STATUS: No more four-cylinder base engine - Tall wagons (also known as crossovers or utility vehicles) appear to be taking over the world. Fortunately, there are still a few fun coupes on the market and within financial reach of the average buyer to make life (and driving) interesting. The Q60's slinky lines are somewhat reminiscent of the now-retired Honda Accord Coupe, other than a few extra creases, a subtle hitch in the rear-window pillar, and, of course, the very cool mesh grille with chrome surround. The exterior is matched with an equally-sharp-looking cockpit with well-bolstered seats in faux or optional real leather. Now that the turbocharged four-cylinder base engine has been retired (it's also no longer available in the Q50 sedan), the sole remaining powerplant is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that puts out 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. To satisfy performance needs, the version in the top-end Red Sport puts out 400 horses and 395 pound-feet. Both are connected to seven-speed automatic transmissions and each can be hooked to all-wheel-drive.
Base price (incl. destination): $41,900
Type: Two-door coupe
Engines (h.p.): 3.0-liter V-6, twin-turbocharged (300/400);
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Layout: Rear- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway): 19/28/23
Base weight (lb.): 3,750