Top-Rated 2015 Convertibles: Performance and Design
By Christian Wardlaw, July 25, 2015
To determine how gratifying each new-vehicle model is to own and drive, J.D. Power conducts the annual Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. In the study, new-vehicle owners are asked to evaluate their new car, truck, SUV, or van based on what they like and dislike about the vehicle. Survey respondents have owned their vehicle for at least 90 days.
From the data that is collected, J.D. Power calculates consumer-friendly Power Circle Ratings that summarize the findings of the APEAL Study. The ratings are published in order to help new-vehicle shoppers discover which makes and models are the most appealing, according to those who own them.
According to the 2015 U.S. APEAL Study, the following mass-market convertibles are among the most appealing models within their respective vehicle segments. Each receives a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 (out of a possible 5) for overall appeal.
2015 Fiat 500c
To turn the Fiat 500 into a convertible, the automaker retains the car's original roof structure and adds a fabric mid-section that powers back and stacks above the trunk. Available in several trim levels, the 500c receives a number of enhancements for 2015, including new digital instrumentation, extra USB port, new premium audio system option, and a retro-themed 1957 Edition model. The performance-tuned Abarth version gains an optional automated manual transmission this year.
2015 Ford Mustang
To celebrate the Mustang's 50th anniversary, Ford completely redesigned it for 2015, retaining the model's historical design cues while modernizing the underlying vehicle architecture and technologies. Buyers choose between a turbocharged 4-cylinder, V-6, or V-8 engine, and between a manual or an automatic transmission. A variety of option packages and individual upgrades help buyers to tailor a Mustang convertible to specific preferences.
2015 Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen enhances the Beetle convertible lineup for 2015, offering a new entry-level version called the Classic that is stylistically themed like the original model, complete with chrome hubcaps. A new turbodiesel engine option is available, too, one that is both more powerful and fuel-efficient than the previous engine offered in the Beetle TDI convertible.
- Top-Ranked Cars, Trucks, and SUVs in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. APEAL Study
- View 2015 U.S. APEAL Study Ratings
- View 2015 U.S. APEAL Study Results