Ford Mustang: Best Convertible To Buy 2022

January 3, 2022

The Ford Mustang continues to evolve, from a V-8 muscle car to an electric superstar in the Mustang Mach-E, which won The Car Connection Best Car To Buy 2021 award. It has overshadowed the American icon since its inception last year, and the next gas-powered Mustang expected for 2023 is rumored to be a hybrid. But for 2022, the iconic pony car still has a lot of gas left in its tank, especially with the top down. With a TCC Rating of 6.0 out of 10, the 2022 Ford Mustang convertible edged out the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata to win our Best Convertible To Buy 2022. 

Other convertibles performed higher on our scale (read more about how we rate cars), but we at The Car Connection value a value: our awards are limited to vehicles that cost less than $50,000 (including destination) to start. That disqualified the excellent C8 Corvette convertible and the joyful BMW Z4. 

There's not much new for the 2022 Ford Mustang convertible except for the GT Performance pack on the California Special and cool colors, such as Eruption Green Metallic. The Special comes with five-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, a strut tower brace, and the Mustang's classic 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 450 hp (down 10 hp from 2021) and 420 lb-ft of torque with 93 octane. Paired with a 6-speed manual, that V-8 can hit 60 mph in the low 4-second range with Ford's Performance package. For more efficient and quieter cruising with the top down, Ford also sells the Mustang convertible with a 2.3-liter turbo-4 that makes 310 hp and 350 lb-ft and delivers an EPA-rated 23 mpg combined. 

An independent rear suspension handles bumps well, and Ford offers performance and handling packages for more dialed-in driving. On its own, the base Mustang convertible handles well enough to not shake the kidneys while still stirring the soul. Starting at about $34,000, the Mustang convertible comes sparsely equipped with driver-assist features, a 6-speed manual, 17-inch alloy wheels, and keyless start. The dinky audio display and manual seats could use an upgrade and we recommend spending up to a $38,920 Premium model to get them and much more. The standard power soft top with a manual latch goes down in about 10 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph.  

The classic Mustang is still a winner in our eyes, especially with the wind in our hair (or scalp).  

Read all about the winners of The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2022 awards—and find out which vehicles took home our annual Driver’s Choice awards as well as top honors from our sister sites, Motor Authority and Green Car Reports

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