For this round of WYCB, we have a car a lot of us can actually buy, although it never impresses us further than the size of its dual sunroofs. Yes, it has dual sunroofs. Other than that though, it has the power-train of a Camry and feels about the same from behind the wheel. Before you go to the obvious M-Lettered answer, lets concentrate on what the prospect buyer of this vehicle would want. Practicality even in a coupe form, fun(er than a Corolla) to drive dynamics, reliability and a sense that you wouldn't look out of place with the local tuning crowd. Even if you laugh at their impromptu meetings in mall parking lots, you sort of wish to have a taste of that panorama and with the options listed all of that criteria is nicely fulfilled.
1. 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Coupe: $10,000
This Cobalt is supercharged, which makes the power-train instantly cooler than the in the Scion. It also shares its reliability, albeit less than the Camry powered TC. For a total of 205 HP and sticky tires, it will surely be a better drivers car whilst still maintaining the back seats and FWD-ness that this buyer needs. Add to that the cool color, very reasonable mileage and the comically tall spoiler proudly sprouting from the trunk.
2. 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Coupe V6 Manual: $15,823
2015 Mustang Lamborghini Ford Model T Every car post 1994 Honda Accord Coupe with the V6 matches the criteria perfectly. Its as if somehow the Scion and the Accord were done by the same people, and thankfully for our buyer he can get the more powerful more practical car for less dough. Fitted with a 3.5L V6 that went to choir classes connected to a well mannered 6 speed, the Accord ensures fun times a the wheel and a huge practicality advantage that make the Scion look poor in comparison.
3. 2013 Buick Verano Turbo Manual: $20,970
I know, this isn't really a coupe but a wildcard it is (And rear seat space is about the same as the Accord coupe). This is a very rare Buick that was only in the market for a short period of time with a stick due to the low demand. Was the stick perfect? No, but it does make the drive more interesting and the Turbo more enjoyable. Here you can enjoy Luxury, poshness and a badge you aren't too embarrassed to admit you own. All things the Scion can't do. With just a couple thousand miles, these almost new examples are hitting very good prices and for the prospect buyer it could mean a very peculiar car. (Add Opel Badges for extra coolness).