Drop the top, and drop the costs. Introducing the Fiat 500C Pop, Fiat Abarth 595C, and Citroen DS3 DSport.
Being the smallest, least-expensive convertible on sale virtually guarantees the Fiat ragtop a Gold Star gong. Its attainable $22K purchase price doesn’t contribute directly to its score, but works with Glass’s three-year retained value of 58 percent to contain the drop in value to a manageable $9240, little more than $3K per year. This figure easily outweighs other costs, including low insurance (under $800) and fuel use. A three-year warranty, while not industry-best, is as good as many.
You won’t take a bath (sorry) on cost of ownership in this hotted-up Fiat 500 derivative, which offers twice the torque of its more sensible sibling and consumption that’s just 1.1L/100km higher.
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