Cheapest Coupes of 2020

Just because the 2-door coupe style is seen as sportier and more exclusive, that does not mean that there are not a number of cheap coupe cars on the market. True, you will unlikely find any for less than $20k, but considering that the majority come with extremely attractive styling and eminently capable powertrains, your money is certainly being well spent. However, to make sure that you know exactly how much bang you are getting for your buck, our reviews cover every conceivable aspect of the most affordable coupes.

Starting with just how sexy they look, we move on to what you’ll find under the hood and just what each does with all that power. Naturally, we tell you how these machines drive, but we also tell you what it feels like to drive them - from seat comfort, to overall visibility, as well as features like heated or power-adjustable seats. You also want to know what it costs to run these beauties, so we cover gas mileage, too, with comparisons with leading rivals to help you make the best choice.

What to consider before buying cheap coupes

Even an inexpensive coupe-style automobile is still going to cost you more than your average sedan. So, what exactly do you get for your extra investment, and what are the downsides?

Pros

  • Superior curb appeal
  • Access to some very tasty powertrains
  • Cockpit-styled cabins that enhance the driving experience
  • More aerodynamic design leads to more fun on the road

Cons

  • You pay for the extra sense of style
  • Rear seat passengers have to sacrifice some headroom
  • Trunk space often suffers, too

Some of the best cheap coupes

We’ve researched the best affordable coupes for sale in the USA and ranked them according to a number of consumer-relevant factors. Here are some of our top picks.

  • Dodge Challenger - The American brands are particularly skilled at delivering vehicles that look and feel better than their price tags would suggest. Thus, it is not surprising that the Challenger range features on our rankings. The T/A was discontinued back in 2018, but the rest have continued production through to 2020. The SXT goes for as little as $27,995, which gets you a capable 305-horsepower V6. To get the impressive 375-hp V8 on the R/T, you may need to spend a bit more - closer to $35k. Unlike the less costly variants, the R/T does not offer access to AWD.
  • Honda Civic - The Si Coupe is among the cheapest coupes you’ll find, with a starting price of around $25k. It is not as sporty as some of the competition, with access to only a 205-hp inline-four engine, but it is very reliable and more practical with more space in the back than most rivals. However, it only gets an 11.9-cubic-foot trunk.
  • Mazda MX-5 - The Miata RF is certainly a cool contender. It is a little pricey at somewhere over $33k MSRP, but it is extremely fast and fun to drive thanks to its light weight and peppy 181-hp four-pot. Unfortunately, you only get two seats and a rather pitiful 4.5-cubic-foot trunk.

Noteworthy affordable coupes

A few other names are worth a mention, such as the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro, the Subaru BRZ. If you’re hoping for more luxurious German brands on the list, you will be disappointed - the Audi A5 Coupe has an invoice tally upwards of $42,900.

FAQs

What is the best cheap coupe?

There are a number of very good affordable coupe cars, but only one can take the title. The Dodge Challenger T/A is that automobile, although it has not been produced since 2018. Powered by a choice of two potent V8s, it maxes out at 485 hp and 475 lb-ft. While you cannot buy them new anymore, you may be lucky enough to find a used model at a more reasonable price than the initial cost.

What is the cheapest coupe?

Some may argue that it is not a true-blue coupe, but the VW Beetle Hatchback is the lowest-priced option on our list, with an MSRP of just $20,895 and only produced up until 2019. If you want something that looks a bit more pedigreed without extra cost, then consider an earlier iteration of the Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro from our list of the best cheap coupe cars. But these sorts of vehicles are normally a little more expensive to insure, so make sure you budget accordingly.
BuzzScore
Design
Performance
MPG
Interior
Infotainment
Reliability
Safety
Value
#1
2018 Dodge Challenger T/A
8.5
BuzzScore
9
Design
8
Performance
7
MPG
9
Interior
10
Infotainment
7
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#2
2020 Honda Civic Si Coupe
8.4
BuzzScore
7
Design
9
Performance
8
MPG
8
Interior
8
Infotainment
9
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#3
2020 Dodge Challenger SXT / GT
8.4
BuzzScore
8
Design
7
Performance
9
MPG
9
Interior
10
Infotainment
7
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#4
2020 Dodge Challenger R/T
8.4
BuzzScore
8
Design
8
Performance
7
MPG
9
Interior
10
Infotainment
7
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#5
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
8.3
BuzzScore
9
Design
8
Performance
8
MPG
6
Interior
7
Infotainment
10
Reliability
8
Safety
10
Value
#6
2020 Ford Mustang Coupe
8.1
BuzzScore
7
Design
7
Performance
8
MPG
8
Interior
10
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#7
2020 Toyota 86
8.1
BuzzScore
9
Design
8
Performance
7
MPG
7
Interior
8
Infotainment
9
Reliability
8
Safety
9
Value
#8
2020 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe
8
BuzzScore
8
Design
8
Performance
8
MPG
7
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#9
2020 Subaru BRZ
8
BuzzScore
9
Design
8
Performance
7
MPG
7
Interior
7
Infotainment
9
Reliability
8
Safety
9
Value
#10
2020 Honda Civic Coupe
7.9
BuzzScore
7
Design
7
Performance
9
MPG
7
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#11
2020 Nissan 370Z Coupe
7.1
BuzzScore
8
Design
8
Performance
6
MPG
6
Interior
5
Infotainment
9
Reliability
7
Safety
8
Value