Do any new convertibles seat five occupants?

I want a convertible that has five seat belts. The only one I am aware of is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Do you know of any other convertibles that my family will fit in?

Sharon, Rockwall, Texas

Other than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with the folding soft-top, we couldn’t find any convertibles that seat five and cost less than $50,000. Your five-member family may have to draw straws to see who rides and who stays home.

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One problem is that some convertibles are derived from a coupe (two-door) body style that starts out with rear seats that only hold two people, such as the Audi A5, BMW 3 Series, Ford Mustang and Infiniti G37.

Even the Chrysler 200 and Lexus IS 250/350 convertibles, which start out as sedans, shrink from five seats to four in the transition to a ragtop. The issue there is that the power folding top mechanisms on both sides take space away from the rear seat.

If you decide to look at a Wrangler Unlimited, you should bring the entire family with you to see how well everyone fits. Having three seat belts in the rear seat is one thing; having room for three people may be another. In addition, if they’re still young and growing, they may not fit so well a few years from now.

The Cars.com Vehicle Recommender can help you find other models that fulfill other criteria on your wish list, whether that is a convertible or different body style.

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Answered by Rick Popely on January 24, 2013 in Jeep , Jeep Wrangler , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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