The coupes are popular with consumers who value style over practicality. For them, to have smashing good looks appears to matter more than cargo space or passenger space.
These vehicle also tend to appeal to those looking to get in some seriously fun driving time. Coupes can be small, compact, light in the body, smooth and tight to the ground – making for awesome handling and razor quick cornering. There are only two-doors on a coupe, however, there are so many variations in the coupe class that there is sure to be one to please every consumer.
Obviously cargo area is not a big thing for coupe owners. They have limited cargo space and even though they typically have a back seat, it’s small and cramped. There is a standard trunk offering some relief. Most of the coupes are based on four-door sedans with the bulk of them now being compact or midsize. The economy coupes price out around $10,000 and larger coupes can go over the $60,000 mark. At the low end of the scale, the coupes come in slightly lower than their four-door sedan counterparts. At the higher end, the coupes usually price out slightly higher than their four-door version.
At the high end of the scale, the insurance companies look on coupes as they do sports cars and usually charge high premiums. At the low end of the scale, the vehicles have low initial costs and good fuel economy so the insurance companies smile on them with reasonable premiums. These premiums tend to be close to par with the four-door sedan vehicle. The coupes are small and usually come with a four cylinder engine. This offers sufficient power with the added benefit of great fuel mileage – often returning over 30 miles per gallon. The midsize coupes have a six cylinder engine that promises a more thrilling ride but of course, there is less efficient fuel mileage. The luxury coupes that step up even higher often having an eight cylinder engine. Here is a vehicle that can really move – but you’ll pay for it at the pump every time. Most coupes come with a choice of a manual or an automatic transmission.
Like any small vehicle, safety can be an issue just due to their size. These vehicles usually come well equipped with safety features and the midsize coupes often have the same features that would be found in the traditional family car. Most of the vehicles also offer many of the same convenience and luxury features as standard vehicles.
2006 Honda Civic Coupe
Most coupes have more than their fair share of class and driveability but the Honda Civic coupe tops the list in style and practicality for its price. The Honda Civic coupe has been around since July of 1972 when it was introduced as a two-door coupe. The earlier models were basic economic vehicles but that is no longer true as the newer ones come loaded with many luxury features. The vehicle has gone through eight complete generations and this particular model falls into the last one.
Part of the attraction for the 2006 Honda Civic Coupe is the fuel economy. Depending on which engine the vehicle is configured with, the fuel economy is rated between 23 mpg to 20 mpg in the city and between 32 mpg to 40 mpg on the highway. The Civic Si coupe was introduced just after the initial debut of the 2006 models – the sedan variation arrived a few months after that in 2007. Vehicle Stability Assist was first offered in this vehicle. The Si trim offers a 2.0-liter DOHC four cylinder engine with i-VTEC variable valve timing and a much sportier styling.
The vehicle is available in four trims, the DX, XL EX, and Si. Highlights of the changes for this generation are a larger engine – now a 1.8 L engine with a six-speed manual transmission for all models but the Si, which receives a 197 horsepower 2.0-iter. Standard across all trims are power windows, anti-lock brakes, side and curtain airbags and one other important change – the 2006 Honda Civic Coupe has received ULEV-2 (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) certification. The interior of the Honda Civic Coupe, although well featured doesn’t offer any spare interior space and the back seat passengers comfort never really enters into the equation.
2007-2008 BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series wins out as one of the best used coupes on the market today. German engineering and classy styling goes a long way to making this a standout vehicle.
When it first hit the market the BMW 3 Series was an entry-level compact. It’s come a long ways since then having going through five generations and five different body styles. But consumers loved it then and love it now whether we’re talking new or used - the BMW 3 Series is it. In 2005, US sales alone hit 98,000 units moving it to the top of the list of best selling foreign luxury sedan. Why? Because it’s everything a coupe should be – snazzy yet practical, functional yet comfortable – in a luxury sort of way, of course. The BMWs can be separated by the platform they are built on. These ones here are the E90 platforms with the coupes being E92s.
Confused yet? Don’t be. The E92 coupe comes in the following models - 328i, 328xi, 335i, and 335xi models. All the E92s are fully packed with luxury and convenience packages and even more important, they all have heart. Many different engines are available from a 3.0-liter inline six producing 230 horsepower to a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine offering 300 horsepower. The performance of these little vehicles offer a whole lot of get up and go. Even at the entry level they outperform the competition.
The coupes carry five occupants and some decent cargo space. The rear seating space is average but quite acceptable. These cars hold their values well and for anyone looking for responsive handling they are a step above. Small but well defined, like many of the other 3 Series vehicles, the cars have many luxury features but it’s all about handling and driving experience.
2005-2008 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
This car is not for the casual driver. This vehicle was designed to perform but is quite easy drive as a weekday commuter. Chevrolet never intended this vehicle as a family vehicle. Instead they focused on what they do best - speed and performance. However, if you like to hit the open road on Sundays and eat up the miles, this is the coupe for you. This vehicle is slung low to the ground, which is great for hugging the road and whipping up some speed but you will pay for it by feeling every bump and dip on the road.
The Corvette has been around since 1953 and has gone through many evolutions of change. This model is in the sixth or ‘C6’ and the most current generation.
The highlights for this generation are the overhaul of the suspension, bodywork, and redefined interior. This Corvette also received a LS2 V-8 engine that produces 400 horsepower as well as some unique shifts in design. It is shorter than its predecessor but has a longer wheelbase. The new design also cut off one inch in width. There are three transmissions available. In 2005, there was a four-speed automatic, but by 2006 there was a six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual transmission.
Expect the fuel economy to reflect the power and performance. When configured with an automatic transmission the vehicle manages 18 mile per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway. With the manual transmission, the rating is 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The Corvette’s manual transmission system has computer aided gear shifting.