition to good handling, its standard all-wheel drive makes it a surprisingly viable, if not ideal, four-season convertible in snowy regions. Great highway mileage is an added bonus.
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2014 Audi A5  Recommended for Sun Lovers Audi A5 (2014)
Starting MSRP $45,395

The Audi A5 Cabriolet appeals to sun lovers who want luxury with the utility of a trunk and a small but usable backseat. More touring car than sports car, the A5 Cab has a respectable 220 horsepower and front- or all-wheel drive.
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2014 Audi R8 Spyder  Recommended for Sun Lovers Audi R8 Spyder (2014)
Starting MSRP $129,650

The ultimate expression of Audi's obvious commitment to sun-loving is the R8 Spyder, which is every bit as gorgeous as the R8 coupe. Choose V-8 or V-10, manual or automatic. If it's good enough for Tony Stark, it's good enough for you!

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2014 BMW Z4  Recommended for Sun Lovers BMW Z4 (2014)
Starting MSRP $49,875

This only honoree that comes solely as a retractable hardtop, the BMW Z4 does double-duty as a convertible and a tidy coupe. The six-cylinder offers up to 335 hp, but the four-cylinder provides plenty of fun and gets 34 mpg highway.
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2014 Ford Mustang  Recommended for Sun Lovers Ford Mustang (2014)
Starting MSRP $27,995

The Ford Mustang convertible combines roominess with style and surprisingly refined sportiness. You can even get a manual transmission, which is disturbingly rare among droptops. The Mustang is consistently one of the best-selling convertibles in the U.S., and it's no wonder.
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2014 Jaguar XK  Recommended for Sun Lovers Jaguar XK (2014)
Starting MSRP $85,895

A longtime Cars.com favorite, the Jaguar XK combines good looks with unexpected lightness and athleticism. The lush four-seat tourer boasts up to 550 hp in the XKR-S version. A V-8 growl makes all versions sound as good as they look.
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2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG  Recommended for Sun Lovers Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (2014)
Starting MSRP $211,025

The SLS AMG model is Mercedes-Benz's strongest performer. If you're not hearing the 538-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 clearly enough under the coupe's classic gull-wing doors, you might have to kick in an additional $6,500 for the roadster version — a very cool $211,025, including a gas-guzzler tax and the destination fee.
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2014 Porsche 911  Recommended for Sun Lovers Porsche 911 (2014)
Starting MSRP $97,195

The legendary Porsche 911 is one of the best sports cars in the world. Does anyone really deserve to have this car — and a convertible top, too? Despite a weight penalty, the 911 Cabriolet gives up little of the coupe's vaunted performance.
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