Coupes

There was a time when seemingly every car had a two-door variant, but today's mass-market coupes focus on performance. These cars are mostly rear-wheel-drive and may even offer a manual transmission.
2020 Honda Civic
1
Redesigned in 2016

Honda Civic

MSRP
$20,950 - $27,150
Edmunds Rating
8.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 35
2020 Subaru BRZ
2
Introduced in 2013

Subaru BRZ

MSRP
$28,845 - $31,495
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 27
2019 Toyota 86
3
Introduced in 2013

Toyota 86

MSRP
$26,655 - $32,420
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 27


Muscle cars

As American as triple cheeseburgers, muscle cars are brawny coupes based on the age-old belief that there's no problem a bigger engine can't fix. What's new these days is that impressive handling is now part of the package.
1
Redesigned in 2015

Ford Mustang

MSRP
$26,670 - $46,705
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 24
2
Redesigned in 2008

Dodge Challenger

MSRP
$28,095 - $76,595
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 23
3
Redesigned in 2016

Chevrolet Camaro

MSRP
$25,000 - $62,000
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 23

Luxury coupes

Luxury coupes offer some sporting chops, but they also deliver high-class interiors packed with the latest technology features and creature comforts. These are coupes in a classic sense, offering almost everything you expect from a sedan in a sleek body with extra performance.

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1
Introduced in 2014

BMW 4 Series

The BMW 4 Series offers a satisfying balance of comfort, capability, practicality, and technology, along with the rare option of a manual gearbox. But while it's hard to find faults with the 4 Series, it faces serious challenges from newer rivals.
MSRP
$44950 - $53350
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 27
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2
Introduced in 2015

Lexus RC 300

While the Lexus RC 300 is comfortable and stylish, its performance doesn't match that of other luxury coupes. You may want to look elsewhere if you're in search of a car that can deliver luxury and thrills in equal measure.
MSRP
$41295 - $48540
Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 24
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3
Introduced in 2013

Cadillac ATS Coupe

The Cadillac ATS is an eye-catching coupe that earns high marks for its fun-to-drive quotient. However, it lags in refinement, interior execution and comfort. The noisy cabin, tiny trunk and frustrating controls mean the ATS can't quite keep pace.
MSRP
$37895 - $49795
Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 25

Luxury sport coupes

Don't let the name fool you. While there's plenty of luxury in this class, it also contains some of the most uncompromising go-fast machines on the market.

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1
Redesigned in 2020

Chevrolet Corvette

The Corvette goes midengine for 2020 and is the hottest new sports car on the market. Chevrolet has taken its performance icon and improved it in nearly every way. It's bonkers fast, it handles beautifully, manages traffic and daily errands well, and is still (relatively) affordable.
MSRP
$58900 - $70850
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
19
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2
Redesigned in 2020

Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 is the product of relentless evolution. Its rear engine placement is unique in the motoring world, and its instantly recognizable styling is complemented by outstanding driving dynamics. The 911 remains a benchmark among sports cars.
MSRP
$97400 - $120600
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
20
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3
Redesigned in 2019

BMW 8 Series

The BMW 8 Series is remarkable for its ability to deliver performance and comfort in abundance. Its interior is modern, elegant, and packed with tech, and there's more trunk space than its sleek exterior suggests. Choosing between this and the venerable Porsche 911 will be a tough decision.
MSRP
$87900 - $111900
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 25


Exotic sport coupes

If you absolutely need to be there yesterday, you need an exotic sport coupe. Face-melting performance, eye-popping design and wallet-melting prices come together to make the kind of car that belongs on a poster on a kid's bedroom wall.

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1
Introduced in 2016

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

With raucous power from a twin-turbo V8, striking style and a wide range of luxury appointments, the Mercedes-AMG GT is a delightful mash-up of a sports car and a luxury coupe.
MSRP
$115900 - $162900
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 18
RankVehicleAdditional Information
2

Lamborghini Huracan

The Lamborghini Huracan EVO combines disorienting levels of acceleration and handling performance with a composed and comfortable ride and a well finished interior to become a true everyday supercar.
MSRP
Not available
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
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3
Redesigned in 2017

Audi R8

The Audi R8 shares DNA with real racecars and sports a gloriously high-revving V10 engine that's mounted amidships for excellent balance. We don't have to tell you it’s fast, but it’s also surprisingly easy and comfortable to drive.
MSRP
$169900 - $195900
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
16


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Best Muscle Cars — Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, But What Else?

Best Muscle Cars — Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, But What Else?

