Let’s say this upfront: There’s generally no practical reason to buy the two-door version of a four-door sedan. The two models usually feel identical from the driver’s seat, but the sedans tend to be roomier and less expensive.
But that’s not to say there’s no reason at all to buy a coupe. They sell because so many buyers find them more stylish — unencumbered by a sedan’s boxy practicality and their need to accommodate rear doors.
In terms of vehicles whose styling is their raison d’etre, the main way buyers choose among them is personal aesthetic taste. Accordingly, those interested in entry-luxury coupes priced from around $30,000 benefit greatly by the class’s diverse array of options. No matter what you like, some model’s styling is bound to strike the right chord.
Among the newest options in this class is the redesigned 2017 Infiniti Q60, the coupe version of the Q50 sedan. Starting from a base price of $39,855, the Q60 is designed to look long, low and sleek — as far removed as possible from the upright boxiness of a sensible four-door. The whole body leans forward toward a large grille, lending the Infiniti an aggressive stance.
Like many of its competitors, the Q60 is offered with a diversity of engine options. The base 208-horsepower four-cylinder is perfectly sufficient for D.C. driving — but if you’re continuing to favor heart over head, the available 300-horsepower V6 may win your favor. There’s even a 400-horsepower option if you’re looking for still greater performance overkill, or if you’re confident you’ll find ways to let your Q60 stretch its legs.
The Q60 doesn’t have the low-speed steering sharpness of some of its competitors — you might be more impressed by the Audi A5 or Cadillac ATS during ordinary driving — but it has respectable handling limits and a decently smooth ride. The interior is comfortable, but the dashboard is starting to look old, given that it’s shared with the 2013-era Q50 sedan.
When style is paramount, though, such concerns may be secondary. Shop the Q60 against the quietly handsome A5, ATS and BMW 4 Series; the more dramatic-looking Lexus RC; and the extra-elegant Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Note too that the three Germans are offered as convertibles as well as coupes, while the Infiniti, Cadillac and Lexus require a fixed roof.
That said, if you’re at all comfortable with four doors, you may kick yourself for choosing a car with just two. With no sacrifice except for some style, a sedan offers a similar experience to a coupe — and also accommodates additional passengers with less twisting and squeezing.