A sporty coupe can be a fun way to make you stand out in traffic. They might not be the most practical cars, but if you don’t have any kids to haul around, how often do you really need a roomy back seat that’s easily accessible? Two doors not only look cool, but they often have the performance to back up their sporty aesthetics.
Here are six great new coupes you can get for less than $40,000 in 2019. All prices listed below include manufacturers’ destination charges.
BMW 230i — $36,295
The BMW 2 Series is widely praised for being a bit of a return to form for BMW. It blends luxury and performance and satisfying driving dynamics in a way that few brands can pull off. In the lower trims, it may not be a rocket in a straight line, but every 2 Series delivers agile handling and a lively engine that will satisfy any driving enthusiast. Don’t let the fact that it’s from a luxury brand fool you, the BMW 230i is actually a pretty good value in new coupes with a starting price in the mid-$30k range. Find a BMW 2 Series for sale
Nissan 370Z — $30,885
The Nissan 370Z has been around in its current form for a while now, but we think this sporty two seater is aging pretty well. It has a look that is unlike the American muscle cars and the German luxury cars that it competes with making it distinct. Another thing that’s aging well is its strong V6 engine under the hood that’s as satisfying as ever when you stab the accelerator. Another strong suit of the 370Z is an intuitive infotainment system. Find a Nissan 370Z for sale
Dodge Challenger R/T — $35,790
Like the 370Z, the Dodge Challenger might be showing its age a little, but it offers a few advantages over its main American muscle car competitors. For starters, it’s a bigger car than the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang, which means a bench back seat that you can actually use. At the R/T trim level, you get a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine and a muscular appearance package both inside and out. It may be aging, but the Dodge Challenger R/T is a bona fide muscle car that is classic cool. Find a Dodge Challenger for sale
Ford Mustang GT — $36,450
Few names in the car business are more iconic than the Ford Mustang. The current Ford Mustang lives up to its name with an aesthetic that tastefully combines retro and modern styling, excellent performance, a techy interior and, of course, outstanding value. The Mustang GT comes with the excellent 5.0-liter Coyote V8, dual exhaust with quad tips, LED fog lamps, a SYNC infotainment system and more. The Mustang GT has always been a strong value in performance cars and the 2019 model is no exception. Find a Ford Mustang for sale
Chevrolet Camaro SS — $37,995
If you’re on the love-it side of the love-it-or-hate-it new face of the 2019 Chevy Camaro SS, then it makes for an excellent coupe with great performance from a 6.2-liter V8 delivering 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. It has an impressive list of standard features that include 20-in aluminum wheels with summer-only performance tires, Brembo brakes at all four wheels, and LED headlights and signature lighting. The handling is excellent and the front seats are comfortable making the Camaro SS as at-home on your commute as it is on the track. Find a Chevrolet Camaro for sale
Mazda MX-5 Miata RF — $33,265
Most Mazda MX-5 Miata models are convertibles, but the RF has a retractable roof and retains its sleek fastback profile when the top is down. It might still technically be a convertible, but we’ll count the RF variant as a coupe for this list. This lightweight roadster is a blast to toss around and it’s comfortable enough for everyday driving. The 2019 model has a new engine with more power and it may not have the muscle of the aforementioned V8-powered American brutes, but it’s impossible to be bored behind the wheel of a Miata. Find a Mazda MX-5 Miata for sale