If you’re considering one of the best mid-size coupes, chances are you’re living a pretty independent lifestyle. After all, if you have a family with kids as a factor, folding a seat to get in and out of the car gets old pretty quickly. This is, of course, assuming that anyone will even fit into the back sea (case in point: a few of our entries on this list of the best mid-size coupes have no back seat at all). Given the that fact coupes are designed more with two people in mind than four, this is something generally considered normal—as opposed to a deficiency. Other factors you’ll find the best mid-size coupes have in common is a tendency towards luxury, style, and performance. These are sumptuously appointed cars with good looks and a decided measure of driving pleasure baked in. If this is what you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.
In a category packed with handsome cars, the Audi A5 stands out as arguably one of the most striking of the best mid-size coupes. Enhancing those good looks are a smart and well-finished interior, an abundance of sophistication, and a very strong roster of standard features. The standard model runs a 220-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four with 258 ft-lbs of torque. The high performance S5 variant boasts 333 horsepower and 325 ft-lbs of torque from a supercharged 3.0-liter V6. For the ultimate in performance, go with the RS 5’s 450-horsepower 4.2-liter V8. All-wheel drive is standard across the board. Audi A5 pricing starts at $40,000.
BMW 4 Series
BMW’s 4 Series is easily one of the best mid-size coupes on the market today. Outstanding smoothness, sophisticated engines, exceptional fit and finish, unabashed cachet, and more than adequate luxury all figure into the appeal of this, the contemporary version of the classic BMW Coupe. Now in its second year of production, the BMW 4 Series offers a range of turbocharged inline four- and six-cylinder engines. Output ranges from 241 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque to 425 horsepower and 406 ft-lbs of torque. BMW offers the 4 Series coupe with a choice of rear, or all-wheel drive. Pricing starts at $40,300.
A new breed, a new type of luxury mid-size coupe; the 2015 BMW i8 is as much exotic sports car as it is hybrid, as it is mid-size coupe. Part of BMW’s first wave of ultra fuel-efficient ‘i” range of automobiles, the head turning BMW i8 is one impressive coupe. Styling aside, the fact it gets so much performance from such a diminutive 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine (the basics of which are shared with the 2015 MINI Cooper) is quite extraordinary. A pair of electric motors, also giving the shark-like coupe all-wheel drive, supplements the engine. Total system output is 357 horsepower and 420 ft-lbs of torque. Pricing starts at $136,500.
Easily one of the best-looking Cadillac coupes of all time, the plug-in hybrid Cadillac ELR powertrain also marks it as a groundbreaking model for the Cadillac brand. This is the first time a hybrid car (Escalade Hybrid is an SUV-OK?) has been offered with the wreath and crest logo. Delivering all of the luxury features we’ve come to expect from Cadillac, in an outré contemporary package, the ELR has a lot going for it. While the ELR has a gasoline-fired internal combustion engine, it is used primarily to extend the range of the electric powertrain. The electric motor is good for 157 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque. Pricing starts at $75,000.
The 2015 model year marks the last year of production of this version of the Camaro. One of America’s most iconic models, an all-new version of the mid-size coupe is slated to bow for 2016, marking this version of the Chevrolet pony car as the swan song of the version of the Camaro reintroduced in 2010. Praised for its outstanding handling, and remarkable bang for the buck, the fifth generation Camaro is powered by a choice of four engines ranging in power from a 323-horsepower V6 to a 7.0-liter V8 good for 505 horsepower. All Camaro models use rear wheel drive. Pricing starts at $23,705.
America’s favorite two-seater keeps getting better and better and better. Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, there exists no production automobile capable of offering more performance for the money than the Chevrolet Corvette—period. Everything out there with similar levels of performance costs a whole lot more. If you genuinely love to drive, and you have the means, do yourself a solid and pick one up. The rear-drive mid-size coupe offers a choice of two engines ranging in power from 455 horsepower and 460 ft-lbs of torque to 650 horsepower and 650 ft-lbs of torque. Pricing starts at $55,000.
