Luxury coupes are more than just two-door versions of sedans. At least, they should be for the prices they command. The best of the best offer savvy buyers performance, luxury, and style – as well as good value for the money. You certainly can’t go wrong by sticking with luxury coupes from automakers that have been in the luxury car market for a long time and have racked up solid reputations and thousands of satisfied customers.
These three choices for Best Luxury Coupe exemplify the best of all these traits – and then some. And, they’re well received by expert automotive reviewers.
- Infiniti G37 – Introduced in 2008, the rear-wheel drive (RWD) Infinity G37 coupe packs plenty of power in its 328-hp 3.7-liter V-6 engine mated to standard 6-speed manual transmission. Optional all-wheel drive (AWD) and 7-speed automatic with sport and manual shift mode just make the G37 even more desirable. Plus, G37 sports a luxurious and entertaining interior. U.S. News and World Report says “G37 is one of the most spirited performers in a class full of great driver’s cars – and often a better bargain than the BMW.” Automobile comments, “Infiniti has set its sights squarely at BMW and the new G37 is a shot that hits the 3-Series square in its Angel Eyes.” Motor Trend raves over the interior, saying “G37 resembles a Japanese calligrapher’s brush-stroke gesture drawing come to life.”
- Audi A5 – Powered by a 265-hp direct-injected 3.2-liter V-6 engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with manual shift control, the , the coupe version of A4, is strong, elegant and stylish – and it features standard Audi Quattro AWD. Edmunds comments, “If you’re in the market for a luxury sport coupe and your primary goal is to stand out from the crowd, look no further than the curvaceous 2009 Audi A5.” It also has a “finely wrought interior, but…rather pricey compared to some competitors.” The Car Connection adds that “Audi A5 rakes the road with a distinctive, subtly gorgeous shape and a modern, well-fitted cabin.” Automobile says of the interior, “All of the instruments are logically laid out, and Audi’s MMI operating system remains one of the most intuitive on the market.”
- BMW 3-Series Coupe – Edmunds says the “BMW 3-Series is poised to remain America’s best-selling luxury car, and for good reason – it’s an honest-to-goodness driver’s car that’s…comfortable and stylish enough….drop-dead gorgeous.” Of its competitors, Edmunds editors add, “none is good enough to knock the 3-Series from its traditional perch.” The RWD 328i coupe is powered by a 230-hp 3.0-liter inline 6, while the AWD 328xi gets 300 horsepower from a different 3.0-liter twin turbocharged inline 6. Both have 6-speed manual transmissions, with optional 6-speed automatics. Don’t look for much interior storage space, though. Automobile says “The BMW relished the chance to flaunt its fine breeding. Like sweet cream, energy pours out of the 335i’s engine throughout the rev range.” U.S. News and World Report adds, “The driving dynamics of the 2009 BMW 3-Series are almost unparalleled.”
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