ELANA SCHERR: Everybody on my Instagram is posting push-up challenges right now. Don't worry. You are not going to get any exercise posts from me. But that doesn't mean I'm not interested in building muscle. I just prefer burnouts to pull-ups. Then there's going to be giant burnout. This is going to be great. [TIRES SCREECHING] The term muscle car came about in the late '60s and early '70s, but you don't have to have a classic car to flex your muscle. This is my top 10 list of modern muscle cars. [MUSIC PLAYING] Oh, we need rules. If we're doing this, we need rules, right? OK. Horsepower divided by torque with cylinders-- how many, eight? American, four doors, two doors? Could be all-wheel drive. How long a burnout versus how fast? This is hard. In the old days, a muscle car was an American car company's most powerful engine in its sportiest mid-sized car. Think GTO, Hemi Charger, Big Block Chevelle. Then there were the pony cars, which is where you'd get your Challengers, Camaros, Mustangs, AMC, AMXs. Following those rules now would mean that this entire list would be nothing but Camaro, Challenger, and Mustang in various trim levels from base V8 to top of the line-- all great cars, but kind of a boring video. So I opened up the definition to all makes and models. These are my only criteria. Number one, it's available now or it was within the last couple of years. Number two, it's one of the most powerful cars made by the company, and driving it will make you laugh. I expect this list is going to make you very angry. Heck, it made me angry, and I wrote it. Let's get to it. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number 10, Tesla Model S Performance. Are you mad yet? OK, well, half of you get to commenting about how it's totally unacceptable for Tesla to be on a muscle car list, and the other half of you get to commenting about how it's totally unacceptable for it not to be number one on the muscle car list. Let me just tell you why I picked it and put it where it is-- so freaking fast. Sure, no V8 engine, no engine at all, but the Tesla's performance is out of this world. And it has a lot of kind of trick options for showing off, which is very muscle car era. It has a 0 to 60 time of 2.4 seconds. That's half, half of what it took a classic muscle car. Modern times, modern muscle. So why isn't the Tesla higher on the list? Well, first of all, price. It's $100,000 for the fastest one. And I don't think a muscle car has to be cheap necessarily, but it should be cheaper than that. Mostly, though, it's about sound. Sound is a really important part of the muscle car experience, and the Tesla just doesn't do it for me. Sorry. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number nine, BMW M8. Did I just say that price was a factor and then pick a car that cost $133,000? Yes, yes, I did. But blame Mark Takahashi. My BMW pick was the M5, which is also a 600-horsepower bruiser, but cost about $30,000 less. Then Mark came in, and he was like, no, M8 because it's a two door. It's more muscly. And you know, I just didn't have the energy to fight with him. I think he could take me, really. Think he could kick my ass. Point is, BMW makes some monster muscle. And the all-wheel drive M8 has a rear wheel drive mode so you can kick out the back end and do those very important burnouts. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number eight, Nissan GT-R. Why is the GT-R on this list? Well, it is brutally, stupidly fast. It has a 0 to 60 time that competes with the Tesla, and it can do it all day long. Plus, it's kind of unexpected in Nissan's lineup. It's funny to look back at the early days of Pontiac and Chrysler and realize how stodgy those brands were, and then bam, GTO. The GT-R is kind of Nissan's version of that. Why is it back at number eight? Well, the price, over $100,000. And it's a V6. Yes, it's a nearly 600-horsepower V6, but still it is missing some cylinders. Got to be a V8, new rule that I just made up right now. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number seven, Mercedes AMG E63 and the Audi S8. Yep, it's a tie. It's a tie of two cars that at first glance shouldn't even be on this list, but hear me out. It's a tie because both the Mercedes and the Audi are nearly 600 horsepower. The AMG is a little bit over, and the S8's a little bit under. Both are surprisingly fast, faster than anything that big has a right to be. Why are big luxury cars on my muscle car list? Again, if we go back to the muscle car era, the big engines came out of big cars. And the Chrysler 300 and huge cube Cadillacs were surprisingly powerful. Also, a lot of the popular cars like, say, Plymouth Roadrunner were available in wagon form like the Mercedes is. So you could get a big engine in an unexpected body, and that makes it a sleeper, which everyone knows is the coolest relative of the muscle car. This is an '81 Trans Am, so it made about 200 horsepower. It's not really impressive compared to the classic muscle cars. Made about 400. But in '81, there wasn't much that was making more. So I'm going to say '81 Turbo Trans Am, still a muscle car-- just little muscle. Number six, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. [DOG BARKS] Yeah, you heard me. [MUSIC PLAYING] The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is powered by the same engine that Dodge put in the Charger and Challenger-- 700 horsepower, 6.2-liter Hemi. So yeah, it is an SUV, but I mean, with all that horsepower and kind of a low stance, it's not really an off-roader. So if it isn't a muscle car, what is it? I'm making a new rule. Anything with a Hellcat engine is a muscle car. But nothing with four doors can be in the top three. Is that OK? Is that OK with you? Yeah? Going to be all right? He says it's OK. Number five is the Lexus RC F. It's the least horsepower on this list, with a 5 liter making 472 horses. What a world we live in when nearly 500 horsepower isn't bragworthy. The Lexus is on our list because it looks so muscly, with a long hood, and a short deck, and rear wheel drive, two doors. Plus, if you pay more, you can get a wing. And nothing is more muscly than a wing. Just ask anyone with a Plymouth Superbird. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number four Dodge Hellcat Charger. Dang those pesky rear doors. The Charger has the distinction of being the only car on our list to have been an actual muscle car by the strictest standards. Dodge introduced the Charger in 1966 and redesigned it in 1968 to the more famous Coke bottle design. In my opinion, that second-generation Charger is one of the prettiest American cars ever made. And it's also a very famous design. Seen it in movies like Bullet and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. It's also in a TV show. What was it called? Um-- Dukes of Hazzard? I don't know. I never heard of it. Today's Charger has too many doors to crack the top three-- see the rule that I made during number six-- but it's one of the best all-around cars on our list, impressive even in 392 trim and downright remarkable as a Hellcat. [MUSIC PLAYING] Onto the pony cars. I wish I could declare a three-way tie for the top three because each one is good in a different muscular way. At number three is the Chevy Camaro, obviously ZL1 because it's top dog with 650 horsepower. But a Camaro SS still lifts plenty of weight. The reason the Camaro isn't higher on the list is because the back seat is small, and visibility is bad. And those are sports car attributes. A proper muscle car shouldn't feel cramped. Number two is the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. With two doors and a couple of variants of the incredible Hellcat engine, what else could it be but the Dodge Challenger? I mean, Redeye gets the pick because 797 horses. But the 717 horse regular Hellcat is no slouch, nor for that matter is the 392, the 485 horses. The Challenger is the closest to a traditional muscle car on our list despite being based on a pony car design. It's roomy, comfortable, and happiest in a straight line rather than a corkscrew. That said, all the cars on this list are astonishing performers on a road course, as well as a drag strip. There's just no room for one-trick ponies anymore. [MUSIC PLAYING] And here we are, number one, the car that put the pony in pony cars, the Ford Mustang. For maximum muscle, we're going to go with the GT500 with its 760 horsepower and 11-second quarter mile times. But like the others in the top three, the base GT is good too, everything a muscle car needs-- horsepower, style, legacy, the ability to make you look powerful even if you've never seen the inside of a gym. That's why it's our number one. If you want more details on exactly why the top three ended up in the order that they did, watch our previous muscle car comparison from back in the days when we were all allowed to hang out together and go to race tracks. Oh my god, that was hard. I hate top 10 lists. I'm going to go online and start arguing with myself. You should too. Tell me what you'd put on your top 10 list. [REVVING]

