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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 385 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
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Great car overall.

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,600

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fabulous value, very fast and smooth"

Cons: "ride a little choppy"

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

"Engine very fast and very smooth. I've had zero problems in 3 years. Great tech, sound system, comfort, handling, trunk, rear seat. My only complaint is that the ride could be a little smoother."

Poor interior quality

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Surprisingly powerful. Fun to slide around in."

Cons: "Quality of materials. Body pannel fitment."

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

"The interior has a lot of plastic components that don't fit *quite* right. The fauz leather on the shift knob as already begun to show signs of wear, as has the stitching on the steering wheel. The rear window is also too low for anybody larger than a petite pre-teen to sit in the back seat comfortably. The hood and trunk also don't sit *quite* flush with their surrounding body panels. The fake hood vents and large amounts of black plastic in the front aren't very good looking either. Overall, it has the appearance of a cheap Korean knock-off of an actual sports car, which ... it kind of is. It's all made up for with the power and handling though. Haven't had any reliability issues with anything mechanical yet, but it's still practically new, so that is yet to be seen. The lack of quality in the interior makes me wonder where else the designers might have cut corners."

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

Great value sports coupe -- but corners cut

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "value, fun to drive, performance, mpg"

Cons: "cheap interior, bad paint"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a great bang for the buck sports coupe. The performance and handling are really good for the price - you'll pay $10K more to get the kind of stats that this little car gets from other models. However, when you've owned one for a while like I have - you start to poke and prod. Then you see the little problems that add up over time - the corners Hyundai cut to get that retail price down. Most notable - as others have said - is the exterior paint quality. You'll take a pebble strike, it'll make a nick, and the paint will start peeling in quite noticeable amounts. Sometime it just randomly peels in places. I had the hood repainted because of that problem and now the left-front fender is peeling pretty badly and I just don't feel like spending the money. If I keep it I will eventually have to get it completely re-painted with quality paint, sealant, clear coat - that's a $2000 job if it's a dime. Other parts of the interior and exterior are plasticky and little things will start wearing, surprisingly soon. I guess you can't have something for nothing and if you want a sports coupe that looks like it cost $38K, you need to actually pay 38K."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great car for the money, but lousy quality paint

By on Saturday, April 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,989

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "love the package for the money !"

Cons: "bad peeling paint!!!"

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

"2012 Genesis with white paint...began peeling during the warranty period. Fixed twice in different places, but now peeling in new spots. Dealer can't do anything without Hyundai factory blessings, and the Hyundai corporate customer relations people refuse to acknowledge that the paint is defective. Therefore , they won't fix the problem, and blame the owner for some "outside influence". If you are thinking of buying a Hyundai, don't! They will drop you like a hot potato rather than own up to the product issues. They obviously don't care about having good customer retention. They have not even asked to have their own Engineers examine the paint problems. If you are currently having similar issues with your paint peeling, let everyone know by posting it all over the place. Maybe the Hyundai factory people will take their heads out of the sand and really try to fix their issues. They must not care about their reputation. They are fortunate to have done very well with good products in recent years, but obviously don't care about standing behind their products and customer retention."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great value fand my third one!

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very comfortable with a roomy interior and trunk.."

Cons: "Handling could be improved upon"

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

"Very comfortable and well equipped vehicle. Dealer maimtenance costs are lower than than other luxury cars I have owned."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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."

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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