Critics disagree on the best sports car for 2022

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Sports cars have a relatively simple philosophy: front engine, rear wheel drive and pretty much everything else is subjective. Some drivers look for 800 horsepower Leviathans with a time of 9 seconds at a quarter mile and enough torque to provide endless thrills. Others, however, revere the feeling of performing a soothing backroad symphony of mechanical components.

In coming up with the best sports car of 2022, critics are in a heated argument. US News and World Report think it’s the Ford Mustang, while Car and Driver think it’s the Mazda MX-5 Miata. So, what is it?