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The great outdoors is now full of bloomed flowers, completed birds’ nests, and even some butterflies and bees flying around, indicating spring season is really and truly here. With it, many people are ready to take on road trips to experience the outdoorsy freedom they missed out on during the winter months. Of course, one of the experiences that most embodies that freedom is driving with the top down on your convertible.

If you don’t have a convertible but are considering getting one, TrueCar has a list of recommendations for the 2022 model year. Here are its top five options.

The 2022 BMW 4 Series

The BMW M440i xDrive convertible in San Remo Green metallic
BMW M440i xDrive convertible | BMW Group

Only in its second generation, the 2022 BMW 4 Series is available in two trims. The cheaper, more popular option is the 430i convertible, and according to Car and Driver, prices start at around $54,295. That said, the $65,195 BMW M440i is also an option, and it’s configured with a 3.0L engine and hybrid system support, resulting in significantly more power.

The drivetrain can vary depending on trim level. Furthermore, there are various styling options to match buyers’ needs, something that TrueCar notes as one of the BMW’s pros. Other positives include a high-quality cabin finish and exceptional all-around performance.

However, blinding brightwork and a cramped back seat are two of the cons noted by the automotive website.

The 2022 Audi A5

Placed second on TrueCar’s list is the 2022 Audi A5 convertible, a 4-seater luxury car with sharp handling. Like the 430i, a 2.0L turbo engine is under the hood on the A5, and the starting prices are also relatively similar. However, while rear-wheel-drive is an option on the BMW 4 Series, all versions of the A5 convertible feature an all-wheel drive drivetrain.

Downsides noted include a relatively cramped rear passenger area and little space in the trunk. Furthermore, buyers may have to pay more to get some optional safety features. As for reasons to pick this option, it handles exceptionally well, and the interior seems to consist mainly of premium materials.

The 2022 BMW M4

While based on the 4 series, the 2022 BMW M4 isn’t an entry-level convertible, as evidenced by the high-powered engine and close to $90,000 price. The vehicle outputs 503 horsepower produced by a 3.0L turbo engine. Also, it only comes with 8-speed automatic transmission, though the coupe version allows buyers to opt for a 6-speed manual.

All-wheel drive is standard. Additionally, the acceleration and handling allow buyers a fun way to get from point A to B. TrueCar lists these two as the most significant pros of the M4 convertible. The only major gripe is that it’s not as refined as some of its competitors.

The 2022 BMW Z4

On TrueCar’s rankings, the 2022 BMW Z4 comes fifth, with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class one-upping it. Nevertheless, since the Mercedes-Benz option is still a 2021 model, it’s not going to feature on this list.

The 2-seater Z4 is an impressive machine in its own right with two engine options, including a  2.0L turbo inline-4 gas and a 3.0L turbo inline-6 gas alternative. U.S. News notes that the Z4 can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.2 or 3.9 seconds, depending on the trim and engine.

It’s mighty responsive due to the smooth, powerful engine options resulting in a fun driving experience. Additionally, it does an excellent job quieting the interior once you put the top back up. Nevertheless, the automotive website notes there are sportier alternatives in the market. Furthermore, the lack of manual transmission and all-wheel drive options isn’t ideal.

The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette

Finally, there’s the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette with its 6.2L naturally-aspirated V8 engine. TrueCar considers the Corvette a “tremendous bargain” even with its almost $70,000 starting price for the convertible option. Like the 2022 BMW Z4, the Corvette is a 2-seater with only rear-wheel-drive as an option.

Despite snappy acceleration thanks to the powerful engine, it can easily be a daily driver with a posh, comfortable interior. TrueCar also praises its agile handling, although it has problems with the car’s limited safety tech and lack of manual transmission.


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