Best convertibles for 2022 | Autoblog

Best convertibles for 2022 |  Autoblog

The past decade has not been kind to the drop-top enthusiast. No matter which dealer you run into, convertible models have left and right left and right. Nissan-Z? Audi TT? Buick Cascada? Volkswagen Eos? All gone. Do you remember the humble Chrysler Sebring/200? Well, you do now. Fortunately, the news isn’t all bad. There are still plenty of options for those who absolutely must own a convertible. Whether you need something to tow behind your retirement cruiser, a performance car that can compete with the best in the world or simply something to swing the roof back after a long day of on-site business meetings. to make the flight back to your daily hustle and bustle, there is at least one convertible that meets your needs. Here are our picks and starting prices for the best convertibles in different categories for 2022.

For the frugal open-top lover: Mini Convertible 2022 ($34,650)

Let’s be honest; gasoline is not cheap. But driving with the top down doesn’t have to be a wallet-killer. The Mini is cheap (at least by 2022 standards) and an absolute joy to drive, so there’s really no downside here… other than the roof. Do you understand?

For the hardtop enthusiast: 2022 Mazda MX-5 RF ($37,260) / 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible ($69,695)

The number of hardtop convertibles has declined severely due to weight issues and the fact that cloth roofs have become so quiet, but there are still some options for those who prefer a more coupe-like look with the roof up. Our picks here are the wonderfully Targa-esque MX-5 Miata RF and literally any Corvette Stingray – even the hardtop has a removable roof!

For long car journeys: 2022 Ford Mustang Convertible ($34,100)

The first image that comes to mind for many who have to imagine an American convertible is the classic Ford Mustang. It’s not the only pony car with a lowered roof, but the Camaro’s small trunk makes it much harder to see the US in a Chevrolet when a drop-top is involved. The Mustang has a lot more cargo space and a much larger opening, which is probably the difference between keeping your bags locked up or leaving them in the back seat.

For towing behind a motorhome: 2022 Jeep Wrangler ($31,590)

While many small runabouts make sense for towing behind an RV (or being ensconced in an enthusiast), the Wrangler has a serious advantage when it comes to camping: it can be towed flat with ease. While your 720S may fit neatly into the guts of your mega road liner, we wage earners just have to settle for something more practical. Jeep still offers a two-door Wrangler if you need something that will also fit nicely in your driveway, and you’ll get to places a 720S (or Miata or Mini Cooper) just won’t go.

For the beach: 2022 Jeep Wrangler ($31,590) / 2022 Ford Bronco ($32,395)

This is kind of a no-brainer. We’re not talking about a coastal cruise on a paved side road; we mean driving on the actual beach. While many people get away with making bad decisions when it comes to driving on sand, we can only really lend our support to a true 4×4. Fortunately, there are now two solid options on the market: the proven Jeep Wrangler and the new Ford Bronco. Just be smart, follow the signs and make sure to thoroughly hose down your rig after being exposed to salt water, even if it’s just because wet sand gets kicked into the wheel arches.

For a ride on Sunday: 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible ($69,695) / 2022 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible ($32,695)

We called the Mustang the best road trip option above, but what if you plan on getting there and back in one day and don’t need extra luggage space? Why not go for something flashy like a Corvette? As an added bonus, even the Corvette coupe has a Targa-style hardtop so you can still feel the wind in your hair (or on your scalp) if your dealer is just short of drop-top Corvettes. Honorable mention to the Camaro here, which doesn’t do day trips that much better than the Mustang, but if you prefer it, why not?

For the hardcore enthusiast: 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata ($28,665) / 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe ($62,195)

The first entry here should be pretty obvious to anyone who’s been to a track day. While the current Miatas aren’t nearly as popular with weekend warriors as older models, it’s because they haven’t fully depreciated yet. Do not be afraid; there are solid options for roll safety equipment and the ND will only grow in popularity at track events over the years. We’ve listed the Corvette (Coupé!) here as an honorable mention because the roof is removable but retains the factory-designed roll structure – the best of both worlds.

For the professional enthusiast: 2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible ($55,045)

Let’s say you’re a real estate agent in California who wants to appear fairly successful and maintain the ability to attack some canyon roads in your spare time. What is your ideal drop top? We’re going with the 4 Series. Whether it’s the humble 430i Convertible or a full-fledged M4, BMW’s benchmark sports saloon offers surprising rear seat comfort (especially with the roof down) and proven dynamics. And if it’s parked outside your show, it’s “just” another compact BMW.

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster 4.0 GTS

For the wealthy enthusiast: 2022 Porsche 911 Convertible ($115.350) / 718 Boxster ($66.950)

We’re getting into the “we have no business telling you what to do with your money” here, but man, it’s really hard to argue against a 911 or Boxster. Porsches are ubiquitous at track/autocross events (the various divisions of the Porsche Club of America even host their own events), so there’s no shortage of safety equipment if you decide to take your Cabriolet out for a warm patchwork quilt. Some organizations even allow Porsche’s factory roll guard to be used on the track, provided you’re short enough to pass the “broomstick” test. Ask your club’s security commissioners for more information.

In front of that guy™: 2022 Ferrari 812 ($440,000)

oh, are you that guy™? Buy a Ferrari 812. GTS? Super fast? Does not matter. Put a shiny wrap on it. You will love it.

For the space: Starman’s Tesla Roadster (~$3.5 billion)

So you For real want to let the sunbeams in, huh? Well, for maximum sun exposure, an original Tesla Roadster is currently driving around the solar system in what experts say is likely an advanced state of decline thanks to space debris and solar radiation that SPF 50 won’t do much for. But you probably still have a better chance of getting Starman’s ride back than buying a production Tesla Roadster 2.0 in the next few years. Our estimate of $3.5 billion is probably on the low side for a fetch mission, especially given current inflation, but can you really put a price on something so special? If your answer is “yes”, then just buy a Cybertruck in the meantime. Oh sorry.

What is the best-selling convertible?

Since some convertibles are also sold as hardtop models, exact production figures for some droptops are quite difficult to find. But it really doesn’t matter, because the Jeep Wrangler outpaces them all by a pretty hefty margin, easily making it the most popular convertible in America. Remember, the Jeep Gladiator is also a convertible, making it the only droptop pickup truck available for sale ex works.

Are convertibles more expensive to insure?

Probably. Progressive says convertibles “may cost more to insure” because of the higher purchase price they entail. “That makes sense. Safety has also been cited as a potential issue for insurers to consider, although modern convertibles score no worse in crash tests than hardtops. Progressive highlights data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showing “that 21% of drivers of convertibles killed in an accident were thrown from their vehicles, compared to 17% for non-convertibles. The risk of ejection was also higher in rollover crashes (43% vs. 35%).

Do convertibles have a better resale value?

That is a difficult question to answer, and there are many variables to consider. The Jeep Wrangler, which, as we pointed out above, is the best-selling convertible in the United States, is always at or near the top of the trade-in value charts. The Chevrolet Corvette also has a high resale value, but it is not always clear whether convertibles hold their value better than hardtop ‘Vettes’. High-end luxury vehicles tend to depreciate faster than less expensive vehicles, and that’s just as true for convertibles as for sedans and SUVs.

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