Top 5 Used Coupes

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, Automotive Editor - March 18, 2013

The coupe offers drivers a sporty alternative to the sedan without all the drawbacks of a standard two-seat sports car. Coupes do away with the sedan's pesky rear doors and often sacrifice extra cargo area or headroom for a more sporty appearance. Because the coupe is generally smaller than the sedan, it is more often than not a fair bit lighter as well. This means improved performance, handling and fuel efficiency over larger cars.

To help you in your search for a quality used coupe, we've put together a list of our five favorite used coupes on the road today.

Nissan Altima Coupe

The Nissan Altima Coupe made its debut in the 2008 model year. It is shorter, lower and lighter than its four-door cousin. Under the hood, the coupe is very similar to the standard Altima sedan. It is offered with either a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter V6. Unlike the sedan though, the four cylinder coupes are available with a six-speed manual transmission. In 2010, the Altima Coupe underwent some minor changes to keep the design fresh. The two-door Altima received new headlights, a new grill and a new hood.

Honda Civic Coupe

Like the Altima, the Honda Civic is available as both a four-door sedan and as a two-door coupe. While the Nissan has only recently started offering the smaller Altima, the Civic has been available as a coupe since its first generation. The eighth generation Civic was available from 2006 to 2011. Those models were available as a base model DX, LX, EX, EX-L and a sports-minded Si model.

Scion tC

Unlike the other cars on this list, the Scion tC is only available as a coupe. It may not be a big deal to some, but having a bespoke coupe tends to maintain a car's cool-factor a little. You'll rarely see a 'baby on board' sign on a tC. The first generation Scion tC was launched in 2005. That car came with a 161-horsepower 2.4-liter, four cylinder engine. The tC was redesigned in 2011 and the motor was upgraded to a 2.5 liter, 180 horsepower unit. Scion made a name for itself by providing limitless upgrades and options for its cars. The good news is there are so many tCs on the road, you're likely to find a used one that has all the right trimmings.

Honda Accord Coupe

The Accord Coupe, like most of its competitors, is an adaptation of the normal four-door Honda. The Accord Coupe has a couple of major advantages over the sedan. It comes standard with a 190 horsepower, four cylinder engine (a three thousand dollar upgrade on the four-door model). Accord Coupe models, like the Altima, also offer a manual transmission option that is unavailable on four door models. The model range is broken down into LX, LX-S, EX and EX-L models. The top-of-the-line EX-L is also available with a 271 horsepower, 3.5 liter V6 engine. The current body-style has been on sale since 2008, so you shouldn't have a problem finding a used Honda Accord Coupe at a decent price.

Infiniti G35 Coupe

The G35 coupe shares much of its DNA with the Nissan 350Z sports car. Open the hood and you'll find the familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine that powers the popular Nissan. The motor's output depends on transmission choice; automatic equipped cars come with a 275 horsepower unit and G35s while the six-speed manual transmission cars get 293 horses. Drivers looking for optimum performance should look at cars equipped with the sport package. G35 sport package cars come with 19-inch wheels, a firmer suspension and a limited slip differential. The G35's look was tweaked in 2005. The hood, grill, bumpers, side skirts and taillights were all changed in the new car.

, Automotive Editor

J. Mark Sternberg is an automotive journalist with a passion for cars. He spends his spare time watching Formula 1, boating and brewing beer at home.

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