I find it amazing how many reviews of convertibles don't really compare all the features with convertibles. As someone who has owned many convertibles over the years I can tell you what every converti...
I find it amazing how many reviews of convertibles don't really compare all the features with convertibles. As someone who has owned many convertibles over the years I can tell you what every convertible owner knows - a convertible is a compromise in some features in order to gain the bliss of a warm night cruising with the top down under the stars.
Here are the compromises implicit in ALL convertibles:
- Less trunk space than comparable cars - and for the most part downright small.
- More expensive than the comparable car
- Heavier than the comparable car
- Wind noise and squeaks are generally worse than the comparable car.
These compromises hold for every convertible I have ever rented, owned or driven at every level - including super premium.
Thus, I just traded in my 2012 EOS after 3 years for a 2014. Here is how it compares to a few other models.
The BMW 1 is smaller, and (imo) uglier. Further, the BMW 1 charges more for options that are standard on the EOS (like Navigation). I have not driven the BMW1, though my sister has the 2011 BMW 3 convertible and I have driven that extensively. Handling and acceleration in the BMW 3 are better, but you can't touch it comparably equipped (and after negotiating) for less than $12K more than the EOS. Likewise the Audi A5, which has, in my experience, worse acceleration and very similar ride and handling to the EOS is also at least $9-12K more than the EOS. The interior of the A5, imo, is much nicer than the EOS and it has more room in the trunk due to the soft-top convertible rather than the EOS hard top. The Chysler, rental 200 convertible, is cheaper than the EOS and drives like it. While bigger, the handling and ride are significantly worse and in any case it will be discontinued. I would have considered a Ford Mustang. It is comparably priced and has better acceleration and very different handling. The Mustang has a heavier feel and feels like it can be thrown around a lot more than the EOS, though the ride is definitely not as smooth or composed. IMO it has a significantly uglier interior, and the back seat in the EOS readily fits my kids quite comfortably and that is definitely not the case in the Mustang convertible. My kids were already complaining on the test drive! Forget about putting an adult in that back seat.
The Mini convertible is just that - a very mini experience. While it handles great and gets awesome gas mileage, I couldn't see driving a long distance in that car and I found it quite uncomfortable on the 30 mile trip I took two weekends ago. The ride in the Mini is also significantly more bumpy and jolting over bumps than the EOS. The EOS really does have a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. I just traded my 2012 in, as mentioned and I never, in 3 years, had a single problem with the top leaking or with anything else in the car. It is an unusual price point, cheaper than the Lexus, BMW, Audi or Infiniti convertibles, but more expensive than the Mini or the Beetle. I think it is worth the extra money over the mini if you are going to be spending a lot of time in it - it is way more comfortable. The hard top really does add to a much quieter experience. At the price range (I negotiated a 2014 Komfort from about $37, 500 down to $32,800 and they gave me a good trade- in value ($20,500 for a 2012 with 31K miles). You won't come close to touching an Audi or BMW for that price. I haven't driven the Camaro. But if you don't need the backseat and are willing to live with the worse gas mileage I think the best other option is the Ford Mustang in this price range.