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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

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Because it has the look, the features and all the right numbers when the rubber meets the road, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe – even with all its impressive improvements – leaves us wanting for better intangibles. Suspension and driving feel are two of Hyundai's biggest opportunities for improvement, and the opportunity is especially glaring on a rear-drive car designed to deliver visceral thrills. If you want a high-value, high-style, high-power, high-grip coupe, definitely check out the Genesis Coupe. If you demand driving feel and related intangibles, check out your local Scion, Subaru or even your Ford dealer.

You'll Like This Car If...

At base price and fully loaded, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis is a lot of car for the money – thanks in large part to a metric ton of style. Now that the Hyundai badge has shed so much of its baggage, the Genesis Coupe is a nice way to go bold without breaking the bank.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you like the idea of a performance car that becomes an extension of your mind by way of your hands and (both) feet, consider fighting through the horsepower haze to a Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ. If you're ready for maximum minimalist enlightenment, meditate on a Mazda MX-5 Miata. And if raw power is indeed priority one, you'll find a more engaging driving partner in the Ford Mustang.

What's New for 2013

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe gets its mid-cycle refresh for 2013, and it's an impressive one. The front end is meaner looking, the engines are much more powerful, and the interior is more stylish.

Driving the Genesis Coupe

Driving Impressions The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe looks like a hot import sports coupe, but drives more like a muscle car. Power is a definite strong suit – the 4- and 6-cylinder...

engines are both terrific – but the Genesis Coupe doesn't offer the refined man-machine interface or nuanced feedback that separates mere performance cars from true driver's cars. We had a blast in the Genesis Coupe on the racetrack, but when the relationship progressed into a daily routine, the car's steering, shifter and suspension shortcomings amounted to a language barrier. For our money, the Genesis Coupe is at its best when outfitted with the V6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission – and driven with a smooth, fast, grand touring mindset.

BLUELINK
Find the cheapest nearby gas, dictate and send a text message, get an alert if someone's driving your car somewhere they shouldn't... Hyundai's BlueLink system is full of cool features.

STRIKING STYLING
Can we count sheet metal as a feature? Clearly, one of the Genesis Coupe's strongest selling points is its hot look.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Details
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe photo Interior

Interior styling has been a strong point in Hyundai vehicles of late, and for 2013, the Genesis Coupe's comprehensive freshening includes a restyled center stack and the addition of electroluminescent gauges. It doesn't go pound-for-pound with stretch competitors like the Infiniti G or BMW 1 Series, but it definitely offers a richer environment than non-lux foes like the Ford Mustang and Scion FR-S.

Exterior
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe photo

If you dressed a 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe in the badges of a less familiar European exotic brand, you could fool plenty of people into thinking you'd made some really insightful investments. It really does carry that kind of presence, especially with the changes for 2013 that include a completely new face highlighted by a big new grille. If you want an affordable, powerful sports coupe that's big, bold and without a hint of retro influence, the Genesis Coupe is it.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe lineup starts at $25,125 (including destination) with the Genesis Coupe 2.0T. In addition to a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission, the base Genesis Coupe features Bluetooth phone connectivity, iPod/USB and auxiliary audio inputs, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and automatic headlights. Every Genesis Coupe is covered by a full complement of active and passive safety features, as well as Hyundai's 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Optional Equipment

A fully loaded Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track with automatic transmission tops out at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $35,125. In addition to the traditional upgrades – leather seats, moonroof, upgraded audio – upper-tier models offer high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED running lights, proximity-sensing unlock and push-button start, touchscreen navigation, and BlueLink telematics. The racier R-Spec and Track models offer an even stiffer/sportier suspension, a Torsen limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes and 19-inch wheels.

Under the Hood

Thanks in part to a new turbocharger, the Genesis Coupe's 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine now cranks out an impressive 64 more horsepower for a grand total of 274. And with the addition of direct injection, the 3.8-liter V6 is up 42 horsepower to 348. Torque figures are also up and, impressively, so is fuel economy (just a tad). Both engines now offer the choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a new 8-speed automatic.

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
274 horsepower (260 w/regular gas) @ 6,000 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque (260 w/regular gas) @ 2,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (manual), 20/31 mpg (automatic)

3.8-liter V6 engine
348 horsepower (344 w/regular gas) @ 6,400 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque (292 w/regular gas) @ 5,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (manual), 18/28 mpg (automatic)

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 384 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

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 4 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 3 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

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."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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