Top-Rated Luxury Coupes and Convertibles in the 2017 Performance Award

Christian Wardlaw | Jul 26, 2017
Coupes and convertibles are, by their very nature, more emotional choices in a new vehicle, and especially when they wear an upscale brand. Which ones are the most satisfying to their owners? That’s where the results of the annual J.D. Power U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM come in handy.

J.D. Power surveys new-vehicle owners who have been driving their vehicles for at least 90 days. The company gathers responses related to the performance, design, layout and features of the vehicles, and from this information generates Power Circle Ratings. Consumers can use these ratings to get a sense of which makes and models are the most appealing, as judged by the people who own them.

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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S photo This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2017 Luxury 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 Audi A3


Audi sells a convertible version of its entry-level A3 model. Called the Cabriolet, this version of the A3 is offered with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and in three levels of specification. A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine powers all variants. For 2017, minor styling and technology updates keep the A3 fresh.

The 2017 Audi A3 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Small Premium Car segment in a tie with the BMW 2 Series.

2017 BMW 2 Series


BMW’s entry-level car is the 2 Series. Available as a coupe or convertible, with a turbocharged 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine, with a manual or automatic transmission, and with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, there is bound to be a 2 Series just right for you. New engines debut for 230i and M240i models, while the performance-tuned M2 boasts a higher top speed.

The 2017 BMW 2 Series receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Small Premium Car segment in a tie with the Audi A3.

2017 BMW 4 Series


New engines require new nameplates, and so the 4 Series coupe and convertible lineup now includes 430i, 440i, and M4 model designations. BMW also upgrades the infotainment system, enhances the interior, modifies equipment and packaging, and slips an adaptive damping suspension underneath the M4. A Gran Coupe is also available, but it’s actually a 5-door hatchback.

The 2017 BMW 4 Series receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Infiniti Q60


Redesigned for 2017, the Infiniti Q60 is available with a turbocharged 4-cylinder or twin-turbocharged V6 engine, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and in standard, Premium, Sport, and Red Sport 400 trim levels. For 2017, the Q60 is offered only as a coupe. A convertible may return to the lineup in the future.

The 2017 Infiniti Q60 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Porsche 911


A new family of standard turbocharged engines debuted in the 2017 Porsche 911, which also received subtle styling upgrades and a new GTS-badged range of coupes and convertibles between the Targa 4 and Turbo models. New GT3 and GT2 RS variants top the lineup, priced to nearly $300,000.

The 2017 Porsche 911 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium Sporty Car segment.
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