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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 380 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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

Sweet used Genesis 4.6

By on Monday, April 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,500

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very nice content with lots of features. Limo ride"

Cons: "Gas mileage is so so, but heck it's a V8."

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

"Found on line at Carmax with only 33000 miles. Has everything I wanted like Nav, backup camera, moonroof, smoooooooth V8. Got for decent price. I call it a poor man's Lexus LS or GS, and I've had both. Great value, just maybe not prestigious as the big boys."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

what a great car!! people are missing out

By on Monday, April 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

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
8/10

Pros: "Great design, powerful engine, no mechanical issue"

Cons: "small trunk space"

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

"i have been driving Genesis coupe 3.8 grand touring for 3 years now (mine is 2013). I still get really impressed with its performance on freeways. The powerful engine and the sound is also very sexy. It really rocks. I also think that it's under valued and under estimated by people's perception. I think the price is really low for what you get. The real leather is really good quality, the engine is powerful, the drive is so smooth. For 3 years, I never had any problem. People at service are very helpful and friendly. When I went to Audi, Lexus, BMW the sales people there already looked down on this car. I asked if they tried or drove one. They don't know how great his car is and just say things from perception. Although we can't change what people have in their mind, I think once you drive this car, this car is definitely worth every single penny I spent."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love it so far

By on Monday, April 06, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Comfortable, roomy, solid performer in all areas."

Cons: "Rear-wheel drive not very good in snow."

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

"I picked up a 2014 Genesis (2,000 miles on it) with navigation, sun roof, etc. for $30,500 and immediately drove it from CT to FL and back again. It's a wonderful, comfortable cruising machine with lots of room for passengers and stuff, and we even averaged over 30 miles per gallon during highway stretches. I don't think I'd trust it in the snow, but other than that - great."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Resale value............

By on Sunday, April 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,500

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Luxury looks, luxury ride. Plenty of hp."

Cons: "NONE"

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

"Overall, could not ask for a better vehicle. Having been in the USAF, lived in Europe for over 11yrs, this car does equal the Germany badges in every way but one, expensive maintenance. My only grip, resale value. I wish I had known 2 years from purchase, I could find this car at 17 to 21k with 30k in mileage. Luckily I got a good deal, and not looking to upgrade at the moment. As for those on the fence, find a used Genesis 3.8. Worth every penny plus some. You will not regret the purchase."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

It is a great car for the price

By on Saturday, April 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "No sun roof, no remote starter"

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

"This car was a demo that the dealership could not sell. Well, that work to my advantage. Car got a lot of power, wonderful handling, and great style."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love it

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

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

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

"This car has been great to me my wife and I really love it.Its a 09 and still has a lot of current feat that other cars companies are just added to there line up's I have the 4.6 and this car is super fast again compared to others this cars gives you more bang for our buck I will prob trade for new style in a few years I bought it in 9/14 and this far no complaints at all. I bought it with 83,250 miles and now has 89,000 I hate racking up the miles but I love to drive it I hope it cont to do well as more miles are added I do here great this from people that have more miles"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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