2013 Volkswagen Beetle

The Good The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible's Fender system is still one of the best affordable premium audio rigs in the business. The '70s Edition rolls all of the tech worth having into one stylish package.

The Bad The weather seals of the convertible top creak over rough roads with the roof raised. Affixing the roof cover is more trouble than it's worth. The RNS 315 navigation system doesn't feature traffic data.

The Bottom Line The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible's tech is a bit outdated, but this retro-stylish ragtop with its kicking stereo brings a smile to every trip.

Editors' Rating
  • Cabin tech 7.0
  • Performance tech 6.0
  • Design 8.0
6.9 Overall

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Review

Retro-stylish Beetle ragtop makes people smile

After VW squared off the shoulders and flattened the roof of the Volkswagen Beetle coupe in an attempt to inject a bit of masculinity into the model, the fun-loving 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible seems like a bit of a step back toward "cutesiness." That's probably OK, because to be honest, short of moving the engine back to the rear of the vehicle where it belongs, there's not much that VW can do at this point to butch up the Beetle.

So, a chick car it will remain and I suppose that's just fine. Sorry, male and masculine Beetle fans. Don't blame me, I don't make the rules.

On the other hand, anthropomorphizing and assigning gender to a hunk of metal, plastic, and rubber is a bit silly, so let's quickly move along.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $24,995
  • Brand Volkswagen
  • Trim levels 2.5L
  • Available Engine Gas
  • Body style Convertible
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