Pragmatic & Comfortable Convertible
March 11, 2012
I'd been in the market for a mid-luxury convertible for a couple of years: Audi TT & A5, BMW 3, Lexus IS 250. Something always kept me from buying. Convertibles are designed & marketed to men; emphasis on mountain road-hugging performance and exterior sexiness. Missing: storage, practicality and comfort. My salary is extremely good yet was treated condescendingly and worse in those dealerships as well. The reaction from people I know to my car is pretty straight down gender lines: the women (who have never heard of it, why Nissan?) absolutely love it and squeal on sight, the men say 'why'? Because I don't feel like I'm driving a tin can that will be smashed if in an accident, it's as comfortable and feature rich as any hardtop I'd purchase, my family sits comfortably in the back and there is room for hubby and I to stash enough luggage for a weekend away (with the dog in the back too). A friend who has owned several convertibles said it's the best design she's experienced for a comfortable conversation with the top down amongst four people front and back -- no yelling required. The car isn't selling well so I was able to negotiate a great deal and two of the three Nissan dealerships I dealt with treated me very well. They need to market to moms who are bummed they don't have the fun car and just other women -- we tend to be more pragmatic, even when we want to have fun. With a V6 its for sure a gas guzzler, and it's not for performance and turning thrills but gets on the freeway and around traffic easily.