2012 Volkswagen Eos
Starting price: $34,350
Top: Automatic retractable hard top
MPG: 22 city, 30 highway, 25 combined
Combining 30 mpg efficiency, room for four and a hardtop convertible top that also features a big, wide sunroof, Kelley Blue Book counts the Eos among the most flexible open-air road trip cars available.
Volkswagen just loves pouring standard features into cars across its various lines, which is why the EOS and the Sportwagen are treated like Audis when it comes to perks. The Eos comes with front and rear LED lights standard, with retina-searing xenon headlights thrown in for good measure. Inside, the Eos gives away leather seats, dual climate control, heated seats, touchscreen sound system, satellite and HD Radio and Bluetooth connectivity, all with the price of admission.
It doesn't skimp under the hood, either. The same 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower engine is available in all models and gives this drop-top a whole lot of punch for a plaything. Unfortunately, the Eos doesn't leave room for much else. The nine cubic foot trunk is already down to Fiat proportions, but drop the top and your trunk space shrinks to five cubic feet. Pack light.