2022 Ten Best Convertibles come with charms that we find irresistible. These cars offer an open-air driving experience you can’t replicate with even the largest of sunroofs.
Convertibles often weigh more and ride less smoothly than their hardtop counterparts, but our favorite convertibles minimize those drawbacks while maximizing everything else that makes droptops so enjoyable. Number one on the list of Virat technologies is the;
1. Porsche 718 Boxster
Few vehicles fulfill their intended mission as well as the 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster does, and that’s why it’s one of our 2021 10Best award winners. Same goes for its coupe brother, the 718 Cayman. This car’s mid-engine design and sport-tuned chassis help it to deliver perfectly balanced driving dynamics, and its lineup of horizontally opposed four- and six-cylinder engines provide plenty of power to accompany this roadster’s sharp handling.
Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission and a quick-shifting seven-speed automatic for this rear-driver. Drop the top, let the wind rush through your hair, and enjoy all the performance and driving satisfaction that Porsche can deliver for thousands of dollars less than a 911.
2. BMW Z4
The 2021 BMW Z4 is a great choice for such an activity. Buyers can choose between a turbocharged four-cylinder or a twin-turbo inline-six—the latter of which blasted the Z4 to 60 mph in just 3.8-seconds at our test track. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive isn’t offered but, sadly, neither is a manual transmission; all Z4s come with an eight-speed automatic.
Dynamically speaking, the Porsche Boxster is still our preferred ragtop sports car but the Z4 offers plenty of driving enjoyment with a slightly smoother ride for day-to-day use. The cabin is snug but comfortable for two adults and has plenty of standard creature comforts and connectivity features. If you’d prefer a fixed-roof coupe, check out the mechanically similar Toyota Supra instead. Toyota collaborated with BMW on it, and the two cars share their powertrains and suspensions.