Reasons Why Many Car Buyers Prefer Coupes

Posted on: 29 December 2020

The best-selling automobiles in the United States are sedans, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and crossovers. Most people find two-door cars inconvenient because space is lacking, and backseat passengers must climb in through the front doors. Yet two-door models, known in the industry as coupes, continue to be relatively strong in the car sales marketplace. Style is an important aspect, and in some cases, pricing is part of the equation. Here are some things to consider when you are looking to buy a new care at an auto dealership. 

The Cool Look

The sporty appearance is intrinsic to many two-door models, including the most popular muscle cars. The Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro are not available in four-door designs, and with good reason. While, some vehicle manufacturers are successful in making certain automobiles look sporty even while having four doors, witness the Dodge Charger which is quite similar to the Challenger, coupes generally look more streamlined and sleeker than four-door cars do. 

People tend to think of coupes as being smaller than four-door cars. This wasn't always the case. Consider some versions of the Mercury Cougar, the Cadillac Coupe de Ville and the Chevy Bel Air that were huge, even when compared to today's larger cars. Although many consumers appreciated the stylish two-door appearance, others were taken aback at the weight and unwieldy nature of the doors. 

Today's coupes typically are compact or midsize vehicles, and can be checked for ease of backseat access and space at the dealership.

Lower Cost

Some coupes are quite pricey, particularly the higher-end brands like Lexus and Audi. But when a manufacturer offers one product as both a sedan and a coupe, the cost is virtually always lower for the two-door version. That gives consumers the chance to get the stylish look along with a better price. The two-door also is likely to get better gas mileage than the heavier four-door car.

The Honda Accord and Civic, for instance, are big sellers and are available in both versions. 

Four Doors?

To the purist, the concept of a four-door coupe makes no sense whatsoever. Nevertheless, some manufacturers have ventured into this territory, marketing some four-door models as coupes. These cars have a lower roof than a standard sedan, as well as less rear seating space. The Mercedes Benz CLS and the BMW M6 are prime examples.

Would You Buy One?

Two-door cars may not be entirely practical for many drivers, which accounts for the popularity of sedans and SUVs. If you don't need the four doors and the extra space in back, though, the sleeker and sportier design of a two-door model may be enticing. It might be time to take a look at these possibilities at a local used car dealer.