Due to the extra weight of rigidity enhancing measures, most convertibles are slightly less fuel efficient than their fixed-roof counterparts. However, that won't be the case with the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible.
The EPA has just released economy figures for the latest open-air bug, which is scheduled to make its debut at the L.A. show this November, and it seems the open air experience won't come with a corresponding efficiency penalty. The most frugal Beetle convertible, the manual transmission TDI diesel model, will return 28 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, while the stick-shifted Turbo variant is rated at 21/30 mpg. Those figures are identical to the numbers posted by the coupe.
While mileage information for the 2.5-liter inline-five base motor isn't yet available, it would follow for it to eke out the same 22/31 mpg in the Convertible that it does in the coupe. Also expect DSG-equipped drop-tops to match the coupe.