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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 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.

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 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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