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Top-Rated Coupes and Convertibles in the 2017 U.S. APEAL Study

Top-Rated Coupes and Convertibles in the 2017 U.S. APEAL Study

By Christian Wardlaw, July 26, 2017

Impractical and emotional choices, coupes and convertibles have the power to automatically heighten owner satisfaction. Still, some are better at doing so than others, as the annual J.D. Power U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM finds.

Conducted annually, the APEAL Study measures new-vehicle owner satisfaction with the performance, design, layout, and features of vehicles that they’ve owned for at least 90 days. From this research, Power Circle Ratings are generated, providing consumers with a visual summary of each model’s performance in the study.

2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD photoThis buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2017 Coupes and Convertibles from the 2017 U.S. APEAL Study. Each model listed in alphabetical order below receives a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for overall appeal.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet celebrates the Camaro’s 50th anniversary with a special edition, a new 1LE option package, and a 650-horsepower ZL1 high-performance variant. Just in case you turn one over to your kid, Teen Driver technology is designed to discourage unsafe driving, and provides Mom and Dad with a report card.

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Dodge Challenger

The first all-wheel-drive muscle car, the Challenger GT debuts for 2017, accompanied by heritage-inspired T/A and T/A 392 models. Houndstooth upholstery is standard this year, a variety of new colors arrives, and Dodge installs a new infotainment system that includes smartphone projection technology.

The 2017 Dodge Challenger receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Midsize Sporty Car segment.

2017 Honda Civic

Added halfway through last year, the Honda Civic Coupe is a rarity, a compact car with a decidedly decadent 2-door body style. This year, the sporty Civic Si returned to the lineup, equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual gearbox, helical limited-slip differential, adaptive damping suspension, bigger brakes, and variable-ratio steering.

The 2017 Honda Civic receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Honda Accord

If you want a Honda Accord Coupe, you’d better get one now. The Accord is redesigned for 2018, and the 2-door coupe version is cancelled. Enthusiasts will want the EX-L V6 with the 6-speed manual transmission, if one can be found. Following a freshening for 2016, Honda made no changes to the 2017 Accord Coupe.

The 2017 Honda Accord receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Mini Cooper

Mini makes no changes to its Cooper Convertible for 2017, a 4-seat droptop with personality to spare. Turbocharged 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines are on the menu, in standard, S, and performance-oriented John Cooper Works trim. Buyers can customize a Mini beyond their wildest expectation, too, with a long list of paint, interior, and equipment options.

The 2017 Mini Cooper receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Compact Sporty Car segment.

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