Not everyone needs the comfort of a sedan or the utility of an SUV. If you prefer form over function, and can sacrifice some passenger and cargo space, going for a coupe gives you a car with lots of style and sporty performance.
Interior and Cargo Space
Right off the bat, there’s no way that the coupe body style is going to work for people who frequently have rear-seat passengers or small children in car seats. Since coupes sacrifice seating and cargo capacity in favor or stylish designs and performance, you’ll be hard-pressed to find rear seats and trunk space that rival sedans at the same price point.
Even within the same model line, coupes offer smaller accommodations for passengers and their cargo. Take the Infiniti G37, which is available in both coupe and sedan body styles. The coupe seats four with modest backseat accommodations and the trunk can hold 7.4 cubic feet of cargo. The G37 sedan, however, offers a much more comfortable backseat with room for five and a trunk with 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The coupe can’t compete with the sedan in terms of utility, but it does offer improved performance and a more attractive exterior.
There are coupes available at every price point. But if cutting-edge standard features are high on your shopping list, you shouldn’t worry that a coupe with those features is beyond your reach.
Even affordable small coupes like the Kia Forte Koup offer standard features such as steering wheel-mounted audio controls and USB, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity. Push-button starting is optional on the Forte Koup, which has a starting price of about $17,000.
Some luxury brands may still charge for many of these features, turning their focus to quality materials rather than packing in features at a good value. The $36,900 base Audi A5, for example, does not come with standard iPod or Bluetooth connectivity, although they are available options. The A5 does offer much more luxurious appointments. These include a leather steering wheel and seating surfaces, power seats and automatic climate control.
Engine, Drivetrain and Fuel Economy
Choosing a coupe with the right drivetrain is important. If your area gets lots of rain, snow and ice, the security of an all- or front-wheel drive coupe will serve you better than the sporty nature of rear-wheel drive models.
Fuel economy is another important factor and can vary greatly depending on the size of your vehicle and its engine. Many coupes, like the BMW 1-Series, Ford Mustang and Hyundai Genesis Coupe, offer engine options with lots of power, though it’s usually at the expense of fuel economy.
The base Ford Mustang is equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that generates 305 horsepower. Those numbers are nothing to sneeze at, but those seeking more performance may want to upgrade to the Mustang GT, whose 5.0-liter V8 puts 412 horsepower to the rear wheels, which is 107 more horsepower than the base model. That’s significantly more power, but it does come at a price when you make your way to the pump. The EPA reports that the base Mustang gets 19 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway with an automatic transmission. Upgrade to the Mustang GT and those numbers drop to 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway with the automatic.