Compiling a list of the best two-door cars, it’d be very easy to allow it to be dominated by high-end models from the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati, Porsche, and Bentley. The thing is, everyone knows those cars are great, so deciding over one versus the other really comes down to personal preference. However, for those of us not in that one percent, practical considerations come into play too; among them food, clothing and shelter. Happily though, it doesn’t mean we’re confined to boring transportation; in addition to more affordable sports cars like Toyota’s FR-S, Subaru’s BRZ, and Nissan’s 370Z, there are a number of other wonderful two-door cars to choose from.
Perhaps the best-looking two-door Coupe on the market today, Audi’s A5 is striking. Remarkably, even with its classy good looks, generous appointments, and enjoyable driving characteristics, the A5 can number good fuel economy among its attributes. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque. The coupe gets a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment, while an eight speed automatic is offered as an option. Standard features include a sunroof, automatic xenon headlights, leather upholstery, a tri-zone automatic climate control system, and automatic windshield wipers. Pricing starts at $40,000.
BMW 2 Series
The spiritual successor to the revered BMW 2002 sport coupe, the BMW 2 Series coupe offers all of the power and sophistication of its 4 Series big sister in a smaller, more agile package. Nicely executed and exceptionally refined, the BMW 2 Series cars are an absolute delight to drive. Power comes from a choice of two engines. The base 228i is powered by a 2.0-liter 240-horsepower turbocharged inline four with 255 ft-lbs of torque. The M235i features BMW’s classic 3.0-liter inline six, turbocharged to produce 320 horsepower and 330 ft-lbs of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines, while a six-speed manual is available as a no-cost option. Other BMW two-door models include the 4 Series, 6 Series, Z4, and i8. Pricing for the 2 Series coupes starts at $32,100.
Cadillac ATS Coupe
New for the 2015 model year, the Cadillac ATS Coupe is crisply styled, sumptuously appointed, and very enjoyable to drive. One of the new breed of relatively affordable entry-luxury models, the Cadillac Coupe also offers good performance. The standard engine displaces 2.0-liters and uses turbocharging to produce 272 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque. The rear-drive coupe is also offered with a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 321 horsepower and 275 ft-lbs. A six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are offered with both engines, while the turbo four can also be ordered with a six-speed manual. Other Cadillac two doors include ELR, CTS, and CTS-V. ATS Coupe pricing starts at $37,995.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
If a better value in a high performance two-seat sports car is offered anywhere we have yet to see it. The current Corvette Stingray is more refined than any ever before it, while still delivering the outstanding roadholding, brutal acceleration, and head turning style we’ve come to expect from America’s only sports car. Power flows to the rear wheels courtesy of a 6.2-liter V8 capable of churning out 455 horsepower and 460 ft-lbs of torque. The optional dual-mode exhaust system bumps output to 460 horsepower and 465 ft-lbs of torque. The seven-speed manual transmission automatically matches revs on both upshifts and downshifts. Chevrolet’s two-door Camaro is a winner too. Corvette pricing starts at $54,000.
While the big news accompanying the 2015 Dodge Challenger is the debut of Chrysler’s awe-inspiring 707-horsepower Hellcat engine, most Challengers sold will be equipped with the 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 with 268 ft-lbs of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is paired with it. Challenger is also offered with a 375-horsepower 5.7-liter V8, and a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V8. Still, even with the V6, the Challenger is an engaging automobile with entertaining dynamics, a long performance history, and excellent street cred. Standard features include keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, and automatic climate control. Dodge also offers features like foglights, automatic headlights, heated seats, and Bluetooth. Pricing starts at $26,995.
An entire genre of performance cars gets its category name from Ford’s Mustang, and an all-new iteration of the original pony car debuts for the 2015 model year. The Ford’s V6 engine displaces 3.7-liters, and produces 300 horsepower, along with 280 ft-lbs of torque. Mustang’s new turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder, making 310 horsepower and 320 ft-lbs of torque is garnering much attention. Naturally, there’s also a fire-breathing 435-horsepower 5.0-liter V8. Each powerplant can be had with a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic. Mustang’s standard features include xenon headlights, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, blind-spot mirrors, Sync voice control, and a limited slip differential. Pricing starts at $23,600.
Honda Accord Coupe
Honda’s Accord Coupe is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Beneath its practical appearance lies a true performance car, whose engines are absolute marvels of engineering. As the Honda brand’s top model, the Accord Coupe also delivers a strong feature set and superior comfort. The Accord Coupe’s base engine is a 2.4-liter inline four cylinder with 190 horsepower and 162 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, while a continuously variable transmission is the optional offering for the front-drive four-cylinder powertrain. The Accord Coupe’s V6 displaces 3.5 liters and generates 278 horsepower and 252 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed automatic replaces the CVT with the V6. Pricing starts at $30,775.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
For the 2015 model year, Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe is offered with 3.8-liter V6 producing 348-horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, while an eight-speed automatic is offered as a $1,200 option. Standard features include automatic headlights, LED taillights, keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control, and Bluetooth. For more performance, get the 3.8 R-Spec version of the Genesis Coupe with a more aggressive suspension system, Brembo brakes, and a limited-slip differential. Pricing starts at $26,750.
Lexus RC 350
The all-new sport oriented Lexus RC 350 delivers distinctive styling, exceptional handling, and stirring performance. Standard equipment includes keyless entry and pushbutton start, dual-zone automatic climate control, Siri Eyes Free, and of course full power accessories. Power comes from a 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, which is teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is offered too—but with a six-speed automatic. There’s also an F-Sport version of the new Lexus coupe with an adaptive variable suspension setup and a dynamic handling system incorporating four-wheel steering. Pricing starts at $42,790.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
As the entry-level coupe in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the two-door C-Class Coupe brings considerable refinement, along with remarkable driving pleasure and advanced technology to the entry-luxury category. Standard equipment includes automatic headlights and wipers, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and power adjustable front seats. Engines range in power from 201 horsepower to 507 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission is paired with each engine option. All-wheel drive is available as well—in the form of the C300 4Matic Coupe. Other Mercedes two-door cars include the SL, SLK, E-Class Coupe and AMG GT Coupe. Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe pricing starts at $39,400.