5 Weird Convertibles for Spring

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible;

CARS.COM — There are bad convertibles, but then there are just plain weird ones — and maybe a mix of both. It's springtime and we just wrapped up testing the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque convertible that's part SUV, part convertible and 100 percent head-turner. In the spirit of springtime and us testing the Evoque convertible, here are five convertibles that cross into the realm of weird by not starting life as a coupe.

Related: 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible Review: Quick Spin

2003 Chevrolet SSR;

2003 Chevrolet SSR

Chevrolet's SSR (Super Sport Roadster) looked like a concept car when it debuted as a 2003 model, and it still does today. It had a retractable hardtop, truck bed and 20-inch rear wheels. Chevrolet upped the cool factor in 2005 by replacing the 300-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with a 390-hp, 6.0-liter V-8, and added a six-speed manual transmission option; the SSR is the very definition of "WTF."

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet;

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Perhaps most closely related in style (not styling, but being a crossover-SUV-based convertible) is the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet that took a very good SUV and turned it into a very weird convertible. Weird isn't bad, though, and the CrossCabriolet offered all-wheel drive in a perfectly comfortable crossover SUV with enough room for four adults plus a retractable soft-top — not to mention a lifelong conversation starter.

 

1989 Dodge Dakota Convertible;

1989 Dodge Dakota Convertible

Surprisingly, the SSR isn't the only pickup truck convertible made in the last 30 years. Dodge introduced a droptop version of its Dakota mid-size pickup truck in 1989 with a retractable soft-top and single rollbar over the passenger compartment; looking back, maybe it wasn't the safest choice. In a Chicago Tribune review of the truck published in 1989 available on Cars.com, automotive journalist Jim Mateja writes: "Weird? To be sure. Fun? No doubt about it."

He continues: "But a convertible top adds a new dimension. If the truck owner can expose the cargo in the rear bed, why not expose his or her dome in the passenger compartment."

2017 Jeep Wrangler;

2017 Jeep Wrangler

We couldn't leave out the quintessential roofless off-roader. It's amazing that Jeep still makes a vehicle with a removable roof, doors and no side airbags. The Wrangler's short wheelbase and knobby tires make for a sketchy ride quality that isn't for everyone, but it remains exhilarating to drive sans doors and roof. Well, except when it's time to reinstall the standard soft-top, which takes practice and patience.

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible;

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Last, but certainly not the shortest-named, is the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible. The Evoque is without a doubt the most luxury-oriented of the group. No-roof utility vehicles are nothing new to Land Rover, nor Jeep, with their brands originating as four-wheel-drive vehicles with no tops. They've certainly come a long way, and the new Evoque convertible has signature off-road capabilities as well as a power-retractable acoustic insulated roof, climate-controlled seats, heated steering wheel and huge 10.2-inch touchscreen.

1966 Ford Bronco;

Honorable mention: 1966 Ford Bronco

Some consider the Bronco to be Ford's first SUV, debuting in 1966 and available in three body styles: pickup, wagon and, for a limited time, roadster with removable roof and doors (or half-door inserts). If you haven't heard, the Bronco is scheduled to return in 2020, so we must ask: Will it have a removable roof like its predecessor? Stay tuned to our Bronco news here to find out.

 

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