Looking to buy a convertible car in time for summer? Here are our picks for the best convertible cars of 2022.
The automotive landscape has been changing a lot over the years and there’s a body style that’s slowly being phased out from lineups. Convertibles were once a hot commodity and sometimes a genuine selling point for shoppers, but they are a dying breed. Today’s shoppers aren’t as impressed with the ability to pull the roof back when panoramic sunroofs have become somewhat of a norm. Plus, why spring for a convertible that’s only usable on those hot summer days?
However, there are some of you out there that still enjoy the option of dropping the top and feeling the wind through your hair. So, we’ve compiled some of the best available convertibles in 2022. The convertible lifestyle is still breathing for a select few vehicles today and they all come at different price ranges, but we broke them out to help in your search for the perfect brand-new convertible.
So, you want to experience a convertible without needing to spend an arm and a leg? These affordable convertible options are the ones to look out for. Some can cost you under $30,000 here while others can get a little more spendy. Ultimately, these are the best choices if you can’t spend upwards of $100,000, those are coming up.
Starting with one of the cheapest convertible options on our list is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Miata has long been the compact convertible of choice since 1990 and it’s still a great choice for 2022. Shoppers can expect the fourth generation MX-5 Miata ND platform that comes in at a starting MSRP of $27,650. At that price customers get a soft top, the 181-horsepower SKYACTIV-G 2.0L inline-four motor, and a six-speed manual transmission that all comes together to make the Miata a fun little cruiser during those sunny days.
Ford’s Mustang has been available as a convertible going all the way back to the original 1964 ½ models, and that trend continues today. The 2022 Ford Mustang can still be had as a convertible at the base trim level with the 2.3L EcoBoost and a six-speed manual starting at $32,705. However, consider the Mustang GT Premium convertible if you want to experience a little more flare and a rumbling 5.0L V8 under the hood starting at $47,795.
The Wrangler might not be what anyone pictures when they think convertible, yet it fits the mold in a roundabout way. Like its predecessors, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler can fold or even completely remove its roof whether it’s the two-door or four-door model, which is essentially the definition of a convertible vehicle. That workaround makes the Wrangler the burliest option on this whole list, plus it can even remove all of its doors and fold the windshield to really let nature in. Pick up this off-road convertible for a starting MSRP of $33,595 or climb to the powerful Rubicon 392 starting at an eye watering $77,490.
BMW’s Z Series started back with the Z1 that had those slide down doors to go along with its roadster style. Those unique car doors may be gone, but the 2022 BMW Z4 still carries the BMW roadster torch. Going for the Z4 sDrive30i gives shoppers a 255-horsepower 2.0L twin-turbocharged inline-four engine, a launch controllable eight-speed sport automatic with paddle shifters, a plush interior, the retractable soft top, and an approachable starting price of $49,900. Opt for the M40i and you gain the larger 383-horsepower 3.0L twin-turbocharged inline-six engine along with a host of M Sport goodies that’ll make the Z4 a true driver’s car. Those additions also raise the starting price to $63,700, but they’re well worth it when shopping for a fun convertible.
Some may raise their brow at the starting MSRP of $69,695 on a 2022 Chevrolet C8 Corvette convertible, but this thing is a mid-engined bargain for that price. A 490-horsepower 6.2L V8, eight-speed dual clutch transmission, and a retractable hard top are all available on the 1LT base trim. The Corvette has one of the nicest interiors for being at a sub $100,000 price (more on those expensive ones later) and if you tack on the Z51 Performance Package you’ll really be able to enjoy carving those winding coastal highways with the top down.
There are a few shoppers out there willing to throw down some serious cash on a very nice high-performance convertible. We found a few examples that we felt were worth the over $100,000 price tags that they came with. Do you have the cash to shell out on one of these convertibles?
The Porsche 911, Germany’s iconic sports car, is one of the most sought-after convertibles around. The current 992 generation of the 911 comes in two different styles that allow shoppers to remove the roof – a Cabriolet and a Targa. The 911 Cabriolet completely retracts its roof at the push of a button, while the Targa removes only a portion of the roof that is mechanically hidden beneath the rear glass portion. The Cabriolet starts at $114,000 on the 911 Carrera models and the 911 Targa 4 starts at $121,300. Those looking at a performance convertible 911 can reach for the 473-horsepower GTS trim in either style, but only the Cabriolet version can access the 640-horsepower 3.7L twin-turbocharged flat-six found on the Turbo S trim. Just be prepared to spend over $200,000 on that version of the 911 Cabriolet.
