2015 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Convertibles
By Christian Wardlaw,
Every year, J.D. Power measures what consumers say has gone right and gone wrong with their new vehicles during the third year of ownership. This information is collected in the annual Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and from the data Power Circle Ratings are formulated in order to summarize the study's findings in a consumer-friendly manner.
This Most Dependable Convertibles guide highlights those models that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4, 4.5, or 5 out of a possible 5 for overall vehicle dependability after three years of ownership.
2012 Audi A5
Equipped with a traditional soft roof instead of a power-retractable hardtop, the Audi A5 and Audi S5 Cabriolet models frequently offer greater trunk capacity when the roof is lowered than key competitors equipped with power-retractable hardtop designs. For 2012, Audi made no significant changes to the A5 and S5 Cabriolet models.
The 2012 Audi A5 receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro
The 2012 Camaro Convertible was offered with a new 580-horsepower, supercharged V-8 engine, but only in the ZL1 version of the car. A new 45th Anniversary Edition model also debuted, and the standard Camaro received a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Interiors sported a new steering wheel, trim, and instrument graphics, and a reversing camera was a new option.
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, the only non-luxury model among this group of most dependable convertibles, receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5, and is the top-ranked model in the Midsize Sporty Car segment.
2012 Lexus IS
The Lexus IS C is a convertible version of the Lexus IS sedan, one equipped with a power-retractable hardtop and seating for up to 4 people. Lexus made no changes to the IS 250C and IS 350C for the 2012 model year.
The 2012 Lexus IS receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.
2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
For 2012, Mercedes-Benz installed new engines into the E-Class Cabriolet. The E350 came equipped with a 302-horsepower V-6 and the E550 gained a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8. No other significant changes were made to this luxurious 4-passenger convertible.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the top-ranked model in the Midsize Premium Car segment.
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