Nothing says adventure like cruising down the highway in a brand-new convertible with the top down and wind in your hair. If you’re looking for a fast sports car that offers optimum performance, check out a two-seater roadster convertible. It may not be the quietest ride, and cargo space is non-existent, but they sure are fun to drive. Consumer Reports tested several 2021 convertible roadsters, and after extensive evaluation, recommended every model.
The 2021 convertible roadsters recommended by Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports selected the best new convertibles that are “all-around performers – shown to be reliable, safe, and satisfying.” Each model scored well in both the road test and owner surveys.
Testing four vehicles, three of them came with a confident recommendation. Consumer Reports said that each of the models won their “admiration.”
The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster received an overall score of 83, with an impressive road test score of 95 out of 100. Where the rating fell was in predicted reliability, receiving only a three out of five possible points. Predicted owner satisfaction came in at four out of five. The 718 Boxster has an overall estimated fuel economy of 26 mpg and a price range of $62,000 to $98,600. It is one of the few vehicles in the segment that has a truly comfortable and luxurious interior.
One of the other 2021 convertibles recommended by Consumer Reports is the BMW Z4 that received an overall score of 79 out of 100. Priced from $49,700 to $63,700, the BMW has a fuel economy rating of 29 mpg and a road test score of 86. It received a predicted reliability score of three and an owner satisfaction score of four out of five.
The only convertible not recommended by Consumer Reports was a 2020 model
The Fiat 124 was the only roadster on the list not recommended. Receiving an overall score of 32, it was the only vehicle from the 2020 model year. This year’s model is not available.
Poor reliability ratings, a low road test score of 76 out of 100, and lack of owner satisfaction are reasonable benchmarks for the underperforming roadster considering its lackluster sales.
Roadshow reported the Fiat 124 is dead, saying the automaker announced in a press release, “The Fiat 124 Spider and Fiat 500L will be discontinued after the 2020 model year.”
Is the Mazda MX-5 Miata the best-rated 2021 convertible?
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best-rated roadster for 2021. With a starting price of $26,830, the convertible offers extreme value for all that it offers. Consumer Reports gave the Miata an overall score of 87 out of 100. It received an 80 on the road test and a perfect five out of five in both the predicted reliability and owner satisfaction scores.
The convertible top is easy to operate, taking less than 15 seconds with a simple overhead latch. A 2.0-liter engine pumps a sufficient 181 hp to thrust the 2,300-pound vehicle soaring from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. The estimated fuel economy of 34 mpg is a welcome bonus.
Consumer Reports explained the “cheeky, lithe, and zoomy” Miata convertible “has thrilled and inspired hundreds of thousands of buyers, from money-conscious workaday drivers to weekend racers. With its handling agility, revvy four-cylinder engine, easy-to-fold manual top, and precise manual shifter, it’s the quintessential modern roadster.”