Most Reliable 2016 Coupes and Convertibles Under $50,000

Christian Wardlaw | Aug 16, 2016
2016 Kia Forte Koup photo

To determine which coupes and convertibles are the most reliable, J.D. Power surveys thousands of new- and used-car owners in the process of measuring a variety of individual factors related to vehicle dependability, quality, and overall appeal, among others. Based on data collected in the company's Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and Initial Quality Study (IQS), J.D. Power predicts how reliable new vehicles are likely to be in the future and publishes Power Circle Ratings that reflect the findings in a consumer-friendly manner.

On the pages that follow, listed in alphabetical order, are the top-rated coupes and convertibles for predicted reliability priced beneath $50,000, according to J.D. Power. In cases where a model is new to the market, J.D. Power considers the historical performance of that brand in order to make a reliability prediction. Note that the ratings measure a model’s predicted reliability in comparison with other models in that specific car’s market segment, and is not a reflection of how it may fare when compared with all models in this guide.

2016 BMW 2 Series

2016 BMW M2 Coupe photo

BMW continues to expand the 2 Series lineup for the 2016 model year, adding the new performance-tuned M2 Coupe to the great delight of driving enthusiasts everywhere. The remainder of the lineup includes 228i and M235i coupes and convertibles, each available with an optional all-wheel-drive system.

The 2016 2 Series receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2016 BMW 4 Series

2016 BMW 435i ZHP Edition photo

Based on the same platform and powertrains as the BMW 3 Series, the 4 Series is offered as a coupe, convertible, and as a Gran Coupe, which is actually a 5-door hatchback displaying sleeker styling than the frumpy 3 Series Gran Touring hatchback. The 4 Series coupes and convertibles are also offered in performance-tuned M4 format. Confused? Don’t worry. They are all expected to be dependable over time.

The 2016 4 Series receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2016 Buick Cascada

2016 Buick Cascada photo

A new 4-passenger convertible, the Buick Cascada is based on an Opel model offered in other parts of the world. Designed and engineered in Germany and equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the Cascada ranks highest in its segment in both the 2016 Initial Quality Study and the 2016 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. Additionally, the Cascada receives a favorable reliability prediction based on past performance of Buick models.

The 2016 Cascada receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Honda Accord Coupe photo

Standing alone as the only mainstream midsize coupe on the market, the rare but still available Honda Accord Coupe is a reliable choice. Most have a 4-cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission, but you can get a manual gearbox and, as part of one of the best-kept secrets for enthusiasts, that manual transmission can be paired with the Accord’s available 278-horsepower V-6 engine.

The 2016 Accord receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2016 Honda CR-Z

2016 Honda CR-Z photo

Offered only as a gas-electric hybrid and only with 2 seats, the Honda CR-Z was meant to be a spiritual successor to the much-loved original Honda CRX. As it turned out, that was wishful thinking. But, if you’re looking for a commuter car with a hybrid powertrain, one with more style and greater zest as far as driving dynamics, the reliable CR-Z deserves consideration. Hurry, though. Honda has announced that it is pulling the plug on the slow-selling model.

The 2016 CR-Z receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2016 Kia Forte Koup

2016 Kia Forte Koup photo

Compact coupes devoid of luxury nameplates are hard to find, but Kia still sells one. Whimsically named the Koup, this 2-door version of the Forte is offered in standard and turbocharged format, the latter delivering a satisfying punch in terms of acceleration. A reputation for dependability combined with an industry-leading warranty make the Koup a reliable bet.

The 2016 Forte Koup receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2016 Lexus RC

2016 Lexus RC 350 F Sport photo

A mash-up of parts and pieces sourced from the Lexus IS and GS sedans, the Lexus RC is a 2-door coupe that takes the company’s current design themes to the extreme. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is standard, with a V-6 or a V-8 engine available, the latter exclusive to the racetrack-ready RC F model. All-wheel drive is offered with the V-6, making the RC an appealing option in foul-weather climates.

The 2016 RC receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

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