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2018 Convertible of the Year: E-Class Cabriolet, MX-5 RF or 718 Boxster?

Auto123.com will be crowning winners of the 2018 Auto123.com Awards for best vehicles of the year on November 22 in Toronto. We’ve already unveiled the three finalists in each of the 17 categories; today we look in more detail at the Convertible of the Year finalists.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
This luxurious 4-seat German convertible is uniquely elegant and refined; its quotients of safety and comfort are equally sky high. The AIRCAP system reduces turbulence when the top is down, while the AIRSCARF system breathes warm air on the necks of front-row occupants. Derived from the big S-Class Cabriolet, its soft top was built to elevated standards to ensure its durability and proper operation. It takes just 20 seconds to fully open or close it, even when driving at speeds up to 50 km/h. For the first time, the model comes with available 4MATIC all-wheel drive. More details on the E-Class Cabriolet.

Photo: Daimler

Mazda MX-5 RF
The MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) features a unique retractable roof and rear window that enhances the sensation of open-air driving – a sensation not unlike the one you experience in a Porsche 911 Targa. Its power hard-top opens with a single press of a button and folds into a dedicated space without affecting cargo room. On the road, the 2.0L SKYACTIV engine and specially-calibrated power steering help deliver a dynamic and stimulating driving experience. More details on the MX-5 RF.

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Porsche 718 Boxster
In comparison with the last generation of the Boxster, the new 718 takes several steps closer to the 911, without losing its unique character.  Simultaneously powerful and energy-efficient thanks to its 4-cylinder turbo engine, the powertrain now delivers 300 hp in the base version, 350 in the S and 365 in the GTS. Buyers have an embarrassment of riches to choose from in terms of options, and whatever trim they finally opt for, they’ll drive off in a well-balanced, sporty and dynamic sports car. Another plus? The centrally mounted engine means you get two trunks – one in front and one in back. More details on the 718 Boxster.

Photo: Porsche