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5 Forgotten Coupe Versions of Compact Cars

Coupes have, sadly, gone quite out of style. Yes, we still have coupes in the form of muscle cars, sports cars, and some luxury cars but the cheap compact coupe is dead, with the one holdout being the Honda Civic. You used to be able to get just about any car you want in two-door form but these days, the four-door reigns supreme.

However, you don’t have to go too far back in car history to find some humble coupes that have gotten pretty affordable on the used market. Here are five forgotten coupe versions of compact cars.

Cadillac ATS

Cadillac ATS

The Cadillac ATS is a fairly common compact luxury sedan but it’s easy to forget that it was also offered as a coupe. The ATS was just phased out and replaced by the new Cadillac CT4 which, unsurprisingly, is only offered as a sedan. The design of the ATS lends itself well to a sleek and sporty coupe and it’s becoming a pretty good luxury car bargain on the used market. Find a Cadillac ATS for sale

Ford Focus

Ford Focus

2018 was the final model year for the Ford Focus in the U.S., wrapping up three generations of the compact. Every generation of the Focus has been available as a sedan but only the second-gen model was available as a coupe. This version of the Focus was a little odd-looking and the coupe version is no exception. It only lasted from model years 2008 through 2010. Find a Ford Focus for sale

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra

Another compact coupe that was very short-lived in the U.S. is the Hyundai Elantra, which was offered for 2013 and 2014. This coupe employed Hyundai’s “fluidic sculpture” design philosophy, which meant it looked really flowy and curvy. It does a pretty good job looking different from its sedan counterpart and it has a very dramatic character line throughout the sides of the body, making it really stand out. Find a Hyundai Elantra for sale

Kia Forte

Kia Forte

Ah yes, the oddly spelled Kia Forte Koup. This Koup was aktually around for quite a while, from the time Forte first kame out in 2010 until it was diskontinued in 2016. It was a sportier-looking version of the Forte and it kind of reminds me of the Scion tC in the sense that it has a stylish look but isn’t pretending to be anything it’s not. I’m not sure if anyone misses the Forte Koup but I think it was kind of kool. Find a Kia Forte for sale

Mini Cooper

Mini Cooper

Remember when there were all sorts of weird different body styles for the Mini Cooper? The weirdest one was the Mini Coupe, which is a car that kind of looks like Darth Vader’s helmet. It’s a perfect car if you like the look and driving experience of a Mini but don’t want to be bothered with any pesky back seats. Instead, the two-seater cabin is this round bubble and you get a stubby little trunk in the back. It only lasted from 2012 to 2015 and it’s not hard to see why. Find a Mini Cooper for sale

Nissan Altima

Honorable Mention: Nissan Altima

This one doesn’t really count, since the Nissan Altima is a midsize car and not a compact car but I think it’s worth mentioning anyway. In the same way the Civic is the last front-wheel-drive compact car from a volume brand to still offer a coupe, the Altima was among the last FWD midsize coupes from a volume brand. The first and only Altima Coupe was around between 2008 and 2013 and it was actually pretty cool, especially when equipped with the optional V6 and a manual transmission. Fun fact: The 2013 Altima Coupe was the first car to come standard with Nissan’s NASA-inspired “zero-gravity” seats. Find a Nissan Altima for sale

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Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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