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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2012

There are no major changes for the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

Driving the 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.

Sleek Styling
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.

Track Trim
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.

2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Details
2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe photo Interior

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.

Exterior
2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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)

3.8-liter V6
306 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
266 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (manual), 17/27 (automatic)

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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 358 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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

I love driving this car!!

By on Monday, November 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Sleek look fun to drive"

Cons: "Rear wheel drive"

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

"Love this car. Pick up getting on highways fab and the sound system is awesome..worth every penny if you are into music. Only negative is rear wheel drive. Awful in snow. But new models are all wheel drive. Will definitely buy again"

Love it, leased it, bought it out.

By on Saturday, November 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Acceleration like knife cutting through butter"

Cons: "Seat is for short person"

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

"Leased new in 2009. Had soft brakes 5 or 6 times. Told dealer could not find issue. Lease was up, I still bought it out because I loved the car. Brake recall came 12/2013 at 73,000. Took it to another dealer who completed work and also had Hyundai replace my engine with new one because of click, click, click on start up. Car rides smooth as silk. Love it still."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

My video 

Genesis on Highway from inside my Genesis

Best car I've ever owned.

By on Monday, November 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great car for a great price."

Cons: "People are always asking for some Grey Poupon."

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

"The perfect car for me. I bought it new, after it sat in the dealer's lot, for a year. Because of this, I was able to negotiate a killer deal. A $45,000 car, for $32,000. I plan to keep it at least 10 years, so the resale value doesn't bother me."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great vehicle at an attractive price

By on Friday, November 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price, great car, great performance."

Cons: "Limited view when backing up."

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

"A friend in the auto industry drives this car more than I. He owns or has owned top of the line vehicles and rates the Genesis right up there. The only fault (???) he observed was bouncing when going over extremely rough pavement. There are few cars that do not exhibit this trait. I have owned over 25 new cars (most top of the line)and I am well pleased with the Genesis. An identical Genesis gave well over 30 MPG on a long trip averaging 70 MPH most of the time."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Resale value is terrible.

By on Thursday, October 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Lots of bells and whistles"

Cons: "Resale value"

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

"Bought a new Genesis at $45,000,wanted to trade it in but found out it is only worth $20,000. LOST OVER $25,000 IN 1 YEAR. Nice car, but terrible resale value,"

26 people out of 41 found this review helpful

Plenty of power, great MPG

By on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quality, power, fuel economy, warranty"

Cons: "OEM tires, depreciation rate"

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

"I would highly recommend this car to anyone were it not for the high rate of depreciation I've experienced. A comparably equipped Honda Accord with the same mileage is worth about $4K more on a trade. If I were to do it over again, I'd still get the car, but a certified used one. I've owned three Hyundais and they've been very good and reliable, but I suppose some people still have the belief that they're cheaply made "throw-away" cars like they were in the 80's. That's too bad, they're really good cars now, and a great value if you hold onto them for a few years. BTW, I do plan on doing that. As far as the tires that came on the car, they're useless in the snow and get noisy after about 15k miles. Hyundai has since used another tire brand."

19 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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