Are Coupes a Dying Breed?

No matter which way we look at the new car market today, we have to admit that SUVs and crossovers are reigning supreme. And while sedans aren’t getting as much love as before, coupes are darn near extinct. It makes sense, considering the two-door, sporty nature of a coupe body style lends itself to being far less pragmatic than its sedan and hatchback brethren, so any consumer will naturally gravitate toward a car with more doors and more room. But will coupes be completely taken off the market in the near future?

The writing has been on the wall for decades

While sporty coupes like the Nissan 370Z and the Toyota 86 still exist, as well as muscle cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro, it’s safe to say that other coupes from the past couple of decades have not had such persistent production luck. For example, some popular coupes that are now discontinued include the Honda Accord Coupe, Nissan Altima Coupe, and even the Acura RSX.

If we were to look at the American brands, then you may remember that we said goodbye to classics like the Pontiac G6 (as well as the whole brand), the Buick Riviera, and Chevrolet Monte Carlo. And while it’s obvious that none of these cars would likely win a popularity contest even if they were around today, we can see that there has been an ongoing trend, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it continued in the coming years.

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Indian Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan takes a spin in the new Nissan 370Z sports car during its launch in Mumbai on January 20, 2010. Nissan launched its 370Z sports car, priced around USD 117,500, with plans to introduce nine models to the important Indian market by 2012. AFP PHOTO/ Pal PILLAI. (Photo credit should read PAL PILLAI/AFP via Getty Images)

The end of the Honda Civic Coupe was a tell-tale sign

Honda recently announced that it will be discontinuing the Civic Coupe after the 2020 model year. That’s a huge hit to the two-door market considering the Honda Civic is one of the most popular and best-selling cars to date. However, the Civic Coupe only made up for approximately six percent of overall Civic sales, so it’s easy to see why Honda finally gave it the ax.

Additionally, Mercedes-Benz is planning to discontinue the S-Class coupe after this year, as well as the C-Class and E-Class coupe body styles. According to Autoweek, luxury coupe car sales have declined by 37 percent in the past five years alone and it’s evident as Mercedes isn’t the only German automaker to clean house. Audi discontinued the A3 convertible and the TT to make more room for its forthcoming electric cars. And while it was sad to see cars like those go, it just makes sense.

2020 Honda Civic Coupe Sport on the beach
2020 Honda Civic Coupe Sport | Honda

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Will the coupe live on?

While history does tend to repeat itself, even in the automotive world, it’s still a toss-up as to whether or not the coupe body style will continue to live one. On one hand, there will always be some consumer demand for sporty variants of popular cars. But on the other hand, sedan and SUVs will always win over practical buyers.

So, we’ll just have to see, but for now, enjoy any coupe that you can get your hands on because it could become a forgotten classic in the near future.