BMW 2 Series

Say the words “luxury car” and BMW springs to the front of your mind. The 2 Series is the entry-level luxury car, but make no mistake – it’s all BMW. For under $50,000, you can drive either the 230i with xDrive or the M240i sDrive (no AWD). It could be a tough choice.


The 230i has 248 horsepower from its 2.0-liter engine, while the free-spirited M240i has 335 horsepower from a turbocharged 3.0-liter. It’s fun to drive, yes, but what about the luxury? Slick leather, paddle shifters, navigation with a massive dash-topping screen. It’s all there.

Audi A5 Cabriolet

The 2018 Audi A5 is all about the finer details. The 2.0-liter TFSI engine with 252 horsepower is enjoyable with a 0-to-60 time at 6 seconds flat. But it’s all the other stuff that really stands out. The top can be dropped at up to 31 mph without ripping off.

It can be equipped with Audi’s virtual cockpit cluster, a 12.3-inch in-dash display. The A5 looks and drives better than most, and it should. The base price tag toes the $50,000-mark. Any add-ons will put you over.

Chevrolet Camaro

If you simply want to go fast in a convertible, there’s no better choice than the Chevy Camaro. For under $50,000, you can get the base 2.0-liter convertible at $32,900 or the SS trim and stay within budget. Go Camaro SS – you won’t be disappointed.


It’s dressed nicely inside with leather surfaces and a decent MyLink infotainment system. But who really cares about all that jazz when you unleash the fury from your 6.2-liter, 455-horsepower V8? You’ll scoot to 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds flat.

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