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2013 Hyundai Genesis

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7

Hyundai has successfully created a line of high-end performance-luxury sedans that are gaining traction with the public. The 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan is a powerful, well-equipped, mid-size luxury 4-door sedan that on paper is every bit the equal (and, in some cases, the better) of similar models from Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Acura and BMW. Yet the Genesis is priced against such not-quite-luxury sedans as the Chrysler 300, Nissan Maxima and Volkswagen CC, which fall well short of the Hyundai's content. With power supplied by a choice of frugal V6 (28 highway mpg) or potent V8 (429 horsepower), the upscale Genesis sedan is taking Hyundai to places the brand has never been.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you don't care about brand image, but you do care about getting lots of cool stuff in a potent sedan costing thousands less than the high-status competition, you'll love the 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Some people wear their cars like they wear Prada or Gucci. If this applies to you, having a Hyundai logo on your new luxury car's trunk lid probably won't excite you. But that Mercedes-Benz or Lexus badge commands a stiff premium.

What's New for 2013

For 2013, the fast, sporty and fully loaded 5.0 R-Spec model becomes the lone V8 alternative to the standard 3.8 V6. There is also a new 8-inch display with enhanced multi-media controller, and Blue Link telematics now accompany the navigation system (both standard on 5.0, optional on 3.8).

Driving the Genesis

Driving Impressions Visually, there is little to distinguish the 2013 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 from the 5.0 R-Spec, mainly wheels, rear badging and some chrome trim. But from behind the wheel, the difference...

is profound. Certainly, the 3.8's 333-horsepower V6 is more than enough to move the Genesis sedan with sufficient gusto, but the 5.0 R-Spec's 429-horsepower V8 changes everything. Not only does the car accelerate hard, it also rides and handles a lot more firmly. Suspension tuning is stiffer, front brakes are bigger, the power steering is different and the wheels are 19-inch alloys in place of the 3.8's 17s. In truth, the 3.8 will be the smarter choice for most customers, with its smoother ride and better fuel economy (and, of course, lower price of entry). But if you want driving dynamics like those associated with BMW or Audi sports sedans, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec delivers the goods.

LEXICON AUDIO SYSTEM
The sound from this 7.1 Discrete audio system is not only powerful, it is beautifully nuanced. It's one of the best factory sound systems we've heard in any vehicle at any price. Auxiliary USB and iPod inputs allow drivers to fully control and charge iPods directly from the head unit.

OVERALL INTERIOR
The interior of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan is truly outstanding. Extravagant use of genuine leather and wood plus meticulous fit-and-finish make for an interior worthy of a top luxury brand.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Details
Interior

The interior of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan is exceptionally well done. The quality of materials and execution of design are better than in some premium brands. Leather-covered front seats are heated (and, for the driver, cooled), and the rear seat has abundant room for passengers' legs, hips and heads. The dash design is a simple, elegant layout that is easy to view. Hyundai emulated BMW and Audi with its console-mounted joystick to control the navigation and audio functions, and while the placement is convenient, its operation is not always intuitive. (Hyundai emulated that too.)

Exterior
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The 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan is conservatively styled yet thoroughly appealing. And, yes, rather derivative. From the front, the Genesis' grille and headlights pay tribute to Mercedes-Benz, while the LED daytime running lights are a nod to Audi. Around back, the trunk and taillights echo BMW and Lexus. Chrome trim adorns the grille, trunk, window surrounds, door handles and bumpers. Added all together, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis definitely looks more like several high-end luxury sedans than it does a Hyundai. That may help it break through to the premium-sedan shopper.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The "base" 3.8 model of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis 4-door sedan isn't very base at all, providing a rich assortment of standard features. These include the handy proximity key with alarm and entry system, power windows with front auto-up/down and pinch protection, heated leather seats, wood-grain-accented dash, Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone interface and USB/iPod auxiliary inputs. The wealth of safety items includes electronic stability control (ESC), advanced dual front airbags, front- and rear-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants.

Optional Equipment

Almost all the upgrades that enhance the top-line 5.0 R-Spec model are available as options on the base 3.8. And many of those are bundled into Premium and Technology Packages, including sunroof, leather-trimmed dash and door panels, power rear sunshade, navigation system, rearview camera, lane-departure warning system and adaptive headlights that swivel into corners. There is also the spectacular Lexicon audio system featuring LOGIC 7 technology. Rolls-Royce is the only other automaker to offer a Lexicon system, and the surround-sound, 11-channel, 17-speaker extravaganza produces more than 500 watts of superb sound.

