In my opinion, and ONLY my opinion, the freedom top gives you the best of both worlds. I own a soft top sports car (motorized top though) and love it. However, there is nothing like a hardtop for 90% of driving time. The freedom top allows you to pop off two panels, and you have sunshine, or pop them back in and it feels like a normal car. If you live in a sunny state (ie Cali or Florida) then the softtop could be for you, however, for me, living in NY, the freedom top was the clear choice. Oh, and mine doesn't leak either.