5 Essential Things to Know About Owning a Coupe

Coupes, which are generally two-door vehicles, are often based on a larger sedan model within the same vehicle line. There are also some cars that have hatchbacks, yet are still classified as coupes due to having only two doors. If you’re considering buying a coupe, there are a few essential things you need to know before making your decision.

Available as Economy or Luxury Models

When most think of two-door vehicles, smaller compacts often come to mind. While there are a number of coupes, like the Honda Civic, that start at around $18,000 or more, there are also many others that have significantly higher price tags. For example, a 2016 Audi R8 starts at $162,900 - and that's before you start adding on optional extras.

Fuel Economy

The ever-fluctuating gas prices that plague us today have many focusing on the overall fuel economy offered by a particular vehicle. Generally, coupes provide higher fuel economy than their larger counterparts, with some providing 30 mpg or better. Even those with larger engines offer improved fuel economy compared to what was provided by similar engines in the past. A coupe's aerodynamic shape adds to this.

Engine Size

When many buyers think of a coupe, they often jump to the four-cylinder options, especially when considering the lower end models or hatchbacks. However, coupes today are available with both six- and eight-cylinder engines as well, providing plenty of power in a smaller body style. When owning a coupe, the options are as varied as they are with other vehicle models, ensuring there is the right combination of size and power to meet your driving style and performance needs.

Number of Passengers

If you have a large family or you frequently have several passengers in your vehicle, keep in mind that a coupe has considerably less space for seating. While some may have both front and back seats, the rear seats are often only comfortable for children or only one or two adults. If you plan to use the rear seat for child safety seats, additional available space will be reduced considerably.

Cargo Space

Coupes are also not conducive to carrying much cargo. While you might be able to fit a load of groceries in the trunk, packing luggage for an extended vacation could be problematic. Make sure to consider the amount of stuff you haul around frequently to ensure a coupe is the right option for your needs.

Owning a coupe can deliver improved value and gas mileage, but there are also trade-offs related to their smaller size. Make sure to consider your options, and contact YourMechanic for a pre-purchase inspection if you are buying used.


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