What critics want and potential buyers are looking for in a vehicle are sometimes at odds. Many vehicles, which critics like Consumer Reports review, owners flock to year after year. Many develop quite the following. Despite the disagreements, Consumer Reports thinks everyone will love these three 2022 roadsters, and we agree.
What does the owner satisfaction score really mean?
It’s hard to decide what owners will love and hate without consulting the buyers, which is where Consumer Reports really shines. It releases a survey for each model year and ranks it within a segment of similar vehicles.
Some of the questions the review site is looking at include how the vehicle drives, how consumers feel about the styling, how comfortable it is, and most importantly, if they feel like they got their money’s worth.
If not enough people respond, Consumer Reports chooses a similar vehicle to determine owner satisfaction.
2022 Mazda MX-5 Miatas are excellent 2022 Roadsters
Mazda may not be the first automaker that comes to mind when designing lust-worthy roadsters, but the MX-5 Miata can hold its own against many of its kind. It received a higher overall score from Consumer Reports than the Porsche 718 Boxster and BMW Z4.
Owners were just as pleased, as was reflected in the perfect predicted owner satisfaction score. The styling received a near-perfect score, while the driving experience wasn’t far behind. The value also received high marks, meaning that owners felt they got what they paid for.
The ride comfort was one area where the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata failed to impress. This comes as no surprise, as roadsters aren’t exactly designed for comfort. They’re made for speed, exhilarating thrills, and turning heads. Even so, it’s no wonder the MX-5 Miata is such a crowd pleaser.
2022 Porsche 718 Boxster
Even though the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata received a higher overall score from Consumer Reports than the 2022 Porsche 718 Boxster, it was extremely close. The predicted owner satisfaction score is the same as the Mazda, but it does beat it out in one central area.
When it came to styling, the 718 Boxster received a perfect score. This is no surprise, as Porsche takes a great deal of pride in the design of its vehicles and rarely gets slammed by critics for poorly styled vehicles.
While the driving experience didn’t earn a perfect score, it was reasonably close. The comfort surprisingly had a decent score for a roadster.
Where the 718 Boxster fell flat was the value. Less than half of respondents on the survey felt it was worth what they paid. Given that it has a price range of $62,600 to $100,100, that’s not very shocking.
2022 BMW Z4 makes great 2022 Roadsters
Even though BMW is one of the most well-known luxury automakers, the scores from Consumer Reports didn’t hold up well for the 2022 Z4. The scores weren’t terrible by any means but were lacking compared to the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Porsche 718 Boxster. In fact, when compared to other vehicles in the roadster segment, only the Audi TT performed worse.
However, don’t let that fool you. The BMW Z4 still received a high score when it came to owner satisfaction. Unlike its rivals, Consumer Reports didn’t include any details about how it came to the owner satisfaction scores. This leads us to believe that the survey has yet to be completed or there weren’t enough responses. Regardless, it’s generally well-received amongst critics across the board.