4-seater Convertibles for kids, under $35,000

4-seater Convertibles for kids, under $35,000

The sunshine and warm weather in the past couple months has everyone thinking of summer. People are starting to imagine themselves on the way to the beach. Is there a better way to get your summer vacation started than breezing down the highway with your kids in a convertible? Imagine your kids in the backseat, head tilted to the sky, sunglasses covering their eyes, hair blowing in the wind, smiles on their faces.

The convertibles below are 4-seaters, also known as 2+2, and they all have child seat anchors. These are all 2012 models, though there are some 2013 models already available. The starting price is under $35,000.

Put the top down, and start your vacation as soon as you leave your driveway.

2012 Chevy Camaro LT Convertible

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2012 Chevy Camaro convertible

The Chevy Camaro Convertible LT delivers 323 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm and 278 ft-lbs. @ 4,800 rpm. The turning radius is 37.7 feet. The fuel economy is 17 city/28 highway miles per gallon with regular gasoline.

The MSRP starting price for the 2012 Chevy Camaro LT convertible is $30,180.

2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible

There are three models of the Chrysler 200 Convertible: the Chrysler 200 Convertible Touring model, 200 Convertible Limited model and the 200 Convertible S model.

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2012 Chrysler 200 convertible

The Chrysler 200 Convertible Touring model is offered with the 2.4-liter I-4 World Gas Engine that produces 173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft. of torque and has an EPA fuel economy rating of 18 city/ 29 highway mpg with an automatic transmission fueled by regular gasoline. The turning radius is 36.5 feet. The starting MSRP is $26,775.

The Chrysler 200 Convertible Limited model is offered with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 flex-fuel engine that produces 283 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm and has a fuel economy rating of 19 city/29 highway miles per gallon on an automatic transmission fueled by regular gasoline. The turning radius is 37.7 feet. The starting MSRP for the Chrysler 200 Convertible Limited is $31,770.

The Chrysler 200 Convertible S model is offered with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 flex-fuel engine that produces 283 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm and has a fuel economy rating of 19 city/29 highway miles per gallon with an automatic transmission. The turning radius is 37.7 feet. The starting MSRP for the Chrysler 200 Convertible S is $32,270.

2012 Fiat 500 Convertible

There are two models of the Fiat convertible with four seats; The Fiat 500 C Pop and the Fiat 500 C Lounge

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2012 Fiat 500 convertible

Both models use the 1.4-liter engine that makes 101-horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque and is attached to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. The 5-speed manual gives you 30 city /38 highway miles per gallon. The 6-speed manual gives you 27 city /32 highway miles per gallon.

The MSRP starting price for the 2012 Fiat 500 C Pop convertible is $19,500

The MSRP starting price for the 2012 Fiat 500 C Lounge convertible is $23,500

2012 Ford Mustang Convertible

There are three models for the kids and you; the 2012 Ford Mustang Convertible V6, the 2012 Ford Mustang Convertible V6 Premium and the 2012 Ford Mustang Convertible GT. The Mustang is a rear-wheel drive that only comes in manual transmission. The turning radius is a svelte 33.4 feet and takes regular gasoline for the 3.7-liter engine and premium gasoline for the 5.0-liter.

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2012 Ford Mustang Convertible

The V6 and the V6 Premium use the 3.7-liter engine that makes 305 horsepower @ 6500 rpm and 280 ft-lbs. @ 4250 rpm. The fuel economy is 19 city/30 highway miles per gallon.

The MSRP starting price for the 2012 Ford Mustang V6 convertible is $27,310. The MSRP starting price for the 2012 Ford Mustang V6 Premium convertible is $31,310

The Ford Mustang Convertible GT uses the 5.0-liter V8 engine that offers 412 horsepower @ 6500 rpm and 390 ft-lbs. @ 4250 rpm. The fuel economy is 16 city/24 highway miles per gallon.

The MSRP starting price for the 2012 Ford Mustang GT convertible is $34,710

2012 MINI Cooper Convertible

There are three models for MINI: 2012 MINI Cooper Base, 2012 MINI Cooper S, and the 2012 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works.

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MINI convertible

All three models use the 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine for each car, and the transmission is manual, but the horsepower and the fuel economy are different for each model. You can opt for an automatic, but add another $1,250.

The turning radius is 35.1 feet and premium fuel is required.

The 2012 MINI Cooper Base engine gets 121horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 114 ft-lbs. @ 4,250 rpm. The MSRP starting price for the 2012 MINI Cooper Base is $24,950. The fuel economy is 27 city/35 highway miles per gallon.

The 2012 MINI Cooper S makes gets 181horsepower @ 5,500 rpm and 177 ft-lbs. @ 1,600 rpm. The MSRP starting price for the 2012 MINI Cooper S is $27,950. The fuel economy is 27 city/36 highway miles per gallon.

The 2012 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works gets 208horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 192 ft-lbs. @ 1,850 rpm. The MSRP starting price for the 2012 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works is $35,100. The fuel economy is 25 city/33 highway miles per gallon.

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Convertible

There are three models for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder convertible that are under $35,000; the 2012 Mit’subishi Eclipse Spyder GS-Sport, the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder SE and the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT.

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2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible

You will need a whooping 40 feet to complete a turn in a Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi also recommends premium gasoline.

The GS-Sport and SE use a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine that gets 162 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 162 ft-lbs. of torque @ 4,000 rpm.
The fuel economy is 20 city/27 highway miles per gallon

The MSRP starting price for the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS-Sport is $27,999
The MSRP starting price for the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder SE is $28,299

The GT boasts a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine gets 265 horsepower @5,750 rpm and 262 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm. The fuel economy is 16 city/24 highway miles per gallon

The MSRP starting price for the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT is $32,599

2012 Volkswagen EOS Convertible

There is only one 2012 Volkswagen EOS convertible under $35,000, it is the Komfort SULEV.

The EOS uses the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Turbo 6-speed Automated Manual that gets 200 horsepower @ 5,100 rpm and 207 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm. The turning radius is 35.1 feet and premium fuel is recommended.

The MSRP starting price for the 2012 Volkswagen EOS convertible Komfort SULEV is $34,350. The fuel economy is 22 city/30 highway miles per gallon.

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2012 Volkswagen EOS convertible

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.