Luxury coupes are stylish and have some key advantages compared with other cars. Many offer nimble handling and an interior that will spoil you. With lots of high-tech features, good performance and cachet, luxury coupes are a stylish option to luxury sedans. Here are the specs and features of luxury coupes to help you decide which one is right for you.
Some luxury coupes are performance-oriented, while others are intended to be comfortable cruisers. Coupes like the Porsche 911 and the Chevrolet Corvette are very different, but they both attract buyers looking for exemplary performance. Both the Corvette and the 911 focus their efforts on speed, power and agility.
Coupes like the BMW 128i and the Mercedes-Benz E350 can’t match the sporty performance of the Corvette or the Porsche; however, they’re great if you’re looking for a stylish, fun-to-drive car that’s comfortable enough for daily use. Their fuel economy ratings are a bit better than those of the Corvette, at 19/28 mpg city/highway for a 128i with a manual transmission and 20/30 mpg in the E350. Both cars also offer a bit more practicality than the Corvette and Boxster, partially because they offer back seats.
If saving money at the pump is a priority, use the Environmental Protection Agency’s website to check fuel economy ratings for the vehicles you’re interested in. The EPA even tells you how much you can expect to spend on fuel each year based on the current price of gas and how far you can drive on a tank of gas.
Most luxury coupes don’t have exceptional fuel economy ratings because they tend to sacrifice gas mileage in the interest of power and performance. However, you can still find a luxury coupe that won’t break the bank whenever you stop at the pump.
The BMW 640i gets 23/33 mpg city/highway, while the smaller, less expensive Audi TT gets 22/31 mpg. Those ratings are better than most other luxury coupes’ ratings. Fuel economy ratings aren’t as high for coupes like the Cadillac CTS coupe, which gets just 18/27 mpg city/highway. Meanwhile, the 556-horsepower Cadillac CTS-V coupe gets 12/18 mpg city/highway, which is worse than a four-wheel drive Chevrolet Suburban.
Coupes can seat two, four or five people, but in almost every model, only the driver and front passenger will be comfortable. Since coupes only have two doors, accessing the back row can be somewhat difficult. Plus, coupes tend to have sloping rooflines that look great from the outside but can cut down on rear-seat headroom.
While most coupes fit two people comfortably in the front, watch out for smaller models like the BMW Z4. Drivers and passengers who are 6 feet or taller may not fit inside this tiny coupe.
Even though some performance-oriented coupes can offer a great deal of luxury, not all coupes come standard with a lot of extra gadgets. Performance cars tend to skimp on technology features so the driver can focus on the driving experience. However, if you want some of the latest and greatest technology features, be sure to check out the options list.
The Infiniti G37 coupe is a great example of a car that offers a long list of features. This coupe comes standard with leather seats, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, push-button start and a backup camera, but you can equip it with a lot more. A moonroof, Bose sound system and a navigation system are optional. Regardless of the options you choose, reviewers say the G37 is fun to drive, thanks to its 330-horsepower V6 engine and athletic suspension.
Coupes aren’t the best choice if you need lots of room for cargo. Coupes are not utilitarian vehicles, but their trunks can usually handle luggage for a weekend getaway or a week’s worth of groceries.
At 7.4 cubic feet, the Infiniti G37 coupe has one of the smallest trunks among luxury coupes. The Cadillac CTS coupe has 10.5 cubic feet of trunk space, while the Audi A5 offers 12.2 cubic feet. Still, that isn’t much space when compared with similarly-priced sedans, which can offer up to 16 cubic feet. For a very spacious sports coupe, the Chevy Corvette has 22.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Decent interior storage is important as well. Look for spacious glove compartments and deep center consoles. Even if the rear seats aren’t fit for passengers, the back seats of a coupe can increase your cargo space, especially if they fold down.
Is a Luxury Coupe Right for You?
Luxury coupe models offer extra style and performance. If you’re looking for a sporty new vehicle and don’t need much extra space, a luxury coupe is a great choice for your next car.