Under the Hood

We have nothing but good things to say about both engines available in the 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan. For most drivers the 333-horsepower direct-fuel-injection 3.8-liter V6 will be more than adequate. But for those who must have the most, the 5.0-liter V8 pumps out 429 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Due to its high 11.5:1 compression ratio, the 5.0 requires premium fuel, though happily, the fuel-economy penalty is not extreme. An 8-speed automatic transmission built in-house by Hyundai is standard with both engines, with the R-Spec's running more sporting shift calibration and different gear ratios.

3.8-liter V6
333 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
291 lb-ft of torque @ 5,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg

5.0-liter V8
429 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
376 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25 mpg

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 395 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, it replaced 5 prior town cars

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun car, lots of trunk space"

Cons: "no backup alarm"

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

"original tires wore out too soon, too soft. otherwise, service cooling system, change synthetic oil every 7500 miles and DRIVE!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

AWESOME CAR!! RIDES GREAT, DRIVES GREAT !

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "GREAT TO DRIVE, COMFORTABLE, ROOMY"

Cons: "NO HEATED STEERING WHEEL"

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

"THIS IS A CLASSY, SLEEK , AUTOMOBILE. RELIABLE, COMFORTABLE WITH PLENTY OF HORSEPOWER WHEN THE NEED ARISES OR JUST WHEN YOU FEEL THE NEED FOR SPEED. LOVE ALL THE FEATURES ON THIS CAR AND THE COMFORT OF IT. PLENTY OF LEG ROOM FOR BACK SEAT PASSENGERS AND A LARGE ROOMY TRUNK."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Good car for the price

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "back seat really too small for adults"

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

"Had a gravel drive on a hill - not an off-roading car for sure always had trouble getting up this hill"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

will be our last Hyundai

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "nice coffee mug"

Cons: "electronic nightmare"

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

"Car has "demons". After being turned off, car would start up again on it's own. The nav, radio, seats and mirrors have a mind of their own. Local dealership clueless and corporate Hyundai's solution to problem was to send us a coffee mug. Do not feel safe with car as there has been no "rhyme or reason" when the electronics do their quirks. Looking forward to getting our first Lexus."

1 person out of 6 found this review helpful

Affordable luxury

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort. back up cam,hot cool seats,stereo awesome"

Cons: "cold passenger seat would be nice only heated"

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

"I have had the same brand/make for the past 17 years. I bought a 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora brand new. When it had to many miles 5 years later I looked for a new / something different car and was disappointed with what was a available so I bought a 1997 Aurora in 2003 from an older couple who used it rarely that had less than 20,000 miles on it. In 2009 I bought another low miles 1998 (big mistake) I threw tons of money into it constantly. Made my mechanic rich and on occasion I would test drive some vehicles on my days off and nothing compared to my Olds. Finally my mechanic said give up already. I looked at BMW's, Lexus, Cadillac and Infinity. I hated almost everything that was in my $40,000 or less range. My car was sitting in the mechanic lot and after 2 days of car shopping/test driving I stopped in and said go ahead order that part that you said was going to take awhile/cost a lot for my drivers window of my 17 year old that won't roll up. My mechanic told me to go try a Hyundai Genisis first. I said "are you out of your mind I want a comfortable luxury car I am not going to look at a Hyundai." He talked me into it and WOW it is as close to my old car in power, comfort and luxury than anything that I was looking at (that I could afford) I ended up with a used 2012 beautiful red, all the bells and whistles that I need with only 23,000 miles on it for only 28,000. I have not had a car payment for over 15 years and 407 a month with no money down feel like I stole it. It is super comfortable, looks good, powerful. It does not hug the road as my olds did and Hard winds and highway puddles at high speeds and taking the ramps at ridiculous speeds when I get out of work at 3:30 do not give me the same sense of confidence that the olds did. I am comparing a car that I had for 17 years to one that I have had for 7 weeks so perhaps I just need to get use to the difference. I tested and read tons of reviews on tons of cars before making this choice and unless you NEED to have a car with a prestigious name and are willing to pay a lot more or get something used with a lot more miles you will not find a better car for the $$. The 10 year, 10,000 mile warranty even for the used one could not be found on anything else I was looking at. I also like the fact that in Miami who does not have a BMW, Lexus or Infinity and since my vehicle does not say Hyundai but only genesis anywhere on it people are always asking me "what is that""

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Drove the big 3 (Audi, BMW, MB)

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Electronics, power, comfort, fuel economy (22 mpg)"

Cons: "Handling, ride on rough pavement"

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

"After driving the majors, I drove the Genesis. Liked it almost as much as the others but bought it because it was 40% less expensive. After four years, I find it to be more reliable, more economical and very comfortable. I'd be in the market for a new car except that I don't care for the new Genesis and, frankly, I don't want to spend $80K for the Audi S6."

15 people out of 31 found this review helpful

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