Top-Rated Coupes and Convertibles in the 2016 Initial Quality Study
For 30 years, the annual J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) has served as a benchmark study of owner satisfaction with new-vehicle quality. The study measures owner-reported design- and defect-related problems experienced during the first 90 days of ownership, and in 2016 is based on more than 80,000 survey responses.
Power Circle Ratings (PCRs) are derived from the research, designed to visually reflect and summarize the study’s findings and to help consumers when they are shopping for a new vehicle.
This buyer’s guide contains the 2016 coupes and convertibles that are top-rated for initial quality. Each model earns a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality during the first 90 days of ownership.
2016 Audi TT
Audi redesigned its entry-level TT sports car for 2016, placing it on the same Volkswagen Group MQB platform that serves as the basis for the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. Styling adheres to iconic TT themes, and the interior features Audi’s Virtual Cockpit Display instrumentation. Turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive are standard equipment.
The 2016 Audi TT receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Compact Premium Sporty Car segment.
2016 BMW 2 Series
In addition to launching the new performance-tuned M2 Coupe for 2016, BMW enhanced the 2 Series lineup with additional standard equipment, new Luxury and M Sport option packages, and other minor updates. In addition to the M2 Coupe, the 2016 2 Series is offered in 228i and more powerful M235i series.
The 2016 BMW 2 Series receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Buick Cascada
Based on an Opel model sold in other parts of the world, the Buick Cascada is new to the United States but is not a new car. Designed and engineered in Germany, the Cascada seats 4 people, derives power from a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, and comes with a standard convertible top.
The 2016 Buick Cascada receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Compact Sporty Car segment, in a tie with the Scion tC.
2016 Dodge Challenger
The epitome of a classic American muscle car, the retro-styled Dodge Challenger receives minor updates for the 2016 model year. It is offered only as a surprisingly roomy coupe, with a V-6 or a choice between three different V-8 engines. The pricey Hellcat model makes 707 horsepower, making it among the most powerful production vehicles on the planet.
The 2016 Dodge Challenger receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Sporty Car segment.
2016 Hyundai Veloster
A 3-door, 4-seat sports coupe with a rakish roofline and a hatchback opening to the trunk, the Hyundai Veloster springs from humble beginnings to become an entertaining vehicle—especially when equipped with its optional turbocharged engine, and in particular when decked out in R-Spec or Rally Edition trim. Updated infotainment systems, minor design and detail changes, and a new dual-clutch transmission for turbocharged models summarize the changes for 2016.
The 2016 Hyundai Veloster receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Kia Forte Koup
Though it competes in an underserved segment of the market, the Kia Forte Koup is somewhat invisible to small car buyers. This stylish and, in turbocharged trim, powerful 2-door gains new infotainment and safety features for the 2016 model year.
The 2016 Kia Forte Koup receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Porsche 911
With the additions of the new 911 Targa 4 GTS and 911 GT 3, there are 17 different variations of Porsche’s iconic 911 sports car from which to choose. Once you’ve settled on a price and level of performance, a dizzying level of customization allows you to tailor a high-quality Porsche 911 to specific preferences.
The 2016 Porsche 911 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium Sporty Car segment.
2016 Porsche Boxster
At the opposite end of the Porsche sports car continuum from the 911, the Boxster roadster distills the company’s essence into a thrilling automobile. In its final year before a thorough refresh, the 2016 Boxster adds the elemental Spyder variant to the lineup.
The 2016 Porsche Boxster receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Scion tC
With Toyota Motor Corp.’s announcement that it is discontinuing the Scion brand, the clock has run out on the tC, a front-drive sports coupe with seating for 4 and a surprisingly large cargo area. In its final year, the tC receives a new infotainment system, keyless access with push-button engine starting, and a final special-edition model called the Series Release 10.0.
The 2016 Scion tC receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Compact Sporty Car segment, in a tie with the Buick Cascada.