2018 BMW 230 RWD Coupe
A very good thing in a small package — that is the BMW 230i coupe. In an era when automatic transmissions are removing the fun from driver’s cars, the 230i offers a 6-speed manual transmission. The standard 248-horsepower 2.0-liter intercooled turbo four-cylinder engine can be equipped with a fine 8-speed automatic if the manual is too much work.
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club (M6)
You don’t usually think of the Mazda Miata as a coupe, but in folding-hardtop form, the legendary two-seater is as fun to drive as its soft-top-equipped brother. It offers more than adequate power from its SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine, but the joy of the car emanates from its exceptional handling. Its short wheelbase, direct steering, and compact size makes it a cornering demon.
2018 Nissan 370Z Base (M6) Coupe
In production for more than a decade without significant changes, the Nissan 370Z might be expected to be dated. What is impressive is how well the attractive coupe does versus newer competition. The 332 horsepower from its 3.7-liter V-6 engine will never go out of style. Its mission as a full-on sports car has changed, and we think most of its buyers will appreciate its softer ride and effortless steering.
2018 Dodge Challenger SXT RWD
No, in SXT trim the handsome Dodge Challenger coupe doesn’t sport the fabled HEMI V-8 engine. But if you give it a chance, the Challenger with the 305-horsepower Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 will surprise you. Teamed up with a slick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, the V-6-powered Challenger is more well-balanced that the V-8 version, making it a fun-to-drive package.
2018 Toyota 86 Base (M6)
If the Toyota 86 had been introduced in another era, it would have been a giant hit. Instead, in this era of crossovers, this great handling, fun-to-pilot sports coupe is an asterisk in the Toyota lineup. That’s a shame because its 205-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, 6-speed manual transmission and — even more important — its well-balanced chassis make it a very rewarding ride with impressive all-around characteristics.
2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1LS Coupe
The Chevrolet Camaro isn’t as big as it used to be both in sheer size and sales results. But the handier size matches up well with the 275-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. With its 6-speed manual transmission, traction control, electronic stability control, and well-tuned suspension, the Camaro is a willing partner when the roads get twisty and driving fun begins.
2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback Deluxe
Ford has led the way with powerful yet economical direct-injected, turbocharged engines, and the Ford Mustang is a primary beneficiary. It gets 310 horsepower out of just 2.3 liters of four-cylinder displacement. That means that the car’s weight is more evenly distributed over its wheels for predictable handling and excellent road-holding. On top of that, the current Mustang is one of the best-looking coupes on the road.
2018 Subaru BRZ Premium (M6)
The kissing cousin of the already mentioned Toyota 86, the Subaru BRZ is equally capable and can be more elaborately equipped. It’s powered by the same horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that drives the Toyota 86, and it is available with a 6-speed manual transmission to help the good times roll. Other differences from the 86 are mostly cosmetic. Some like the 86’s details better; other prefer the Subaru BRZ.
2019 MINI Hardtop 2dr
For many people, all they have to do is look at the MINI Cooper Hardtop to fall in love. It has that cute, chuck-me-under-the-chin look. It also can be equipped to handle like a true sports coupe albeit without tons of romping torque. Standard features of the MINI Hardtop Cooper include a willing 134-horsepower 1.5-liter three-cylinder intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed manual transmission, traction control, and electronic stability control.
2018 Honda Civic LX (M6) Coupe
The Honda Civic Coupe is actually two cars in one. First, there is the hyper-economical commuter and grocery-getting, that the Civic can be during the week. Then there’s the 158-horsepower canyon-running fun-machine the Civic Coupe turns into on the weekends. The good news is you don’t have to buy two cars to get all that the Civic has to offer, which is why it is typically one of the bestselling cars in the country.