There are good cars and not-so-good cars, but there is no such thing as a bad convertible on a sunny day. I know this because I have driven the Chrysler 200 convertible. It's attractive, but the suspension is old-fashioned. The standard four-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission are inefficient.

It is undersized and outclassed by its midsize competitors -- the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Malibu. But none of them comes with a drop top. Trust me -- all is forgiven when you bask in the summer sun in a Chrysler 200 with the top down.

Forget its complicated back story. The 200 is a near luxury bargain when your tight budget priority is removal of the steel barrier between motorist and the boundless blue horizon. All convertibles come with issues. What beautiful and exciting thing doesn't?

While summer is officially four weeks away, Memorial Day is the emotional drop-dead date for delivery on our winter longing for sun-kissed adventures. This is when cabriolets come out to play. So for this holiday I offer a dozen 2013 convertibles under $35,000.