Our Top 5 Coolest Used Coupe Cars: All Under $3,000!

Top 5 Cool Coupes Under $3,000 - BE FORWARD

If you’re a driver who loves nothing more than a sleek and powerful vehicle to prowl the streets in, a used coupe may just be what you’re looking for. Think that these beauties will put a drain on your wallet? Think again—the classy coupes listed here can all be found on BE FORWARD for less than $3,000! Read on to find out more about the best used coupes you can buy right now.

Best Low-Cost Coupes at BE FORWARD

Which coupe sedans and sports cars are the best available at BE FORWARD? Take a quick look at which models we will be reviewing below.

 Audi TTMazda RX-8Nissan Fairlady ZBMW 3 SeriesToyota Celica
Engine Performance160hp192-231hp280hp150-170hp143-192hp
Fuel Consumption10.6km/L9km/L9.8km/L17km/L13km/L
Key Features391L Boot Space

Low Ground Clearance

Leather Interior
18-inch Wheels

Stylish Headlights

Large Boot Space
Large Cabin

CD Player

Powerful A/C
Heated Mirrors

17-inch Wheels

Large Boot Space
Folding Seats

CD Player

15-inch Wheels
Capacity4 Passengers2-4 Passengers2 Passengers4 Passengers2-4 Passengers
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$1,700
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$2,900
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$2,200
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$1,400

What is a Coupe Car?

What exactly makes a coupe, a coupe? Is simply the number of doors the only difference between a coupe and a sedan? Not entirely—a sedan can sometimes be found in 2-door variants, while a coupe can never be found with 4 doors. What sets the coupe apart, is that it does not have window frames or the doorposts that you find on sedans. When the rear windows of the coupe are rolled down together with the front ones, they create one large opening, without a column in between.

The side view of a used 2003 Toyota Celica from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.

Above: Side view of a used 2003 Toyota Celica

Coupes are also smaller and have a roof that slopes lower to the back, which limits the amount of space available in the rear. While a sedan seats 5 people comfortably, a coupe is designed to seat 2 to 4 people as it has a 2 + 2 seat arrangement; but even then, the rear seats are a better fit for kids or smaller-sized adults. This more compact size helps to make coupe cars some of the coolest used cars on the market.


5. Used Audi TT

used audi tt exterior cool coupe

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Now in its third generation, the Audi TT boasts an exciting design across the many model types available. Its 1st generation was produced between 1998 to 2006, 2nd from 2006 to 2014, and 3rd from 2014 to present. Over each of its generational shifts, there have been many improvements. In this short review, we will take a closer look at the 2nd generation Audi TT. You can also find a number of different used Audi TT for sale at BE FORWARD!

Interior

The interior of the Audi TT is nothing short of impressive, something synonymous with most German-made cars. Being a coupe, it may not be as roomy as many people might like, but the space available is comfortable and luxurious. It has a decent amount of legroom and headroom, can fit a passenger capacity of 4, and offers a boot space of around 391 liters.

Exterior

The Audi TT lies fairly low to the ground, with about 4.4 inches of ground clearance—something to be wary of when clearing speed bumps on African highways. Its thin headlights emphasise a sense of movement, and with the addition of alloy wheels this coupe gives off a youthful and sporty vibe.

used audi tt interior cool coupe

Engine & Fuel Consumption

The 2nd generation of the Audi TT can most likely be found with a 1.8-L L4 20-valve Turbo DOHC, although there is also a 3.2-liter V6 engine in some trims.  The fuel system used is SMPI, and its fuel tank capacity is 55 liters. On average, the Audi TT can reach around 10.6km/l for both highway and city driving combined.

How Much is a Used Audi TT?

You can find low-cost used Audi TT models on BE FORWARD from around $1,100 to $1,700*.

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4. Used Mazda RX-8

used mazda rx-8 exterior cool coupe

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Mazda is known for making cars with a lot of aesthetic appeal and value, and arguably the best looking of all its models would have to be the Mazda RX-8, which was produced across two generations before being discontinued in 2012. If you would like a coupe that may also become a collectible in the future, the RX-8 may be for you.

Interior

The interior of the RX-8 coupe is compact but comfortable. This is a sports car, and therefore the manufacturer gives more attention to looks and speed than to space. As with most coupe interior arrangements, it offers 2 + 2 seats with the rear seats offering a smaller amount of space than in the front, and an average boot space of around 215 liters. Grained plastic can be found across the dashboard and sides, in addition to splashes of colour accents that spice up the interior.

Exterior

The hulking, sloping form of the Mazda RX-8 looks fantastic from all angles, making this coupe more akin to a racecar. Its large 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels further add to its allure, in addition to slim headlights that make this car look like a fierce predator when out on the road.

interior of a cool used mazda rx-8 coupe

Engine & Fuel Consumption

The Mazda RX-8 was the last of its kind to offer a rotary engine with a 1.3-liter displacement. Its fuel system is multipoint injection, with a fuel type of petrol and average tank capacity of around 60 liters, as well as a fuel consumption of roughly 9km/L across highway and city combined.

How Much is a Used Mazda RX-8?

You can find low-cost used Mazda RX-8 models on BE FORWARD from around $800 to $1,800*.

