Ford (F - Get Report), Nissan (NSANY) and Audi unveiled convertible sports cars that cost a little more than $30,000, hoping that consumers will pay just a bit more for luxury in a battered economy. German carmaker Porsche introduced a more powerful Boxster that can be had for less than $60,000, a bargain when you consider it's almost as fast as the flagship 911.
Here are five convertibles guaranteed to make your summer days -- and just about any other day -- unforgettable.
2009 Porsche Boxster S; From $56,700: Now in its second generation, the Boxster re-energized Porsche when it was introduced in the late '90s as a less-expensive alternative to the 911. While the base Boxster, with a 255-horsepower six-cylinder engine, starts at about $10,000 less, the Boxster S, with its 310-hp six, provides a more spirited ride. Both versions feature a mid-engine design, which places the powerplant behind the two-seat cockpit but in front of a small trunk for better balance, handling and responsiveness. Add in a power soft-top that operates at speeds up to 30 mph and a wide range of upscale features, and you have all the makings of a perfect afternoon on the road.
|The Boxster S packs a 310-horsepower six-cylinder engine that's placed behind the car's two seats.|