Dependable coupes have two obvious advantages for today’s enthusiasts: first, they’re usually more fun to drive than their four-door counterparts, thanks to nimbler dimensions and lighter curb weights. Second, since they’re so dependable, you can rely on these vehicles to be ready for the road at all times. For our entries in today’s gallery, we were limited by the relatively small number of new coupes that are currently on sale. But we did check a wide range of online resources to see which vehicles you could both count on for driving excitement and just plain count on in general. And as always, we have a sharp focus on affordability. In fact, we were even able to include one coupe on the roster that costs less than $25,000.
10 Most Dependable Coupes
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2018 BMW 2 Series
Leading off our lineup of dependable coupes is the 2018 BMW 2 Series, which is one of the few two-door sporty cars to earn Consumer Reports’ highest rating for “Predicted Reliability.” The 2 Series earns raves from enthusiasts because of its signature BMW-style driving dynamics and a choice between two TwinPower turbo engines. The entry unit is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that provides 248 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, while the available inline six-cylinder unit can boost output to 335 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. With that powerplant and an optional eight-speed automatic transmission, owners can enjoy 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds. Also enjoyable? The separate 2 Series convertible that has the same engines in a droptop body style.
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2017 Lexus RC
Consumer Reports also gave top reliability scores to another of our dependable coupes: the 2017 Lexus RC. An exciting alternative to the European entries, the RC is offered in rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations, with drivers able to choose from four different powerplants. The performance leader, however, is the RC F. Backed by a 5.0-liter V8, the RC F can unleash 467 horsepower and 389 lb.-ft. of torque. You can also rely on the RC F to attract plenty of attention. After all, it showcases a sleek, highly aerodynamic exterior, both LED headlamps and Lexus' signature daytime running lights, and available carbon-fiber exterior upgrades which include a carbon-fiber rear wing that automatically deploys anytime the car approaches 50 mph.
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2017 Audi TT
Dependable coupes with German roots and droptop options include the 2017 Audi TT, and although it doesn’t have the very best Consumer Reports reliability grades like the 2 Series, the TT’s above-average results are still a highlight for the segment. The Audi also stands out with a gracefully curving roof and aggressive front end that’s set off by standard LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. Meanwhile, standard in the cabin is a “virtual cockpit” instrument cluster that replaces analog gauges with a full-color 12.3-inch display. The finishing touch here is real-world performance from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides 292 horsepower, 280 lb.-ft. of torque, and 0-60 times as low as 4.6 seconds.
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2017 Honda Accord
Shoppers be warned: dependable coupes from mainstream brands are about to be a lot harder to find. That’s because when the all-new 2018 Honda Accord makes its debut, it will be only as a sedan and without the long-running two-door body style. Customers can still find a decent amount of 2017 Honda Accord coupe models, with MSRPs of $24,125, but the clock is definitely ticking. It’s also worth noting that even though the 2017 Accord coupe is on its way out, the car isn’t exactly out of date. Indeed, except for the entry trim, all coupes come with a seven-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, while offering a comprehensive Honda Sensing package of driver-assistance technologies.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
Yes, that’s the right picture up there. Despite its four doors and distinctly SUV-like proportions, the official name of the vehicle is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. Furthermore, our go-to experts from Consumer Reports have singled out this vehicle as No. 1 for reliability in the Luxury Compact SUV category. Next, beyond checking those two boxes, the GLC Coupe can bring sport-utility benefits ranging from 4MATIC all-wheel drive to a maximum cargo capacity of 56.5 cubic feet. Nor is the GLC Coupe lacking in luxuries. Nappa leather, real ash wood, heated front and rear seats, and a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel are all on the Mercedes-options list, as are two AMG high-performance models, led by the 503-horsepower GLC63 S Coupe.
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro
If you’re shopping for dependable coupes from the muscle-car ranks, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is an impressively competitive pick. First, the current-generation Camaro in anticipated to receive better reliability ratings than its Ford or Dodge rivals, and second, the previous-generation models were ranked as No. 1 in their segment in the 2017 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study (which analyzes vehicle reliability after three years in service.) The 2018 Camaro also complements its reputation for reliability by supplying the latest connectivity technologies, advanced driver-assistance measures, and serious muscle. Consider this: the Camaro can flex three different V8 engines, with the ZL1 packing a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that’s good for 650 horsepower, 650 lb.-ft. of torque, and 0-60 times of 3.5 seconds.
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2017 Toyota 86
Dependable coupes tend to come from dependable brands, and that brings us to the 2017 Toyota 86. It may not look like a typical Toyota, but rest assured, the trusted Toyota hardware is beneath the car’s dramatically sporty sheet metal. Okay, Toyota did get some help with the 86, yet it came from another brand that’s known for reliability: Subaru. The latter company is responsible for the car’s four-cylinder boxer-style engine (and sells its own version of the 86, called the Subaru BRZ.) Along with a double dose of automotive confidence, the 86, and the BRZ, build on their expected reliability by meeting expectations for sports-car customers. Thus, both feature rear-wheel-drive performance, sharp-handling suspensions, streamlined aerodynamics, and driver-oriented cabins.
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2017 Porsche 718 Cayman
Exotic sports cars aren’t usually thought of as dependable coupes, yet a strong case can be made for the reliability of the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman. Porsche itself has become a leading brand in recent J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Studies, and the Cayman owns better-than-average reliability ratings from Consumer Reports. Turning to owners of the Cayman, they can take advantage of snappy mid-engined performance from a choice between two turbocharged powerplants. In the entry-level Cayman, the standard engine can dial up 300 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft of torque, and for drivers who move up to the Cayman S, output rises to 350 horsepower and 309 lb.-ft. of torque, even as 0-60 times can fall as low as 4 seconds flat.
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2018 Lexus LC
The 2018 Lexus LC joins our list of dependable coupes as an all-new model, putting an emphasis on the “predicted” part of Consumer Reports’ predicted-reliability data. That said, the Lexus brand’s reputation for dependability is well deserved, so there’s no reason to think the LC won’t be just as reliable as the rest of the brand’s lineup. What distinguishes the LC are things like its eye-popping exterior design and incredible levels of performance. For that fresh look, credit a new Lexus design language that will no doubt set its rivals talking. For equally eye-popping performance, the LC’s slick sheet metal also wraps around a 471-horsepower V8 engine, or an available high-performance hybrid propulsion system.
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2018 Chevrolet Corvette
As real people, not actors, have made clear in recent TV commercials, the Bowtie brand also has a fairly successful track record in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Studies. At the same time, the Chevy Corvette has risen to No. 2 on Consumer Reports list of “Sports/sporty cars over $40,000” (trailing only the BMW 2 Series that was discussed earlier.) Which brings us to the final member of our dependable-coupes honor roll, the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette. A potent performer in all trims, the Corvette can deliver up to 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque in its range-topping Z06 model. Prefer high technology with your high performance? The Corvette also features connectivity resources such as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.