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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
2013 Hyundai Genesis photo

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 374 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
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Love it

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

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

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

"This car has been great to me my wife and I really love it.Its a 09 and still has a lot of current feat that other cars companies are just added to there line up's I have the 4.6 and this car is super fast again compared to others this cars gives you more bang for our buck I will prob trade for new style in a few years I bought it in 9/14 and this far no complaints at all. I bought it with 83,250 miles and now has 89,000 I hate racking up the miles but I love to drive it I hope it cont to do well as more miles are added I do here great this from people that have more miles"

Enjoying every minute of the car

By on Friday, March 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, Great value, driving dynamics"

Cons: "Interior design better in 2015 model"

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

"This is my fourth Hyundai and the most expensive of them all. ( I had 2 elantras, one veracruz and this one Genesis 5 litre in black). The driving dynamics are excellent and reminds me of the sure footedness of BMW. Interior quality is excellent and design, I like the 2015 model better. Lexicon music system is the best I heard in cars. It's pick up is outstanding and is better than 528i I drove, and certainly faster than Lexus ES 330. No one beats Hyundai when it comes to Value, I bought this vehicle for 40k, and I knew that it is worth a lot more. To be honest I am enjoying this car every minute. I recommend Genesis with out hesitation to any one who is planning to buy a Luxury car with out the premium price."

Sell it before 60K miles

By on Monday, March 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Confort and looks"

Cons: "mechanicly very poorly built"

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

"Although this car looks nice, has good power and comfort it is not a well built reliable vehicle that will last beyond 50,000 miles. Once we hit 50k the top end of our engine had to be tore apart to locate and fix a ticking pressure valve. a few moths after that the fuel pump poorly mounted to the driver side valve cover started leaking oil. by 60k the valve cover gasket leaked . At 64K our A/C went out and our windows and door locks started to intermittently not work. 3 days later the battery failed leaving us dead at a gas pump. 2 hours after that we left anti freeze all over the parking lot of a car dealership when something blew in our cooling system. We paid to get rid of this up side down pile of garbage and drove home in a Lexus. Never did they attempt to get factory help covering the issues that occurred only 4k miles past 60k and well with in 4 years of purchase. Do not buy one of these."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Car is invery good condition and gets up to 31MPG

By on Wednesday, February 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,100

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: "See above"

Cons: "See above"

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

"This Gensis coupe only has just over 2000 miles, driven in summer only.Has Gray cloth interior, Black finish that is 10 miles deep.Car is a turbo 4 cylinder and has a 8 speed automatic. The only thing that does not look brand new is minor scratch on passanger front corner,even has black paint still on it, and the passanger front wheel has a scrape on it that is about 2" long right on the edge, otherwise it looks better than when it came from the factory.I gave the car a 9 in Design: interior & exterior due to what is listed above We live in Omaha NE."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

First Hyundai Owned

By on Sunday, February 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Warranty, Lower price, Horsepower, Comfortable"

Cons: "Poor acceleration, Not good in snow, Poor service"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Traded my 2008 Dodge Charger in for a 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Cons: *Poor acceleration - Initial speed dump - feels like it almost stalls when excelling quickly from stop. *Not good in snow. *Dealer associate(s) drove it over 300 miles when it was supposed to be repaired - tail light rubbed on paint - repair shop terrible customer service and workmanship. Never did fix the issue. Pros: *Warranty 100,000 mi *Low price for what you get *Fast after initial start *Twin-scroll turbocharger 274 horsepower even though KBB has listed at 260 *Nice looking car *Body hugging seats - comfortable Will have more to report after I've owned it a bit longer - the car currently has little over 5000 miles"

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

very fine car

By on Saturday, January 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great car for the price is really fast"

Cons: "very convenient"

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

"a little bit noisy, doors could be a little heavier doors has a hollow sound, miss the back video, the manufacturers have skimped out by not providing auto passenger seat controls"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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