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2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.7

No other coupe/ sedan twosome is more dissimilar than the Hyundai Genesis collection. The four-door Genesis is an entry-luxury sedan that starts at about $34,000, the two-door version is a less-lavish sports coupe that starts at about $23,000, and they look nothing alike inside or out. But we're fans of both. Available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or powerful V6, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a viable alternative to a wide range of otherwise-unrelated cars that includes the Honda Civic Si, Ford Mustang and Infiniti G Coupe.

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Compared to, for example, the Honda Civic Si, the four-cylinder 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T offers far bolder sheetmetal. In fully-loaded V6 form, the Genesis Coupe is a more affordable alternative to the Infiniti G Coupe. In all cases, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one fun, stylish ride.

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The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe doesn't offer the same levels of driving feel or overall refinement as proven sports coupes, such as the Civic Si or the pricier Infiniti G Coupe.

What's New for 2011

Only a year into its existence, the Genesis Coupe has been given the kind of interior makeover we wouldn't expect to see until a mid-cycle refresh. Hyundai has been quick to address shortcomings, and the Genesis Coupe's interior wasn't as well-received as the rest of the car. A lean-and-mean Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec also joins the lineup for 2011.

Driving the Genesis Coupe
Driving Impressions

The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe rides too harsh for some – which is exactly the kind of thing a performance-seeking buyer wants to hear. For those who would gladly trade...

... some highway comfort for better handling and road-feel, the Genesis Coupe is at its very best when being tossed back and forth down a canyon road or around a racetrack. We had a chance to drive the 2.0T model with a manual transmission and the V6 with an automatic, and found both responsive. The shifting action of the manual transmission wasn't as refined or precise as we would have liked, but the unit worked well overall. The Genesis Coupe is fun to drive and can give more expensive coupes an honest run for their money.

Sleek Styling
Is there a more boldly styled car available for under $25,000? The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is fun to drive and all, but it's the sharp sheetmetal that really sets it apart.

Track Trim
What's better than a sports car? A sportier one. The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe can hang with some serious competition as is, but with a limited-slip differential, tighter suspension and bigger brakes, the Track and R-Spec trims are even more formidable.

2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Details
2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe photo Interior

The 2010 Genesis Coupe was dinged for a somewhat austere interior that didn't live up to the promise of the bold, overachieving sheetmetal. Hyundai wasted no time in addressing the issue. The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe features softer, higher-quality materials throughout, plus some added chrome-finish trim pieces that tastefully liven up the joint. The front seats hold firmly and are comfortable even for longer rides; the small rear seat is at its best while hosting children and smaller adults.

Exterior

The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe wears the boldest, sportiest sheetmetal ever penned by the Korean automaker. Although the styling is aggressive, it's a look we think will withstand the test of time.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

At the starting sticker price, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone connectivity, air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, auto headlights, AM/FM/CD/MP3/iPod/USB audio and remote keyless entry. Safety features for the Genesis Coupe include six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC) with traction control, ABS, electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and brake assist.

Optional Equipment

A fully-loaded 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe features a 3.8-liter V6, six-speed automatic transmission, navigation system, 10-speaker premium audio system, power sunroof, keyless entry and start, backup warning system, auto climate control, heated leather seats and power driver's seat. Opting for Track or R-Spec trims nets a combination of the following: Limited-slip differential, track-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels and HID headlights.

Under the Hood

The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has plenty of power throughout the rev range and operates smoothly with no hint of turbo lag. The 3.8-liter V6 is even silkier and more powerful, but the added weight forces a compromise in handling. Both engine choices offer their own advantages, and buyers will find either well-suited for daily and performance driving. The automatic transmission for the 2.0T is a five-speed, while that for the V6 is a six-speed.

2.0-liter Turbocharged In-line four
210 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
223 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 (manual), 20/30 (automatic)

3.8-liter V6
306 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (manual), 17/27 (automatic)

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2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 416 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Great But

By on Sunday, July 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,764

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, Great price, Fast"

Cons: "Stiff ride, premiun gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I love my car a lot i bought it brand new, If you want a stiff ride fast and can easily cut through traffic , this is the car for you. But if you want little more luxury and don't want to have to put premium gas in your car then I would look else were."

