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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3

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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 6.7
  • 8.2
  • 7.3
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How It Ranks

#10

out of 13

Fuel Economy

#5

out of 14

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.9 out of 10
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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Low/wide front photo 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
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Front angle view photo

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 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view 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
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Engine photo

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)

Not so long ago, value was the only feature Hyundai could hang its hat on. And even then it required an asterisk, because the pricing advantages were mitigated by lagging resale values. Hyundai isn't selling cars for $4,995 anymore, but its lineup offers more value than ever. The 2013 Genesis Coupe has a starting sticker price of $25,125 and tops out at $35,125 when fully loaded, putting it roughly in line with Ford Mustang pricing. If you're looking for a performance coupe and don't find fault with the Genesis Coupe's driving and controls feel, the sticker prices, feature set and resale value qualify it as a smart value.

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 350 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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

Sold a Porsche to get a Hyundai?

By on Thursday, August 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, fast, surprising"

Cons: "No brand cache. "You sold a Porsche for a Hyundai"

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

"Sold my Porsche Boxster S and Porsche Cayenne Turbo and bought Genesis. To heck with brand cache. I loved the Boxster and had problems with the Cayenne. Friends asked if I was in financial difficuly. No, I just needed a better car for new job with much driving. Genesis has been awesome and truly a surprise. My first Asian car and it has been great to drive, no issues, fast, comfortable and great driving for bargain price."

13 people out of 24 found this review helpful

8 spd auto matched to the 4cyl turbo is a disaster

By on Saturday, August 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,500

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

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

"Words can't express how disappointed I am with this car. Vehicle is always in the wrong gear when power is needed and has to downshift a couple of gears to find power, then the car simply lurches forward as the engine roars. The engineers must have been snickering when the bosses said build an 8speed auto in a 4 cylinder laggy turbo. The only way to really drive this car is with the paddle shifters. Also Hyundai overstated EPA estimates by 14%, reducing mileage on the 2.0 Premium down to 17 mpg from 21 mpg. This car is a joke."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Solid low cost sports car.

By on Thursday, July 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Base Price, Fun level, Beautiful, Torque"

Cons: "Maintenance Cost, Plastic Interior Parts, Tires"

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

100mph Standing Still

"Purchased the vehicle brand new in Spring 2013 and have had it for 15 months. Don't want to let this car go but starting a family. Great handling and engine reliability. No issues whatsoever mechanically. It does have a turbo charger so top shelf parts and synthetic oils etc are a must. The base/stock purchase still has many bells and whistles including bluetooth and usb hookups for smartphones etc, pretty rims, dual exhaust. Almost all controls are on the steering wheel and it has a paddle shift option on the steering wheel as well with an option to go manual on the shifter. Well rounded safety with airbags everywhere. There is a small delay when applying throttle due to the turbo winding up, and there is a small turbo lag, but the care jumps up to speed when needed and the low center of gravity allows it to turn on a dime. Goes through tires every 30000 miles for the average motorist. If you drive it hard you get around 20 miles to the gallon and if you are light on the throttle you'll get close to 30 miles to the gallon. Fantastic car and turns heads as well. Priced fairly in the mid 20k range for brand new. This car won't break the bank, and if someone in a Ferrari pulls up next to you at a red light, they will do a double take."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

100mph Standing Still

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