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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3
Although they share a common name and mechanical underpinnings, the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe and the Hyundai Genesis sedan have little else in common. Where the Genesis sedan is a mid-level luxury cruiser, the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is an affordable, 2-door sports coupe. The coupe and sedan share some components and a few interior bits, but their personalities and missions are very different. The Genesis Coupe has a starting price under $25,000, while the least-expensive 4-door Hyundai Genesis sedan begins some $10,000 higher and approaches $50,000 for its most-expensive version. The Genesis Coupe's engine choices are a turbocharged, 210-horsepower 4-cylinder and a 306-horsepower 3.8-liter V6. A 6-speed manual transmission is available in all versions of the Coupe, while all Genesis sedans are equipped with automatics. More important than the difference between Genesis Coupe and its sedan counterpart is the fact that the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one very cool customer, offering performance equal to or better than the Honda Accord Coupe or Nissan Altima Coupe, while offering an interior and available options more akin to those of the Infiniti G37 or BMW 3 Series.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe makes a great alternative to the smaller Honda Civic Si coupe and pricier Volkswagen GTI. Driving enthusiasts will enjoy the Genesis Coupe's rear-wheel drive setup, a configuration it shares with the Infiniti G37 and BMW 3 Series.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe doesn't offer the precise steering and taut suspension found on the Honda Civic Si or the pricier BMW 1 Series.
There are no major changes for the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
Driving Impressions The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe's ride may prove a bit too harsh for some, but that is exactly what enthusiast driver's love about sports coupes. The base and Premium models...are a bit softer than the R-Spec and Track models, so you may want to test drive a few different trims to see what fits you best. Out on the road, the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe cruises effortlessly, with great power and throttle response from both the V6 and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. Hyundai's 6-speed manual is somewhat rubbery and vague, leaving us to suggest the 3.8's ZF 6-speed automatic with Shiftronic manual paddle shifters. For those who'd 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 a racetrack.
Is there a more boldly styled car available for under $25,000? The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is fun to drive, but it's the sharp sheetmetal that really sets it apart.
What's better than a sports coupe? A sportier one. The rear-wheel drive 2012 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.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe features soft-touch, high-quality plastics nicely molded into pleasing shapes around the dash, door panels and center console. A sprinkling of metal trim helps brighten an otherwise overly black cabin, as do the bright red cloth seat inserts on the R-Spec trims and the light-brown leather available on the Genesis Coupe Grand Touring model. True to its performance nature, the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe's front bucket seats hold firmly during sporting drives, yet remain fairly comfortable even after a few hours behind the wheel. True to its coupe nature, the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe's rear seat won't hold two full-sized adults and might even give kids leg cramps.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe wears dynamic and eye-catching sheetmetal. The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe's raked hood , short rear deck and available split-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels all scream "performance coupe," although some of the Genesis Coupe's character lines, like the disjointed drop at the base of the rear side window, seem a bit over stylized.
The base 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe features a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone connectivity, air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, AM/FM/CD/MP3/iPod/USB audio and remote keyless entry. Safety features for the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe include six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC) with traction control, ABS, electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and brake assist.
The Genesis Coupe is available in six trim levels. The 4-cylinder is available as base, R-spec and Premium, while the V6 is offered in R-spec, Grand Touring and Track. A fully loaded 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe features a 3.8-liter V6, 6-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.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe's 210-horspower, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine has plenty of strength throughout the rev range and operates smoothly with no hint of turbo lag. The 306-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 is even silkier and stronger, 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. Both engines are available with 6-speed manual transmissions. Those who favor automatic transmissions will get a 5-speed mated to the 4-cylinder engine, while the V6's automatic option is a 6-speed unit.
2.0-liter in-line 4 Turbocharged
210 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
223 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 (manual), 20/30 (automatic)
306 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
266 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (manual), 17/27 (automatic)
By Tracker3.8 on Thursday, March 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Drives like a cheetah"
Cons: "track suspension can be tiring on NY roads (bumps"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"The Genesis Coupe gives you all the thrill of driving a sport car for a lot less money. It has everything you want, done well, and nothing you don't need. Performance, great sound and a head-turning design."
By AK on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Hyundai really knocked it out of the park with the Genesis 3.8 GT Coupe. Huge performace, great reliability, gorgeous styling. Low points: hard plastic interior pieces (to save $), some rattles developing even tho car has just 26K miles, harsh ride (even for a sporty coupe). Overall, this car is a performance bargain!"
By Leo on Thursday, February 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fuel efficient, Premium Features, warranty, price"
Cons: "RWD, styling is not very unique"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my first Hyundai after leaving the BMW family. I was tired of paying $20k more for the same amenities but for less power. The Manufacturer warranty is one of the best in the market offered by Hyundai. The speed on my car allows me to zip out of hairy situations on the road. I wish they would have made an AWD version. Most importantly, this vehicle is fuel efficient for being a V8 at 429HP....NICE! I LOVE IT"
By Groucy Old Man on Thursday, February 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Value!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned every type and level of automobile in my 60+ years of driving. As a Grouchy Old Man-I hate everything, everyone, and every car dealer. This Genesis is a great car--I have nothing to "gripe" about. The vehicle runs great, rides great, even the dealers where it has been serviced are first class. The fun is that when it's valet parked people don't know what it is--all think it is a high cost, high end luxury car. The later is true it performs like a high cost luxury car but it is not! Thank You for "listening" to an old guy babble."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By DS in NC on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Vallue, great ride, very comfortable"
Cons: "No 4 Wheel Drive Option"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I reluctantly traded in my Mercedes and bought this 2013 program car 2013 Genesis. I have to say that I am very pleased with the vehicle. I have a very long commute and therefore overall ride, comfort, and reliability are very important to me. The car rides and handles well and I have lots more room than my Mercedes. What a joy to take the vehicle in for an oil change and pay 10% of what an oil change service visit was at the Mercedes dealership. What a great value and great low cost of ownership"
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By David on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"This is sad. I paid $51,000 for this car 4 months ago. now I am told that it is only valued at 24,000. A serious waste of money. Talk about over priced!"
1 person out of 6 found this review helpful