Hot new convertibles for spring 2013

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- If you are looking for a hot new car to buy this spring, AAA Arizona's Jim Prueter shares his expertise on what cars are popular for 2013.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. The VW Beetle convertible isn't a fire-breathing hard-edged sports car like other droptops, yet with a 200 horsepower turbocharged motor under the hood it's certainly no slouch, hitting 60 mph in less than 7 seconds.  This convertible starts at $24,995.

2013 Lexus IS C Hardtop Retractable Convertible. A retractable high-performance oriented hardtop is available with either 204 or 306 horsepower. The Lexus IS C is refined, yet exhilarating to drive. The advantages of a fixed roof is in a library-quiet driving experience in the up position, with none of the shake and wind noise common with cloth-top counterparts. This convertible starts at $42,610.

2013 Ford Mustang GT. Think you need to shell out big bucks to slide behind the wheel of a 402-hp convertible? No way. The Mustang GT delivers an incredible 402 hp for just $36,095.

2013 Mazda MX5.  This is a sleek and incredibly fun to drive two-seat roadster with a choice of a soft top or power retractable hard top. It's nimble and responsive thanks to a 167-horsepower engine with a choice of either a 5-speed manual shifter or available 6-speed sport automatic transmission. Gas mileage is estimated at 28 mpg highway. This convertible starts at $23,720 (manual).

If you're interested in one of these fuel sippers shown in today's segment, or any vehicle for that matter, give AAA Car Buying a call. This is a free service AAA offers as one of our many automotive solutions.

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