Mazda MX-5 and Volkswagen GTI top Consumer Reports charts
Love the feeling of your hair blowing in the breeze as you cruise down the long, straight road jamming to your favorite band? Yeah, so do we. That’s why we were happy to hear that our friends over at Consumer Reports have conducted another monthly road test and this time they have decided to test convertibles and sporty vehicles. The convertibles category consisted of the all wheel drive Audi A5, the sporty Infiniti G37, the more refined Lexus IS250, the smaller, sportier Mini Cooper S and Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring. After their road test, Consumer Reports states they would only recommend the Miata to consumers. Ouch. We can’t say we agree with Reports on this one. I mean the Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring is a nice car, but to say that they would recommend it over the Infiniti G37? That doesn’t make much sense to us. Granted, it is the cheaper choice although looking like it would cost more than $31,550. Our choice in this category would be the Infiniti G37 if you hadn’t already guessed. It is pricier than the Miata with a price tag starting at $44,350, but worth it when comparing engine capabilities and space. The Infinity G37 has a 3.7L V6 engine producing 325hp while the Miata is a measly 4 cylinder, 2.0L engine producing 170hp. The Infiniti G37 is also a 4-seater while the Miata is not. The choice seems obvious to us, but, hey, we can’t always agree right?
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Consumer Reports also ran a road test on the Volkswagen GTI, Mazdaspeed3, and Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart as part of their sporty models test. This category was lead by the Volkswagen GTI and the Mazadaspeed3 based on their reliability with the Volkswagen GTI receiving top honors due to the fact that it is “exhilarating to drive and easy to live with”. It also boasts good fuel economy at 27 mpg overall. Consumer Reports did not have sufficient reliability data on the Lancer Ralliart to provide a recommendation. It is definitely the pricier model of the three listed, but price does not always go hand in hand with reliability.