Top 10 Vehicles that Deserve Two-Door Coupe Variants
Not as many two-door coupes are available today as there once were, and we think that’s a shame. From a subcompact four-door hatchback to a pricey and powerful luxury SUV, we’ve found 10 gaps in the new car market where we’d like to see two-door variants of four-door sedans, hatchbacks, and SUVs. While a handful of compact and midsize coupes remain – not to mention less-practical muscle cars – here’s our list of 10 two-doors that, financial realities aside, automakers really should consider launching.
2014 Chevrolet Impala: Early Chevrolet Impalas offered buyers power and luxury at a more entry-level price. More recently, the Impala has languished on rental car lots but the 2014 Impala may change that with a more modern design. While the Monte Carlo coupe appealed to the NASCAR set, a new Impala coupe would be large enough for the family while offering slightly more refined looks.
2013 Ford Fusion: When the 2013 Ford Fusion debuted, many found the grille resembled that of an Aston Martin. A Fusion coupe could serve as a stylish competitor to the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima coupes. Plus, a loaded all-wheel-drive Ford Fusion Titanium with the 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine would likely get more respect than the Aston Martin Cygnet.
Kia Soul: While the Kia Soul is the best-selling urban box, we think a two-door version would increase its appeal. Kia introduced the two-door, two-seat Soul-based Track’ster concept earlier this year powered by a 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 mated to a six-speed manual with all-wheel drive. A production version of the Track’ster with less show car flair and the addition of a small rear seat would be a welcome addition to the lineup.
Nissan Juke: We picked a Nissan Juke over a Mini Countryman, which is now adding a two-door version called the Paceman – so a two-door Juke seems like a no-brainer. After all, the fun-to-drive Juke is one of the least practical crossovers on the market.
Cadillac ATS: General Motors originally planned four body styles for its new BMW 3 Series fighter: convertible, coupe, sedan, and wagon. The now-stillborn coupe would be aimed squarely at the BMW 3 Series coupe and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe without competing against the next-generation CTS coupe, which is set to take on the BMW 6 Series in its next generation.
Chrysler 300: Not since the last Lincoln MK VIII rolled off the assembly line in the late 1990s has the U.S. built a rear-drive, two-door luxury coupe. A full-size luxury coupe like the Chrysler 300 could put other American automakers on notice. We’re not forgetting about the bold Cadillac CTS coupe, but it doesn’t have the space a personal luxury coupe like the Chrysler 300 might provide.
Volvo S60: With the Volvo C70 hardtop convertible slated to be discontinued, the C30 hatchback becomes the Swedish automaker’s lone two-door, so an S60 coupe would fill a hole in the automaker’s lineup. Unlike the C70, the S60 is available with two engines: a 250-hp turbocharged five-cylinder or a turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 (with 300-325 hp) and all-wheel drive. The S60, in T5 front-drive and T6 AWD forms, has wowed our staff.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport: A two-door Land Rover Range Rover Sport could mark the return of the full-size two-door SUV. Such a vehicle could look like the Land Rover Range Stormer Concept that appeared at the 2004 Detroit auto show. Range Rover didn’t offer a two-door model until the debut of the Evoque, our sport/utility of the year.
Mercedes-Benz CLS: The car that created the four-door coupe market will soon be joined by a shooting brake body style, so a two-door coupe would be the next evolutionary step. A CLS two-door isn’t hard to imagine, and don’t think a CLS two-door would cramp the E-Class coupe’s style – as Mercedes has repeatedly demonstrated, there’s always room for another niche vehicle.
Porsche Panamera: Shortly after the Porsche Panamera arrived, rumors of two-door and convertible models began to spread. A two-door like that wouldn’t be the first front-engine V-8 powered luxury-sport two-door from Porsche. From the late 1970s through the mid-1990s, the Porsche 928 filled that role.
Do you agree with our choices? Share which cars you think deserve two-door coupe variants in the comments below.
By Jason Udy