Coupes are luxury cars. They're less practical, usually more expensive, and more geared toward enthusiasts than their sedan counterparts--when they even have counterparts, that is.
So why have one? They're usually more powerful and handle better than related vehicles--and almost as a rule, they're better looking, too.
Buying a new coupe can be a confusing prospect. Do I really need fewer doors and a higher pricetag? What's the difference between a coupe and a so-called "coupe-like" sedan? It's even more difficult when you consider the price span of new coupes--a range that spans from below $20,000 to more than $300,000.
Which new coupe should you buy? The Car Connection has some help. Finding your way to the best new coupe can be as time-consuming as studying a few of those important factors and letting them lead you through the process.
Or you can take this shortcut.
We've looked at the data, we've considered the ratings we apply to every new vehicle we review--and have come up with this buying guide, to help you find the best coupes you can buy more quickly.
To qualify as one of our Best Coupes To Buy 2015, a pickup must:
- must score higher than an 8.0 rating on The Car Connection's full review
- must have a base price of less than $100,000--twice the amount we allow for our Best Car To Buy competition
- no reported score lower than four stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Keep in mind, these coupes may finish with higher scores than our annual Best Car To Buy winner. That vehicle is chosen from a shorter list of brand-new or significantly changed vehicles in a model year. These rankings pit all vehicles against each other, regardless of how many years they've been on the market, and they're open to every vehicle on sale during the current model year.
Also, by our definition, hardtop convertibles are just that. You'll find those vehicles ranked on our Convertibles list.
After vetting all the coupes offered for the 2015 model year, we've narrowed it down to the following set of vehicles, and given our insight in the bottom line from our original review. They're ranked in the order of scoring as of our latest update. Since our reviews are updated frequently for safety data, late model changes, or fuel-economy revisions, the order may change occasionally.
By these standards, these vehicles stack up as the best coupes on the road today:
TCC Rating: 9.2
The 2015 Audi R8 is a supercar fit for daily driving, thanks to its German precision and Italian powerplant. Read more »
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type piles on even more sportscar credibility with a ravishing Coupe R edition. Read more »
2015 Jaguar XKR
While the glorious new F-type sports car might have stolen some of the limelight, the 2015 Jaguar XK lineup remains one of the most gorgeous and desirable grand-touring cars on the market. Read more »
TCC Rating: 9.0
2015 Porsche 911
The 2015 Porsche 911 is an enthusiast's dream, with excellent handling, comfort, and performance at every step through its range. Read more »
2015 BMW M4
The 2015 BMW M4 loses a little bit of weight and its normally aspirated V-8, leaving a potent twin-turbo six and nearly unflappable handling in their place. Read more »
2015 Porsche Cayman GTS
The 2015 Porsche Cayman remains a focused 911 alternative, at an easier-to-swallow price. Read more »
TCC Rating: 8.8
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
The 2015 Cadillac ATS hits all the right marks in handling, performance, quality, comfort, and technology. Read more »
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
With exceptional performance, style, comfort, features, and most of all value, the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray is a remarkable sports car. Read more »
TCC Rating: 8.6
2015 Audi A5
The Audi A5 coupe and convertible are sleek and supple, but make the most sense in their S and RS guises. Read more »
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
Forget this model's recent past; the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class takes a half-step up in size and a full step ahead of its peer set in sophistication -- and it's now one very charming luxury car. Read more »
TCC Rating: 8.4
2014 BMW 6-Series M Sport Edition
Whether chosen as a coupe, convertible, or four-door Gran Coupe, the 2015 BMW 6-Series offers dynamic driving and massive style. Read more »
2015 Dodge Challenger ‘Shaker’
The Challenger SRT Hellcat rules the roost; meanwhile the entire Challenger lineup gets more retro-modern than ever—all while offering up touring comfort you won't find in the other muscle coupes. Read more »
2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost
The 2015 Ford Mustang finally makes the rear-end switch--and the SVO's back, at least in spirit. Read more »
2015 Mercedes-Benz E Class 2-door Coupe E400 RWD Side Exterior View
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup is many vehicles in one, with comfort and luxury across the board and sporty manners for those who want them. Read more »
2015 Lexus RC F
The 2015 Lexus RC Coupe takes the brand in a racier—yet still sensible—direction; and it's one of the best-looking Lexus models yet. Read more »
2015 BMW 2-Series
2015 BMW 2-Series
The 2015 BMW 2-Series is a well-rounded luxury sports coupe with looks, handling, features, and speed that belie its entry-level positioning. Read more »
2015 BMW 4-Series
2015 BMW 4-Series
The 2015 BMW 4-Series Coupe and Convertible build on the bones of the 3-Series sport sedan, with comparable performance but a little more flesh and flair. Read more »
2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0
The 2015 Scion FR-S is simple, straightforward, and well-executed, making it the perfect affordable sports car. Read more »
2015 Subaru BRZ
The 2015 Subaru BRZ has the same excellent steering and handling that you can find in significantly more expensive sports cars, making it just as much fun in many cases. Read more »