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Top-Rated 2014 Convertibles: Initial Quality

By: Jeff Youngs, 6/26/2014

In surveying thousands of new-vehicle owners each year, J.D. Power gathers information about the quality of new cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans after the first 90 days of ownership. This data is compiled in the annual J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS), and forms the basis for Power Circle Ratings, consumer-friendly representations of the information that are designed to help car buyers make better decisions.

This Top-Rated 2014 Convertibles guide includes those models that receive an overall Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4, 4.5, or 5 for their performance in the 2014 IQS. They are listed in alphabetical order.


2014 BMW 4 Series
Replacing the BMW 3 Series convertible, the BMW 4 Series convertible is new for 2014, based on the 4 Series coupe but equipped with a power-retractable folding hardtop that stacks in the trunk. Buyers choose between a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine, each offered only with an automatic transmission. BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is an option, replacing the standard rear-drive setup.

The 2014 BMW 4 Series convertible receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.


2014 BMW 6 Series
A 4-passenger luxury convertible, the BMW 6 Series is powered by a turbocharged 6-cylinder or a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. An automatic transmission is standard, powering the car's rear or all four wheels.

The 2014 BMW 6 Series convertible receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.


2014 Jaguar F-Type
New for 2014, the Jaguar F-Type is characterized as a spiritual successor to the legendary E-Type, and debuted as a 2-seat luxury sports car priced from about $70,000. Supercharged V-6 and V-8 engines are available, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.

The 2014 Jaguar F-Type convertible receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.


2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe, the E-Class Cabriolet is a 4-seat convertible featuring a V-6 or twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. An automatic transmission powers the rear wheels. With the soft convertible top stowed, the E-Class Cabriolet's exclusive AirCap system deploys to push airflow up and over the cabin in order to reduce wind buffeting.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.


2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
The Mercedes-Benz SLK is a 2-seat roadster equipped with a power-retractable hardtop. Three versions are available, including the SLK250 with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, SLK350 with a V-6 engine, and the performance-tuned SLK55 AMG with a V-8 engine.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2014 Nissan 370Z
Take one Nissan 370Z coupe, slice off the roof, and you've got the 370Z roadster, which seats 2 people. A V-6 engine supplies power to the rear wheels, via a manual or automatic transmission.

The 2014 Nissan 370Z convertible receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.


2014 Porsche 911
Porsche added a 911 Turbo Cabriolet to the lineup this year, bringing the number of open-air 911 models to six. It makes 120 more horsepower than the Carrera S and 4S models, good for a 0-to-60 mph time of 3 seconds by Porsche's stopwatch.

The 2014 Porsche 911 Cabriolet receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.


2014 Porsche Boxster
Redesigned for the 2013 model year, the lighter, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient Porsche Boxster continues as a 2-seat, mid-engine sports car, and as the least expensive Porsche sold in America. A new GTS version joined the Boxster and Boxster S models in the summer of 2014.

The 2014 Porsche Boxster receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

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