Most coupes are a trade-off, letting you lose two doors in favor of more fun from behind the wheel. In this one, you just lose two doors,
making me wonder why it even exists in the first place.
Does it make sense, though? For some drivers, absolutely.
If you're looking for a sexy body paired with a quiet, comfy ride, this is a great choice. Heck, it's pretty much the only choice. It's
more comfortable on the highway than a lot of bigger, four-door cars can be, but it has the curvy look of a sports coupe.
Another interesting note is that the coupe's back seat is actually roomier than the sedan's. Head room is exactly the same, but leg and hip room are, surprisingly, a fraction of an inch more spacious. The only downside is not having a rear door to make entry and exit easier.
Aside from its quality feel and value pricing — starting at $17,445 — one of the Elantra Coupe's biggest selling points is its gas mileage.
It's rated for 40 mpg on the highway with a manual transmission or 39 with an automatic.
Derek Price is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at email@example.com.