Best Convertible – Mazda MX-5: We drove a handful of convertibles this year, all with bigger engines than the Miata. However, none of them were able to slap a smile on our faces like Mazda’s flagship. Its 50-50 weight distribution, slick six-speed manual, high-revving engine and convertible top are as potent a combo as ever. Why You Should Buy It: The simplest way to describe the allure of the MX-5 is that it is a car you will rearrange your life for
. You’ll ditch your friends (you can’t fit them anyway), pack everything into a small backpack (there’s no trunk space) and bundle up (it can get cold with the top down) all so that you can enjoy some time behind the wheel.