Let’s be honest. Coupes are fun to drive. They are sporty, sleek, and designed for the open road. Additionally, many coupes get better gas mileage than bigger sedans. So, there are definitely plenty of reasons to choose a 2-door vehicle for your next purchase.
However, there are quite a few different coupes on the market. How can anyone shop for the right one? Many coupes are quite pricey too, so this list is designed to help you make the best decision. Here you will find the best coupes under 30k.
1. Nissan 370Z
This is a sporty little coupe that will definitely catch attention when it rolls down the road. Coming in at an MSRP for a base model at $29,990, this is certainly at the top of the line for coupes under 30k. However, the somewhat higher price tag may be worth it for the Nissan 370Z.
This car offers decent gas mileage for a sports model at 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. There are plenty of options and ways to upgrade this car, too, including the snazzy NISMO edition that looks even sportier. As far as safety features, this model comes with airbags, anti-lock brakes, brake assistant, and traction control. The coupe is known for a smooth ride and ideal handling for a sports car.
2. MINI Cooper
MINI has certainly become a popular brand of car in recent years with more and more of the tiny cars being seen on the highway everyday. Anyone looking for a 2-door model should consider the MINI Cooper Coupe. Known for it’s easy handling, this little car also gets excellent fuel economy at 29 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway.
This MINI also includes plenty of safety features, like driver, passenger, and side airbags. Additionally, the car has daytime running lights and headlights that auto-level themselves. Brake assist, traction control and electronic stability control all ensure a safer ride too. The only concern about the MINI Cooper Coupe is that interior controls can be somewhat confusing to the new driver, but once you learn them, then are never a problem.
3. Chevrolet Camaro
Anyone wanting a larger sized coupe will find the Chevrolet Camaro appealing. This classic sports car offers a powerful engine and fantastic handling, according to drivers. And, it definitely comes in under 30k since a base model Coupe LT will cost around $25,700 MSRP. It’s even possible to go up to a larger engine and still stay under the 30K cap.
The Chevrolet Camaro received an overall rating of 9.3 out of 10 from the U.S. News and World Report ranking of best cars. This ranking factors in critic reviews, performance, interior design, reliability, and safety too. People who have purchased the Chevrolet Camaro state that it is fast and quiet, and simply a joy to drive on the highway and in the city.
4. Scion FR-S
This coupe doesn’t have the power of the sportier cars on this list, but the Scion FR-S still has plenty to offer. It’s noted for great handling, a user-friendly interior, and comfortable seats. The base model automatic Scion FR-S comes in at $26,405 MSRP, so it is well under the 30K cap. That means buyers could add in extra features without going over their spending limit.
The gas mileage on this Scion is respectable at 25 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway, which is much better than you will find in any of the sportier cars on this list. The NHTSA has rated the Scion FR-S with five stars overall and five stars in both side crash and rollover. It received a still a good four stars in front crashes too.
5. Fiat 500
This is another little coupe that may not offer all the power of a sports car, but provide incredible handling and plenty of features. The best part is the Fiat 500 comes in a number of different trims, and they all fall under the 30k cap:
– Pop, $16,845
– Ribelle, $16,845
– Sport. $17,700
– Turbo, $19,700
– Abarth (top of the line), $26,595
That means each buyer will be able to choose the perfect trim and vehicle specs for their own needs. The Fiat 500 also has respectable safety rankings, getting four out of five stars on overall, front crash, and rollover. Side crash received the top five out of five stars. The newest models include a few standard features, like Bluetooth and extra USB ports as well.
6. Honda Accord Coupe
A classic body style and plenty of extra features make the Honda Accord an ideal choice for a coupe under 30k. In fact, the base model of this car comes in at $23,875 MSRP, so there is room to add in options and features while staying under budget. Even the top of the line trim only costs just over $28,000, making this a very affordable vehicle. One of the nicest features about the Accord Coupe is the fuel efficiency. It gets 35 MPG on the highway and 26 MPG in the city.
The Accord Coupe offers a number of options to personalize the body and interior. And, it doesn’t sacrifice power for a family-friendly style. The base model features a V6 engine with 278 horsepower.