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3. Used Nissan Fairlady Z

exterior of a cool used nissan fairlady z coupe

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The Nissan Fairlady Z is a sports car that has been manufactured across six generations by Nissan, from as far back as 1969 to its more modern variations today. This long-running coupe has also been marketed as the Datsun and Nissan Bluebird across different export markets.

Interior

Nissan is well-known for making very stylish cars, and the Fairlady Z is no exception. Although it features a primarily plastic interior, you’d be hard off realizing this as everything is sleek and gives off a feeling of faux leather. In addition to its comfortable bucket seats and 2 to 4 seating configuration, the Fairlady Z also features a beautifully designed dashboard, an abundance of cabin storage, and an additional compact boot space of 116 liters to carry small to medium luggage.

Exterior

From its very first generations to its latter the Nissan Fairlady Z oozes a sense of cool, be it vintage or contemporary. It offers a slanted roof line that has been designed to look quite similar to the lower part of the car and also rides low to the ground, which is good for maintaining center of gravity but calls for caution when crossing speed bumps or rough terrain. One thing to note is that more recent models of the Fairlady Z tend to be fitted with 2 seats instead of 4.

interior of a cool used nissan fairlady z coupe

Engine & Fuel Consumption

Under the bonnet of the Nissan Fairlady Z you will commonly find a powerful 6-cylinder 3.5-liter engine, which has been mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed automatic transmission with rear wheel drive.  For fuel consumption, the Fairlady Z reaches an average of around 9.8 km/L, running on a petrol-fulled SMPI system with a tank capacity of around 75 liters.

How Much is a Used Nissan Fairlady Z?

You can find low-cost used Nissan Fairlady Z models on BE FORWARD from around $1,700 to $2,900*.

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2. Used BMW 3 Series Coupe

exterior of a cool used bmw 3 series coupe

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The BMW 3 series, which has been produced in coupe, wagon, and sedan body styles, has been in production for 7 generations. The BMW 3 Series Coupe was designed for drivers who love the combination of a chic European design and sheer power beneath the hood, allowing them to zoom across roads and highways in style. Here we take a quick look in this BMW 3 Series Coupe used car review.

Interior

BMW interiors never disappoint, and among all the coupes featured here the BMW 3 Series Coupe is the most spacious of all thanks to its decent supply of headroom, legroom, and comfortable seating space for two people. Its stylish interior also features a bevy of convenient cabin storage including cup holders, door pockets, and a deep glove compartment. Additionally, its boot space is large—offering up to around 480 liters—making this car a good choice for a small family.

Exterior

Following in the footsteps of similar sized coupes, the BMW 3 Series Coupe is elongated, features polished curves, is low to the ground, and offers big 17-inch alloy wheels for most models. Additional features include electrically adjustable and heated mirrors and other convenient components that make it a very appealing coupe. Sporty in design and a beast in performance, it is easy to see that the BMW 3 Series Coupe is one of BMW’s most popular cars.

interior of a cool used bmw 3 series coupe

Engine & Fuel Consumption

Many models of the BMW 3 Series Coupe come with a 3.0-liter twin turbo engine with the option of petrol or diesel, and a fuel tank capacity of around 60 liters. Its fuel consumption is also impressive, reaching roughly 17km/L on average.

How Much is a Used BMW 3 Series Coupe?

You can find low-cost used BMW 3 Series Coupe models on BE FORWARD from around $800 to $2,200*.

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1. Used Toyota Celica

exterior of a cool used toyota celica coupe

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The Toyota Celica was produced from 1970 to 2006, across a total of seven generations. Despite being out of production for more than 10 years, it remains one of the best looking, most stylish,  and truly cool coupes you can find today thanks to its timeless design.

Interior

The interior of the Celica is very polished, comfortable, and surprisingly roomy. The driver’s seat is adjustable in a number of ways, and examples of features on offer include a tiltable steering wheel, CD changer in some models, powerful air conditioning, and safety features such as airbags. It can seat 4 adults with ease, and as a bonus has a generous boot space of 365 liters which can be increased to 479 liters by folding the rear seats.

Exterior

There is no doubt that this car is one of the most stylish low-end coupes in the world today. It boasts well-defined lines and headlights (which depending on the model year range from round, thin, or slanted), a high ground clearance of 5.5 inches, and 15-inch alloy wheels. Interestingly, the boot door of the Toyota Celica is combined with the window and it opens up fully, like you would expect from a hatchback.

interior of a cool used toyota celica coupe

Engine & Fuel Consumption

Most Celica models run on a gas I4, 1.8-liter VVTi, 16-valve engine with a fuel system of SEFI, fuel type of petrol, and fuel tank capacity of around 53 liters. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission and runs on a front-wheel drive train. One of the most fuel-friendly coupes on this list, the Toyota Celica reaches an average of around 13km/L.

How Much is a Used Toyota Celica?

You can find low-cost used Toyota Celica models on BE FORWARD from around $960 to $1,400*.

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Which Coupe is Best for You?

Secondhand coupes do not come any better than the ones listed here, but if you’re spoiled for choice, take a look at our recommendations below.

Mazda RX-8 and Audi TT: Best for those interested in sportscars with gorgeous looks as well as solid performance

BMW 3 Series Coupe: Best for those looking for a decent amount of space in addition to great handling

Toyota Celica and Nissan Fairlady Z: Best for those looking for relatively cheap maintenance and overall running costs


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