Worst Convertible - 2012 Ferrari California:
Let's say someone dangles two keys in our faces and says, "We're giving you a free car! Would you like this Chrysler 200 Convertible or a Ferrari California?" That's not exactly Sophie's choice. Of course we'd take the Ferrari, but only because we'd end up with more money when we immediately traded it on a convertible that isn't a completely hideous poseur's car.
Otherwise, if we were to keep the California, everyone who saw us driving it would automatically assume we had purchased it instead of an Aston Martin DB9
Volante, Audi R8
, Bentley Continental GTC
, BMW M6
, Maserati GranTurismo
, Mercedes-Benz SLS
, Porsche 911
or any number of cheaper performance and/or luxury convertibles. Perhaps some folks would assume we got it for that glorious Ferrari V8 wail or the admittedly impressive handling, but they would inevitably remember a Ferrari 458
Spider exists. They'd think we're insane. And they would be right.
Finally, astute bystanders may snicker that our fancy-pants Ferrari has the same crummy touchscreen navigation system as the Chrysler 200 Convertible they drove on vacation in Ft. Lauderdale. Just because something's hugely expensive doesn't make it good. In this case, it's a big reason that the Ferrari California is the worst.