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Wheels.13

Convertibles

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{Wheels.13.24}: Bianca R. {lily1} Fri, 27 Jan 2006 23:15:51 CST (54 lines)

I went to the Washington Auto Show today, and got to sit in a whole
bunch of cars.  I'm still yearning for a convertible.  Of the
convertibles that would seat four adults, the Volvo to me was the most
attractive, and it's loaded with safety features.  The Solara is a
close second in attractiveness and features, and costs around $12,000
less.  It has the more typical soft-top rather than a hardtop.  The
SAAB did not impress me for the price, but it had some nice features.
 The Sebring just did nothing for me.

I LOVE the new Volvo C70.  It's got this origami-folding hardtop which
is really amazing.  They wouldn't let anyone sit in the convertibles,
unfortunately, but I did get to sit in the sedans, and the seats were
by far the most comfortable of anything I've ever seen.  There were
two convertibles on display, one silver, one white,  one with top up
and the other with top down, plus every so often they demonstrated how
the top works, to the jaw-dropping amazement of one and all.

The trunk is very spacious with the top up.  With the top down, it's a
bit weird since the hardtop all folds together and is what you see
when you open the trunk.  But you push a button on the side, and like
magic, the top lifts a bit so you can get to the storage space.  You
could get two overnighters or one large-ish suitcase or several
grocery bags in the trunk, even with the top down.

The interior has several little storage cubbies, and most of them will
automatically lock.  The leather looked gorgeous, better than any
other car I've seen.  The interior in general looks very clean, not
tarted up, just clean and simple.

Cost will be about $42,000, nicely equipped.

SAAB, for almost the same price, did not impress me at all.  Materials
looked tacky, fit and finish not so great, some of the storage cubbies
very un-user friendly.  For instance, the place to put CDs was a
half-circle.  Fine if you want to carry around loose CDs, but I always
like to have mine in their cases in a cubby-hole, and there was no
such space.

The seats were very comfortable, radio system was great, trunk space
also pretty good for a convertible.  For the money, though, I thought
the Volvo was a lot better.

Stepping down a whole bunch of money, the Solara looked gorgeous and
was very comfortable.  It was easy to enter, even for the back seat
passengers.  Trunk is huge, even with the top down.  It looks more
like a highway cruiser than a sports car, but that's fine with me,
that's what I want.  Couldn't test the radio as the car didn't have
the power on.

There were a lot of roadsters on the market - the Mazda Miata M5, the
Pontiac Solstice, and others.  I felt like a midget in a toy car in
all of them.  Maybe it's just me, but I'd be terrified to be in one of
those cars on a highway with huge trucks whizzing past.  They're just
too low.  Or I'm too old, one of the two!

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