Cadillac CTS - it felt and drove good. looks good too. huge sunroof was awesome. tried the 300hp model since it gets the same gas mileage. wish it wasnt a sedan, but the coupe doesnt come out til fall. it becomes a serious upsell for options, so i'll have to run those numbers. even with the family discount, i'm not sure i liked it enough for the cost. its reliability is unknown and its resell value retention is unknown too.
Infiniti G35 coupe - tried to drive a used version, but the Infiniti dealer pretty much blew me off. guess i didnt look like i had any money. only got to see that its base is mostly identical to the Nissan 350z.
Honda Accord coupe - this drove and felt pretty good too, i tried the 4 cylinder version. they've stopped making the hybrid entirely. it should have great reliability, gas mileage is good too.
so nothing has jumped out as being the right car for me. the frontrunners are probably Nissan Altima and Honda Accord coupes. will look at used cars next.