Edmunds' Elana Scherr lists the best muscle cars of 2020, including American muscle cars and other, more unusual choices. She also explains what makes a classic muscle car and gives her Top 10 picks for the best modern muscle cars on sale.

FAQ

What are the best coupes on the market?
Coupes come in all sorts of flavors for all sorts of shoppers. For an affordable two-door that's fun to drive every day, our top pick is the Honda Civic. If you're looking for an American muscle car with a range of powerful engines including some incredible V8s, we recommend the Ford Mustang. But shoppers after serious performance should check out the Chevrolet Corvette, which delivers breakneck acceleration and handling. Learn more
What is the top-rated coupe for 2019?
Our top-rated affordable coupe for 2019 is the Honda Civic. Available in a variety of trims, the Civic is practical and a good value, while also offering plenty of fun for drivers, especially in its Si trim. 2019 was also the final year of the seventh-generation 911, our top-rated luxury sport coupe at the time. It's impeccable handling, premium interior, and powerful engines made it an easy favorite. Learn more
What is the top-rated coupe for 2018?
For 2018, our top-rated muscle car, the Ford Mustang, received a mild makeover with new styling and updates to the engine options. We like the Mustang for its power and style, along with its civilized ride quality. The Audi TT came in as the top-rated luxury coupe. The TT's turbocharged performance and technology-packed interior helped it claim the top spot. Learn more
What are the best used coupes to buy?
Look for "CPO" or certified pre-owned vehicles if you're shopping for used coupe. With so many coupes to choose from, it's important to know what you're looking for. Many coupes offer a variety of trims with different performance and handling characteristics, with some trading comfort or other features in pursuit of extra speed. Edmunds can help you research used coupes so you can be confident you're getting the right one for you. Learn more

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