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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 415 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

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
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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

Actually better than expected

By on Friday, February 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Fast for 3.8 --great handling vehicle-"

Cons: "noisy tyres on cetain pavement"

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

"There was actually one problem I noticed about this vehicle, the window sticker stated 24mpg hwy and I actually get closer to 27mpg at 75mph. Even my city mpg is higher than the 19mpg shown. I just wish I could get traffic information on my GPS."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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