Who doesn’t love the concept of cruising the streets in a convertible sports car? It is a summer atmosphere that nothing else can match. However, current gasoline prices are questioning the idea of driving for fun for many people. However, there is a way to have your cake and eat it. There is one sports car that gets 35 miles per gallon, making it the perfect car for a weekend getaway or a road trip.
Incidentally, the most economical convertible sports car is also one of the most affordable
Kelley Blue Book a list of the most affordable convertible sports cars currently on sale. Unsurprisingly, the results show what many people always know. When it comes to affordable sports cars, roadsters, convertibles and many other categories, the solution is always the same. Miata is always the answer.
According to the EPA, the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata sees fuel economy of up to 26 mpg and an unprecedented 35 mpg highway. This means it has a combined fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon. However, this is when fitted with the six-speed automatic.
Fortunately, fans of manual gearboxes have nothing to fear. The six-speed manual still gets 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. So, adding in the punchy fun of having a manual transmission will only drop you one mpg on the highway and in general.
The Miata 2022’s fuel economy figures are worth celebrating in their own right. However, the cost of the car itself is also reasonable. According to KBB, the standard convertible version starts at $28,315. Additionally, the retractable fastback (RF) version starts at $36,015.
That deal is starting to look phenomenal when you consider the next convertible in line when it comes to fuel economy. The 2022 BMW Z4 manages to get a respectable 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway rating from the EPA. That makes for a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg. However, it has a much higher starting price of $50,895. That’s nearly double the cost of a standard 2022 MX-5 Miata.
Miata is indeed always the answer
If you’re tired of the praise for the iconic Mazda convertible sports car, there’s bad news. It won’t stop anytime soon. For so many people who think that going to the Miata is a cliche fix, it really is that good. You won’t find a more perfect balance of affordability, fuel economy and sheer driving pleasure than a Miata. The Miata is the perfect solution whether you’re on a racetrack or just enjoying a windy weekend ride.
The current generation Miata model has won a slew of awards. It’s an IIHS top pick for safety, which car? called it the best value for a sports car for 2022, and of course it won our very own Motorbiscuit car of the year for 2021. Plus, it has a good chance of taking a back-to-back win. Only time will tell, though!
For a more in-depth look at what it’s like to drive the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata, keep scrolling down!
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