7. Ford Mustang
If you are looking for a muscle car, then it is certainly hard to go wrong with the classic Ford Mustang. This sports coupe has been around for a very long time and is known for its powerful engines, unique design, and smooth drive. The price of a Mustang can vary greatly and even go over the 30K cap, but for a base model fastback coupe with a V6 engine, the MSRP is $23,895.
When it comes to safety, the Mustang is hard to beat, receiving a full five out of five stars overall and in rollover, front, and side crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Safety features include multiple airbags, ABS systems, stability control, and traction control as well.
8. Hyundai Genesis
A extremely sporty little car, the Hyundai Genesis offers quite a few different upgrades to make it look and feel more like a racing vehicle. The price stays under the cap too, and a base model automatic with a 3.8 liter engine comes in at $27,950 MSRP. This car comes with a V6 engine and 231 horsepower. An ultimate edition with upgrades and a more powerful engine is available, but the price tag goes up considerably.
The base model automatic Hyundai Genesis gets around 16 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. That’s not as good as some of the other coupes we have seen, but that’s largely due to the bigger engine and sportier design and trim.
9. Honda Civic Si
Most people are more familiar with the Honda Civic Sedan, which is a bigger model with four doors. However, there is also a Civic Si Coupe. The MSRP on this car is $23,910 for the base model. The Si model includes a sportier exterior with a 205 horsepower, four-cylinder engine. Lower suspension in this car ensures better handling on the highway or in the city too.
The Civic Si also gets respectable gas mileage at 22 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. The car has been named as one of the top safety picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well, getting high rankings in all areas from crash tests. The NHTSA also gave it five out of five stars in most safety areas also.
10. Volkswagen Golf GTI
If you are looking for a fun little hatchback that remains a coupe while offering plenty of room, then the Volkswagen Golf GTI may appeal to you. In the base model, you can expect an MSRP of $26,425, which is nicely under the 30k mark. Performance isn’t sacrificed despite the hatchback style. The base model of the coupe includes a 2.0 liter turbo four engine with 210 horsepower. A performance package allows for 10 more horsepower and other features to create a sportier ride.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI has been named as one of the 10 best vehicles by Car and Driver for 2016. It has also received top safety rankings from U.S. News and World Report as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes standard with such safety features as multiple airbags, brake assist, and auto leveling headlights.
11. Kia Forte Koup
Anyone interested in a coupe that is less sporty and more roomy will be interested in the Kia Forte Koup. This sleek model comes in at $19,415 MSRP, which makes it one of the lower priced vehicles on this list. Despite looking more family friendly, the Koup still includes a 173 horsepower, 2.0 liter engine. A turbocharged model is available as well. The Forte Koup gets respectable gas mileage as well at 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Forte Koup top rankings in all crash areas, including side collision, strength of the roof, safety of the seats and head restraints, and front impact too. The NHTSA also gave this car high ratings for safety.
12. Subaru BRZ
The Subaru BRZ is an extremely sporty looking vehicle, especially when extra features, like spoilers, are added. It doesn’t have the power some other vehicles have on this list though. It only offers a four-cylinder engine, but it is still powerful enough to be fun to drive. The Subaru is better known for its incredible handling and responsiveness, though.
The base model automatic Subaru BRZ has an MSRP of $28,485. So, it is well under the 30K cap. Additionally, the car gets very good gas mileage at 25 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway. As far as safety, the BRZ received top marks in all areas by the NHTSA. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the car top marks in rear collision, front impact, side collision and roof strength too.
13. Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Challenger isn’t what comes to most people’s minds when they think of a coupe, but it does fit in the category. This a muscle car with a V8 engine even in the base models. A V6 engine is also available for people who would prefer better gas mileage. The MSRP for a basic V6 is $26,995 and for a V8 with upgraded trim, you could expect to pay $29,995.
Surprisingly, the gas mileage is not nearly as bad as one may expect on these sports cars as well. The V6 will get 15 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. The larger engine will get 14 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. Obviously, this is not nearly as good as the fuel economy on other cars we have discussed, but the Challenger comes with a great deal more power.
If you are interested in a coupe, keep in mind that you have quite a few options. Some are sportier and quick while others maintain more of a family car style and provide better gas mileage and storage space. No matter what you are looking for, if you choose a coupe from this list, you can expect a quality vehicle at an affordable price tag too.