For the 2015 model year, you’ll be completely forgiven if, whenever you see or hear the words “Dodge Challenger,” your brain completes the phrase with the word “Hellcat”. So much emphasis (and justifiably so) has been placed on the Dodge’s hellacious 707-horsepower V8, it has dominated Challenger coverage. But wait, there’s a whole range of engines offered for the best mid-size coupes from Dodge. With a portfolio of V6 and V8 engines ranging in power from 305 horsepower and 268 ft-lbs of torque, to a V8 making 485 horsepower and 475 ft-lbs, the rear-drive Challenger is an exciting offering across the board. Pricing starts at $26,995.
Fresh off of a redesign for the 2015 model year, the sleek all-new Ford Mustang offers (for the first time since the 1984 Mustang SVT) a turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant. The model has also finally gained an independent rear suspension system—making it the last of the American pony cars to do so. The four-cylinder engine is a turbocharged 2.3-liter with 310 horsepower and 320 ft-lbs of torque. The other engine options are a 3.7-liter V6 with 300 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs, or a 5.0-liter V8 with 435 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque. All Mustangs use rear-wheel drive. Pricing for the mid-size coupe starts at $23,800.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
As soon as you saw the word Hyundai in this post, you had to know value was going to be a big part of the story. Happily, while this is indeed the case, the Genesis Coupe moves the Hyundai narrative way beyond value. The fact of the matter is that the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a highly respectable mid-size sport coupe. Good looking, fast, and nicely equipped — it also just happens to have a nice price too. Power comes from a 348-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 with 295 ft-lbs of torque. Pricing starts at $26,750.
Honda Accord Coupe
The Honda Accord Coupe’s driving experience is considerably more exciting than its appearance would lead you to believe. Rather than some staid, boring coupe aimed at empty nesters with fond recollections of carting their progeny around in an Odyssey, this is a genuine wolf in sheep’s clothing. In other words, the Honda Accord Coupe is the stealthiest medium-sized coupe available today. Two engines are offered, a 189-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline four with 182 ft-lbs of torque and a 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with 252 ft-lbs. Crisp handling and brisk acceleration are the front-drive Honda’s stock in trade. Pricing starts at $30,775.
A perennial favorite among the best mid-size coupes, the Infiniti Q60 was designed specifically to compete with the mid-size BMW coupes. While it certainly comes close, the Infiniti also has a personality all its own. From its distinctive exhaust note to the plush accommodations of its interior, the Infiniti takes the whole luxury coupe thing quite seriously. Power comes from a 3.7-liter V6 with 330 horsepower and 270 ft-lbs of torque. Rear drive is standard, all-wheel drive is offered as an option. Pricing starts at $40,950.
New for the 2015 model year, the Lexus RC is an unquestionably lovely coupe. Now, we’ll be the first to admit that the spindle grille treatment is on the polarizing side, but the profile of this new mid-size Lexus coupe is more than strong enough to overcome any objections raised by the grille. Based upon elements of all the high performance Lexus models, the RC submits a thoroughly engaging driving experience. Offered with both rear- and all-wheel drive, engine output ranges from 306 horsepower and 277 ft-lbs of torque to 467 horsepower and 389 ft-lbs (rear-drive only). Pricing starts at $62,400.
Mercedes-Benz E Class Coupe
Pretty much every model on this list of the best mid-size coupes offers a precise blend of luxury and performance. But only one can claim to be built by the company credited with the very invention of the automobile. Wearing this mantle quite proudly, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe is regal in appearance, and an absolute delight to drive. Offered with rear- and all-wheel drive, the E400 Coupe’s 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 makes 329 horsepower and 354 ft-lbs of torque. The rear-drive E550’s 4.7-liter turbocharged V8 makes 402 horsepower and 443 ft-lbs of torque. Pricing starts at $54,200.