Most Reliable 2017 Coupes and Convertibles Under $50,000

Christian Wardlaw | Aug 31, 2017

Every year, J.D. Power collects data from surveys of thousands of new- and used-vehicle owners, detailing information measuring owner satisfaction with a vehicle’s quality, dependability, and other factors.

From this data, Power Circle Ratings are generated to visually represent how reliable a vehicle is likely to be over time. When a nameplate is new to the market, J.D. Power considers the historical performance of all vehicles sold by the brand in order to predict how reliable the new model will be.

Listed below, in alphabetical order, these are the coupes and convertibles priced under $50,000 that J.D. Power predicts will provide the best reliability over time. Keep in mind that each rating is valid only when compared to other models within a specific vehicle segment, and are not accurate when comparing across segments.

2017 BMW 2 Series Coupe/Convertible

2017 BMW M240i Coupe photo

BMW’s entry-level model is the 2 Series, offered as a coupe, convertible, and a performance-tuned M2 that might just be one of the best BMWs to drive, ever. For the 2017 model year, all but the M2 receives new engines and model designations, an upgraded optional automatic transmission, and technology enhancements. The M2 is also faster than before, and includes driving school instruction.

The 2017 2 Series receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 BMW 4 Series Coupe

2017 BMW 4 Series Coupe photo

There are three BMW 4 Series body styles to choose from. The 4 Series Coupe is priced under $50,000, the 4 Series Convertible is priced over $50,000, and the 4 Series Gran Coupe isn’t a coupe at all, but a rakish 5-door hatchback. The Coupe wears new model designations (430i and 440i) that reflect new engines, and receives updated infotainment technologies for 2017. The racy M4 variant gets a standard adaptive suspension, too.

The 2017 4 Series Coupe receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 Buick Cascada

2017 Buick Cascada photo

Designed, engineered, and built in Germany by Opel, the Buick Cascada is a 4-passenger convertible equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The car is five years old, but arrived late in the U.S. market, going on sale for the 2016 model year. A Sport Touring version joins the lineup for 2017.

The 2017 Cascada receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Ford Mustang

2017 Ford Mustang Convertible photo

America’s original pony car comes in standard, GT, and Shelby GT350 flavors, and in coupe or convertible body styles. Ford shuffled paint colors for 2017, but left the Mustang unchanged in anticipation of a significant mid-life freshening that is coming for the 2018 model year.

The 2017 Mustang receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Kia Forte Koup

2016 Kia Forte Koup photo

Did you know that Kia offers the Forte as a 2-door coupe called the Koup? No? That’s not surprising, and after the 2017 model year, Kia will discontinue this model, leaving the Honda Civic Coupe as the only choice in the segment. If you’re interested, grab one while you can. In addition to proving reliable, the Forte Koup has one of the best warranties in the business.

The 2017 Forte Koup receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Lexus RC

2017 Lexus RC 200t photo

Based on an amalgamation of Lexus IS and Lexus GS parts, the Lexus RC is a 2-door coupe offered with a turbocharged 4-cylinder, a V-6, or a thundering V-8 engine. Most are rear-drive, with all-wheel drive available exclusively on the RC 300. Few changes are made for 2017.

The2017 RC receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Toyota 86

2017 Toyota 86 photo

Last year’s Scion FR-S is transformed into the new Toyota 86, which arrives with a nip and a tuck in terms of styling, interior materials, and handling. A classic 2+2 sports car, the 86 lacks only a convertible roof to compete favorably against the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

The 2017 86 receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

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