Toyota’s luxury brand provides a great looking luxury convertible starting at $102,275 that can double as a performance driver when you want to. The 2022 Lexus LC 500 Convertible features a retractable soft top, plush interior with a driver’s cockpit orientation, and a lot of great tech on both the infotainment and safety fronts. Lexus also imbues this convertible with some great power from a 5.0L V8 engine and provides handling that borders on comfort and performance. Lexus offers some added flair for 2022 on the LC 500 convertible with the Inspiration Series edition that features more standard luxury options, unique dark rose interior upholstery, dark smoked chrome trim, and a dark rose soft top for an additional $14,380.
We don’t talk about Aston Martin enough it feels like, thankfully I get to include the 2022 Vantage Roadster when considering a convertible in the $100,000 range. Aston Martin knows how to make the driver excited behind the wheel of the Vantage and it is definitely a head turner when it drives by. The Vantage Roadster starts at $150,086 featuring the fastest automatic convertible top with a sub-seven second time to go from covered to wind in your hair. The Vantage is also pretty fast speed wise too thanks to its 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 that pumps out 503 horsepower. Formula 1 fans can also splurge on the F1 Roadster edition that comes in the same color paint as Sebastian Vettel’s car, adds a rear spoiler, track tuned suspension, and ups horsepower to 528. The F1 edition comes with a $173,086 price tag attached to it.
So those “expensive” convertibles are a little light for your bank account? Well, we’ve got a couple more choices that only those with some significant cash flow can afford. If you’re a recent NFL draft pick, secured some substantial gains from the stock market, or have enough cash to buy Twitter for example, then these convertibles are made for you.
Another name from Formula 1 fame is McLaren who is one of the major supercar manufacturers of the world. When considering a convertible supercar, one should consider the 2022 McLaren 720S Spider. This convertible is as close to a road going F1 car as a fan can get thanks to its 710-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8, seven-speed dual clutch transmission that can be controlled via paddle shifters, and active aero helping it keep the car planted to the road. The 720S Spider won’t just handle that speed wonderfully, it will also provide passengers with a comfortable ride as the high-tech suspension helps ease bumps in the road. $317,500 for the 720S Spider may be eye watering for some, but if you can afford that then you should consider bumping up to the Performance model with added carbon fiber bits all around the convertible and more for an additional $5,840.
If ever there was a car that exemplified high society, the 2022 Bentley Continental GT convertible would be it. Passengers will be in the lap of luxury with all the space, comfort, and excellent material finishes that have been imbued into this Bentley convertible. Every material along the inside of the Continental GT exudes quality and excessive detail. Fine handcrafted leather upholstery, real inlaid wood, and metal trim lining the edges of the interior. All four seats experience plenty of personal space and wonderful comfort, while the trunk still offers enough room for a couple of golf bags or a set of luggage even with the retractable roof. At a starting price of $222,085 for the convertible, Bentley also provides customers with plenty of horses that’s sent to all four wheels. The Mulliner and V8 gain the 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 engine, but those will to spend upwards of $300,000 can access the Speed model featuring the 650-horsepower 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12 engine. Those willing to flaunt their wealth can’t go wrong with this Bentley Continental GT convertible.
Finally, we end with a brand who is no stranger to the convertible style, Ferrari. And what better Ferrari to strive for than the 2022 Ferrari 812 GTS. The 812 GTS convertible is all about experiencing the drive wherever you go. This is essentially the only Ferrari that provides access to a V12 engine, and it’s well worth the $405,450 starting price once you hear that wonderful 789-horsepower 6.5L V12 in all its glory with the top down. It sounds like a proper ’90s F1 car when putting the pedal to the floor. Shoot for a Competizione model and you’ll be set back over $600,000, although that price comes with 23 extra horsepower, weight reduction, better aerodynamics, and creates a true track star that’s ready to tackle Nürburgring times. The inside is nice too, featuring a mix of modern aesthetics and F1 influences that only Ferrari can pull off. Cargo space is limited with this option, but you can ship the luggage to your destination when owning a convertible supercar of this magnitude.