Aside from the fact they have two doors, the cars on this list of the best selling coupes all have one other thing in common—they are very well executed. In other words, their manufacturers got them right and the buying public knows it. While rarely listed among the top selling cars overall (let’s face it, coupes are something of a niche market), they do a lot to burnish the reputations of their manufacturers. In fact, many marques are more associated with their coupes than anything else. If we say BMW, you likely see the 3 Series Coupe (now known as the 4 Series). If we say Porsche, you probably see the 911. Similarly, the Challenger, Camaro, and Mustang serve as image cars for their particular brands. Exciting and highly aspirational, the best selling coupes are designed specifically with attracting attention in mind.
A very strong seller for Audi, while it’s coming due for a replacement, the A5 is nonetheless an exceptionally handsome car with luxurious appointments, outstanding road manners, a nice mix of engines, and just plain style. While the base A5 is the model listed among the best selling coupes, its S5 and RS 5 variants go a long way towards making it the popular model it is. Encapsulating the best of everything good about Audi automobiles, the A5 is smooth, returns commendable fuel economy, and offers enough performance to make driving an enjoyable experience. Pricing starts at $40,000.
BMW 4 Series
With buttery smooth engines and the ultra high performance M4 in its portfolio, the BMW 4 Series coupe is a can’t miss. A descendant of the world’s most renowned four-seat sports car, the BMW 4 Series was formerly known as the BMW 3 Series coupe. Delivering all of the pleasures of the world’s finest sports cars in a handsome, comfortable, and luxurious package, it’s the category’s benchmark. So many manufacturers have targeted the mid-size BMW coupe and missed, it’s as if BMW infuses its top selling coupes with an unobtainable substance. Pricing starts at $40,300.
A bona fide legacy model, the Chevrolet Camaro can trace its roots back to the very beginnings of the pony car era. Developed specifically as a response to the extraordinary success of the Ford Mustang, the Camaro is one of the most recognizable American cars ever made—so of course it’s also one of the top selling coupes. With a variety of models ranging from the highly incendiary ZL1 and Z/28 to the comparatively sedate 1LT, the Camaro has broad appeal and strong performance, regardless of the version you choose. Even the base V6 comes with 323 horsepower. Pricing starts at $23,705.
A true world-class supercar, the Chevrolet Corvette is the most successful American sports car ever. With a history of continuous production going all the way back to its 1953 introduction, Corvette is one of the oldest American nameplates. Make no mistake though; the nameplate is the only thing old about the Corvette. Thoroughly contemporary, the Chevrolet earns its spot on this list of the best selling coupes the old fashioned way—kicking ass and taking names. If you love to drive, you gotta have at least one Corvette, and this current one is the best ever. Pricing starts at $55,000.
If the Challenger was a desirable car before the film Vanishing Point, it became a genuine legend afterwards. Only recently revived by Dodge, the Challenger stands nonetheless in good stead with its rivals from Chevrolet and Ford. And now, the Challenger can make a claim neither of its Motor City rivals can touch. With the 707-horsepower Hellcat engine, Challenger has become the most powerful production coupe ever produced. Bragging rights suitably secured, Dodge’s top selling coupe can call attention to the other models in its lineup—all of which are remarkably powerful and blessed with a tremendous amount of agility. Pricing starts at $26,995.
When Fiat decided to try its fortunes once again in the United States after a 28-year absence, the model they came back with was the adorable little FIAT 500 hatchback coupe. Small in size, but huge in its own eyes, the Fiat 500 offers a great deal of style, strong fuel economy, notable agility, and is outstandingly accomplished as a city car. If performance is your thing, the Fiat 500 Abarth tries very hard to emulate its Ferrari cousins. Seriously; the statement is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Check one out, few cars offer as much fun for so little money. Fiat 500 pricing starts at $16,845.
Ford’s Mustang has been so tremendously successful; an entire category of automobiles was named for it. Yes, the pony car genre owes its existence to Ford’s top selling coupes. An all-new Mustang bowed for the 2015 model year, and with it an independent rear suspension system has finally come to the Mustang. Another new development is the reintroduction of a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to the Mustang for the first time since the 1984 Mustang SVO. The 310-horsepower turbocharged powerplant strongly points the way to the future of America’s favorite pony car. Mustang pricing starts at $23,800.
Honda Civic Coupe
The versatility of the Honda Civic coupe goes a long way toward its status as one of the best selling coupes. Whether your primary considerations are comfort and fuel economy, or spirited driving, the Honda Civic Coupe will prove a satisfying car to own. Honda’s engineering prowess is well-known. The company is the world’s largest manufacturer of engines, and the ones it dedicates to its best-selling coupe are legendary for their reliability. Further, they deliver strong fuel economy. The handsome, nicely equipped Honda Civic Coupe is the perfect platform for these engines. Pricing starts at $18,290.
MINI Cooper Hardtop
Cute, fun to drive, well built, and delightfully quirky, the MINI Cooper Hardtop is easily one of the most popular coupes on the market today. Another remarkable thing about the MINI Cooper Hatchback is while its base price is remarkably low, the car comes across as a premium product. This is due to the standards established by MINI’s parent company—BMW. Interestingly, if you look closely, you’ll see a lot of BMW in the English hatchback coupe. With its willing engines, sharp handling, and well-appointed interior treatments, the MINI Cooper makes driving an economical car an absolutely painless proposition. Pricing starts at $20,700.
The latest iteration of a long line of highly desirable (and admittedly more than a few utterly forgettable) two-seat coupes, the contemporary Nissan 370Z is one of the most competent affordable sports car you can buy. Wonderful balance, a thrilling exhaust note, sharp steering, and strong braking make the 370Z a very gratifying car to drive. While definitely a strong contender among best selling coupes, the Nissan 370Z can also claim to be a genuine sports car. What’s more, given its price point, power output, and positioning as a focused two-seat sports car, nothing really competes directly against it. Pricing starts at $29,990.
If a more revered coupe has ever existed, we have yet to see it. The Porsche 911, long considered the holy grail of motoring by car enthusiasts all over the world, perennially makes the list of best selling coupes despite its exceedingly dear MSRP. But when it comes down to it, nothing else feels like a 911. Underway, the Porsche 911 behaves more like a living entity than an amalgamation of steel, aluminum, rubber, glass, and petroleum distillates. Nothing else sounds like it, nothing else looks like it, nothing else handles like it, and nothing else will captivate your heart like a Porsche 911. Pricing starts at $84,300.
So many manufacturers have tried doing an affordable two-seat sports coupe and failed miserably. Thus, when word came of the Toyota/Subaru collaboration for FR-S and BRZ, we were a bit skeptical. Happily, we were so very wrong. While both companies offer a version of the car, judging by the sales figures, the Scion FR-S is the more popular of the two and thus is included on this list of best selling coupes. Yes, the little 200-horsepower flat-four could do with another 49 or 50 ft-lbs of torque (it has 151), and yes the driving experience could be a bit more refined, but we defy you to find a more fun to drive two-seat coupe at its price point. Go ahead—we’ll wait… Pricing starts at $25,670.
Rounding out our list of best selling coupes, the sporty little tC was Scion’s only coupe offering before the FR-S showed up and became the darling of Scion showrooms. Still, the Scion tC enjoys a healthy fan base owing to its strong reliability, generous roster of standard equipment, and favorable fuel economy. Further, the Scion tC offers a spacious interior, reasonably stirring performance, and one of the lowest base prices on this list of top selling coupes. Further, as compact coupes go, the Scion tC actually has a usable rear seat. Pricing starts at $19,980.