If you’re not a subscriber, run out and buy today’s San Diego Union-Tribune, where you’ll find the latest Weekend Driver column, “Beetle Beach Run.”

We’re exploring the spots to get cool and be cool on San Diego Bay, pretty timely considering we’re in the middle of a big summer heat wave.

And getting us there is a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle TDI convertible, equipped with a six-speed manual transmission no less. Frankly, if you’re looking for a really fun, economical convertible, I’d heartily recommend the Beetle. Just get used to having teenage girls wink at you and the jokes about its looks, this is a really fun car for San Diego. It’s a blast with the top down, can take the twisty curvy mountain roads on a back-country day, and gets great mileage on diesel.

I know I had fun driving it. My 88-year-old mom even had a blast when we went to the Sonic drive-in for burgers with the top down.

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