2015 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Coupes
By Christian Wardlaw,
J.D. Power conducts its Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) on an annual basis, surveying thousands of original owners of 3-year-old vehicles. This collected data, which distinguishes between design- and defect-related problems, serves as the basis for the study's results, and for the formulation of Power Circle Ratings that summarize the study's findings in a consumer-friendly way.
This Most Dependable Coupes 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
Based on the Audi A4 and available as the A5 or the performance-tuned S5, this 2-door coupe received no significant changes for the 2012 model year. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is standard, with a supercharged V-6 installed in the S5 variant. All-wheel drive is standard equipment for both the A5 and S5 coupes.
The 2012 Audi A5 receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2012 Cadillac CTS
Cadillac's angular luxury sport coupe, the CTS Coupe, received a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine for 2012, one making 318 horsepower. Bluetooth connectivity became standard, a new Touring package was introduced, and a heated steering wheel was newly optional. The performance-oriented CTS-V Coupe added a new blind-spot warning system for 2012.
The 2012 Cadillac CTS receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro
Chevy's retro-themed Camaro Coupe received a number of updates for 2012, not the least of which was the introduction of the high-performance ZL1 variant packing 580 horsepower. A 45th Anniversary Edition model debuted, the base model received a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine, the Camaro SS got revised suspension tuning, and a reversing camera was added to the option list. Chevrolet also updated the Camaro's interior for 2012, with a new steering wheel, trim, and graphics.
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro 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 Honda Accord
In its final year prior to a complete redesign, the 2012 Accord Coupe received no changes aside from a standard USB port. The car came with a choice between a 4-cylinder and a V-6 engine, either of which could be paired with a manual transmission, somewhat of a rarity. It could also seat up to 5 people, another rarity.
The 2012 Honda Accord receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.
2012 Honda Civic
Redesigned for 2012, the Honda Civic Coupe came in several trim levels, each powered by a new 140-horsepower, 4-cylinder engine that returned better fuel economy than before. The performance-tuned Civic Si Coupe continued, now with a 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine offering more torque at lower revs.
The 2012 Honda Civic receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.
2012 Nissan Altima
A midsize 2-door coupe with seating for up to 5 passengers, the 2012 Altima Coupe was unchanged from the previous year. Available with a 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine, and with a manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Altima Coupe came in 2.5 S and 3.5 SR trim levels.
The 2012 Nissan Altima receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
New for 2012, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe was sold as the C250, C350, and high-performance C63 AMG. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine came in the C250, a V-6 was installed in the C350, and the C63 AMG had a 6.2-liter V-8 motor. Buyers could upgrade the car with a number of luxury, safety, and technology enhancements.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
New, more efficient engines debuted for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe, the E350 receiving a 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 while the E550 benefitted from a twin-turbocharged, 4.7-liter V-8. Otherwise, the E-Class Coupe was largely unchanged from the previous model year.
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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