Best sports car I've ever owned for the money!

By on Sunday, June 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast, Fun, Handling."

Cons: "A little stiff for a big soft guy like me."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Love this car!

"I bought this car used about four months ago and it's awesome for the money I paid (about 16k). It had about 53k miles on the odometer and was in basically mint condition. I love this car. It's fast and luxury all wrapped up in one. I never owned a Hyundai before, but I'm sold on this brand now. Don't hesitate, buy this car!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love this car!

Finest vehicle we have ever owned

By on Saturday, June 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,188

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Flawless car, very nimble, really fun to drive"

Cons: "Outside temp guage is not displayed full time."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We initially leased the 3.8 Genesis (black pearl ext & cashmere leather int) with Premium Package as a trial. We have owned seven new Cadillac (only) automobiles from 1986 through 2013. Not one of them would compare to the quality form, fit, and function of the 2013 Genesis sedan. The 3.8 engine delivered astonishing gas mileage on our trips (up to 31 mpg @ 80 mph); while performing like a muscular V-8 at all times. It came with 4 manuals which must be reviewed in detail to completely enjoy all of the features available. For the first 3 years of use, and through today, absolutely nothing has failed or required attention. On the road, the only real sound is your breathing, or the 14 speakers playing! We were so pleased with the car, we purchased it. No more Cadillac cars for us."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Would buy it again tomorrow!

By on Friday, May 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks, V6 power, handling, grip, and reliability"

Cons: "Shifter is vague, stability control too intrusive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Two years and 16K miles and I would still buy this car again. My 3.8 Rspec has everything I need, (although it lacks cruise control), and really nothing that I miss. Audio is great for a factory piece, the ride is firm enough when it needs to be but not jarring. The handling and grip is terrific when the stability control is turned off. Otherwise, the stability control is too intrusive. Power is fantastic across the rev range, and pulls well from low revs. The 6spd shifter is a bit vague but the gearing is very good for spirited driving. The V6 exhaust note is very nice, which I improved a bit w/ a Magnaflow cat back system. Reliability has been perfect, no issues. Mobil 1 oil changes every 5K, and that's all I've spent on the car. Couldn't ask for a better daily driver, especially one that I can still take to the track on the weekends. Highly recommend."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Love it, but left me stranded twice

By on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,750

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "price, fun to drive, comfort"

Cons: "not reliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I love this car for so many reasons. The saddle leather is to die for. The stereo is great. It handles very well and is quite comfortable on long hauls. It also passes trucks on a 6% incline like few others on the road. My one major problem is that it has left me stranded twice. The first happened in June 2015. The car had about 12,000 miles on it. That time it just would not start. It had some power but everything else was locked down. The dealer replaced the engine control module (the engine's computer). It took over three weeks because they had to ship it from Korea. This time (May 2016), it did not even have power. Not only would it not start, there was no power at all. I could not even open the trunk (there is a secret physical lock that the service dept. had to show me. It's not the battery and they have to bring an expert in because they can't even run a diagnostic. It makes me so sad because I love so much about the car, but I don't trust it anymore. It's also sad because our 1972 Chevy truck has only left us stranded twice (44 years old vs 2 years old0."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

WHY BUY A MERCEDES BENZ

By on Monday, March 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, handling and overall quality."

Cons: "Slow transmission shifts."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The Hyundai Genesis is an outstanding value and in my opinion is comparable with Mercedes Benz, BMW and a much better value than Lexus. I own the R-Spec 229 HP model and the power output is absolutely outstanding. The interior is leather and is wearing well. The sound system is exceptionally good and the navigation system works well but entering destinations requires some patience due to the manner in which addresses are entered. For a large, heavy sedan handling and cornering are outstanding. The only complaint that I have with this car is that the automatic 8 speed is slower than I like in selecting a gear under heavy acceleration. Basically everything considered, I love this car."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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