Coupes are not the most practical automotive choice, but what they lack in utility they more than make up for in style. Whether you're looking for a small, economical yet spunky ride or a roomier, long-legged grand touring machine, there's likely something here that will catch your eye. Picking the right one to suit your needs and desires often comes down to how much you're willing to pay, but as you'll see in our recommendations, there are a few other factors to consider before taking your test drives.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mini Cooper: There's something to be said for a truly engaging subcompact car with a spirited engine and a sport-tuned suspension. And that something is "fun." Along with its eye-catching, modern interpretation of the classic Mini's styling, today's Mini Cooper offers a choice of feisty yet fuel-efficient engines, athletic handling and communicative steering. With the feel of a street-legal go-kart, the Mini Cooper has an endearing personality for anyone who truly enjoys driving. And thanks to its petite dimensions, it's a snap to park in places other cars pass up. Furthering the fun factor is Mini's vast array of options that encompass nearly everything a driver could want, from an adaptive suspension to British flag-emblazoned side mirrors.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Toyota 86: Most driving enthusiasts will agree that a car that's light and has rear-wheel drive, a willing engine and a buttoned-down suspension is the recipe for a great driver's car. Toyota has that exact concoction in the form of the 86. Formerly sold under Toyota's now-defunct Scion subbrand as the FR-S, the 2017 Toyota 86 is essentially that car rebadged. This year brings a few mechanical tweaks as well as updated front and rear styling that improve what was already a highly regarded sport coupe. The 86's backseat is essentially an upholstered package shelf, and the road noise at higher freeway speeds can be annoying, but those minor demerits are a small price to pay for such a rewarding and affordable drive.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Honda Civic Coupe: Honda's Civic has long been a favorite of those who value reliability and longevity along with enjoyable driving dynamics. Now the Civic manages to also simultaneously provide two typically opposed strengths — spirited acceleration along with high fuel economy. Specifically, the Civic's available 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder can hustle the Honda to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds while boasting an EPA combined fuel economy estimate of 35 mpg. And the hits just keep coming as a roomy cabin furnished with high-quality materials and the latest convenience and safety tech features add to the Civic's allure. Looking for even more performance? Then consider the Si version, which kicks performance and handling up a few notches.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Subaru BRZ: Even a die-hard car enthusiast could easily mistake the 2017 Subaru BRZ for the Toyota 86. That's quite forgivable since these sport coupes are twins, the result of a collaboration some years back between Toyota and Subaru. As such, the BRZ similarly sports a light curb weight, rear-wheel drive, an eager engine and a well-tuned suspension that all make it every bit the entertaining automotive athlete. The shared DNA also means the BRZ has a two-thirds-scale backseat, minimal trunk capacity and noticeable road noise at highway speeds. One notable difference is the Subaru's much easier-to-use touchscreen interface. Otherwise, it's the same grin-inducing, back road-burning bargain.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Dodge Challenger: Although the reincarnated, retro-themed Dodge Challenger has been around for 10 years now, that's not to say it's been sitting still. It has kept the iconic styling that harkens back to the original Challenger of the early 1970s, but constant updates have kept it fresh, made the interior more welcoming and kept the Challenger current as far as convenience and safety features go. Still, the traditional strengths of this boulevard bruiser are here in abundance, such as full-size rear seating, a lineup of powerhouse engines, and a variety of flavors and options. Whether it's lighting up the rear tires for a bit of high school-style hijinks, shuttling the kids to practice or comfortably taking on a long road trip, the Dodge Challenger is more than up to the challenge.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Ford Mustang: With the Mustang, Ford created the pony car — a relatively compact sport coupe or convertible with a long hood and short rear deck design that offers V8 power. Now this American icon is typically called a muscle car. Semantics aside, the 2017 Ford Mustang not only packs plenty of firepower (especially in V8-powered GT form) but also a surprising level of overall refinement. And this is no one-trick pony: It has the handling chops to go along with its tire-smoking, straight-line gusto. The Mustang GT is the horse we'd ride, but even the base V6 Mustang has plenty of giddy-up and style. We'd skip the midlevel EcoBoost version; its turbocharged-four lacks refinement and just doesn't match the character of this car.