It’s common to think that something cheap won’t be good, but that’s not always the case in the car world. When it comes to roadsters, the cheapest car in the segment, the Mazda Miata, is actually also the best car in the segment. Here’s a look at why the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best roadster out there right now, despite also being the cheapest.
The 2022 Porsche 718 Boxster is the most expensive roadster
According to Consumer Reports, the Porsche 718 Boxster is a good car, but it won’t be cheap. In fact, it is currently the most expensive option in this segment. The Boxster starts at around $63,000, but its price can go as high as $100,000 for customers on a tight budget. That price makes it tens of thousands of dollars more expensive than the other roadster options available.
Customers who can afford this Porsche roadster get a great car that can be fitted with one of four engine options. It starts with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with about 300 hp but can be upgraded to a 4.0-liter six-cylinder with 414 hp. That being said, the base engine is still very capable, as Consumer Reports wrote that it will allow the Boxster to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Why the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the cheapest and best roadster
Consumer Reports eventually gave the Porsche Boxster a glowing review and recommendation, but the Mazda MX-5 Miata performed better than the Boxster. This little Mazda starts at just under $28,000, which is less than half the price of the Porsche. However, since the Miata is the cheaper car, its engine options are far more limited. In fact, Mazda currently only offers one engine for the Miata.
Currently, the MX-5 Miata has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 181 hp. That’s enough horses to push the Miata from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds. Obviously, that’s a much slower time than what the Boxster or other sports cars can do. Where the Miata shines, however, is how it drives overall. As Consumer Reports wrote, it’s a very agile car that handles corners well. Its engine noises also sound “invigorating”.
The Miata is a great little roadster for other reasons too. Like other automakers, Mazda offers a manual transmission for the Miata, and it’s pretty easy to use. While roadster buyers probably won’t care about gas mileage, the Miata’s naturally aspirated four-cylinder gets 34mpg overall, which is better than what many less fun cars can get.
The 2022 BMW Z4 is currently the worst roadster
After all, according to Consumer Reports, the currently worst car in the roadster segment is the BMW Z4. To be fair, the Beemer still performed well enough to earn a recommendation from CR. However, its starting price of $50,000 makes it significantly more expensive than the Mazda, while its performance puts it below the Porsche.
At this price, BMW is offering two engine options for the Z4. It starts with a 255PS 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and customers can upgrade that to a 382PS 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder. This BMW takes 6.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph, which is slightly better than what the Mazda can do, but worse than what the Porsche can do with its standard engine.
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