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Audi A5/S5: Although this first and current generation of the Audi A5 (and its high-performance S5 sibling) has been around for nearly a decade, don't think it's gotten stale. Indeed, the A5 and S5 still bring a lot to the driveway, such as handsome styling, an impeccably trimmed cabin, athletic handling and performance that ranges from more than ample with the A5's turbocharged four-cylinder to downright speedy with the S5's supercharged V6. There's also standard all-wheel drive for more sure-footed composure in foul-weather driving. On the downside, the A5/S5 does show its age by lacking some of the latest tech features, such as adaptive cruise control and automatic braking. But with their well-rounded sporty luxury personas, these elder statesmen of the segment still manage to make the cut ahead of many newer competitors.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW 4 Series: This year brings updated names to BMW's 4 Series (the coupe version of the 3 Series). As such, the 430i represents the turbocharged four-cylinder version, while the 440i comes packing the turbocharged six. They both make a bit more power than before, not that they needed it. Our opinion remains the same: The 4 Series remains a top choice thanks to its impressive combination of performance and fuel economy along with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive and a long list of standard and available luxury features. Surprisingly, we'd choose a 430i with the responsive automatic transmission since it nearly matches the performance of the higher-rung 440i while being more fuel-efficient and less expensive.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Infiniti Q60: Fully redesigned for 2017, the Infiniti Q60 coupe, with its bulging fenders and squared-jawed "face," looks like an automotive athlete in a tight-fitting suit. Its muscle ranges from a turbocharged 208-horsepower four-cylinder in the 2.0t to a pair of turbo V6s, one in the 3.0t with 300 horsepower and the other in the Red Sport 400 with 400 hp. There is no manual transmission option, but there is a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. Comfortable seating, solid build quality and a generous standard features list even on the lower trim levels have earned the Q60 praise. The Red Sport version in particular boasts exceptionally strong performance and sharp handling, though its rather isolated steering feel will likely not win points with more serious driving enthusiasts.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe: With its emphasis on grand touring luxury rather than sporting capabilities, the 2017 E-Class coupe is a bit of a segment outlier. Yet whether you choose the E400 with its 329-hp V6 or the E550 with its 402-hp V8, performance most certainly isn't lacking, and either way you'll get a coupe with confident handling. Still, it's the undeniable aura of luxury and elegance that marks the E-Class coupe. Both of those qualities are plainly evident in the finely finished cabin and rare hardtop (no side roof pillar between the front and rear side windows) styling. The other expected Benz perks, such as the latest safety features, user-friendly electronic controls and a comfortable ride, are also present and accounted for.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Bentley Continental GT: Despite its standing as the least costly model in Bentley's lineup, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT is anything but entry-level. With engine options ranging from a 500-hp turbocharged V8 on up to a 700-hp turbocharged W12, an interior seemingly borrowed from a Gulfstream G650 jet and an incredibly refined manner on the road, the Continental GT is hard to fault. All-wheel drive effectively puts the power down and provides added peace of mind in inclement weather. Along with the Bentley's easy-handling dynamics, intuitive controls and very comfortable demeanor, the Continental is a great choice whether it is grinding out the daily commute or going on a cross-country road trip.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe: The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe stands as nothing less than one of the finest cars on the road. A bold statement, yet not surprising given this big coupe's S-Class sedan DNA. Highlights include refined yet potent turbocharged V8 and V12 engines, an amazing air suspension, and leading-edge safety and comfort features. Whether it is swiftly unraveling a twisty mountain road or rapidly dispatching hundreds of miles on an interstate cruise, the S-Class coupe performs with an unruffled ease. Meanwhile, the cabin pampers its occupants with top-notch materials and available luxuries such as a 24-speaker audio system and massaging seats. Even if you can afford to spend a lot more on an ultra-luxury grand touring coupe, the S-Class coupe deserves serious consideration.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith: The mere mention of the words "Rolls-Royce" conjures up images of very stately automobiles built with the finest materials and the best engineering, technology and craftsmanship available. Even under the closest scrutiny, the 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith fully supports that impression. With its classic radiator-style grille and sweeping fastback roofline, this imposing coupe makes a powerful visual statement unmatched by any other brand. The grandest of entries (and exits) is further assured via the rear-hinged coach doors. Once ensconced in the impossibly luxurious cabin, this driver's car of the iconic carmaker can, via its turbocharged V12 with more than 600 horsepower, swiftly escape the envious gazes and dropped jaws of the hoi polloi.