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2013 Hyundai Genesis

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Review

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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 409 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

Excellent Automobile!!!

By on Tuesday, February 02, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,700

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: "Performance, Luxury and Excellent Valve!!"

Cons: "None"

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

"This Auto is ONE OF THE BEST OUT THERE. It has POWER and LUXURY better than some of the top dogs. Mine is 4yrs no problems, I use a high performance premium oil (100% Synthetic) and keep premium gas in it and she runs Great and FUN TO DRIVE!! Now I will be looking at The G90 5.0 All-WHEEL DRIVE soon."

In love with this car

By on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

Looks brand new after a few dusty days of driving!

"Having bought this car in almost-new condition, I am a proud owner and love every single second driving my car. We had a very very small "winter storm" last week and, even though I am perfectly capable of driving rear wheel drive in the ice, I did not trust other "southern" north Carolina drivers. So, literally my ONLY dislike of this vehicle is the fact that it is rear wheel drive and for two days I had to drive my boyfriend's front wheel drive to work. That's my only "complaint". Clearly, this car is amazing. Smooth ride and very responsive control, especially with the shiftronic paddle shifters. Comfortable leather seats that can sit very low and heated seats that warm up quickly. The blue link system is also great to have, including a remote start system and stolen vehicle notifications from your smartphone. Quality leather and dash that are easy to take care of, convenient fold seats that make car seats a breeze, and more trunk space than is expected. My air fresheners also keep well in the car! Brembo brakes and HID headlamps are a must on this vehicle and it will be hard to live without them whenever I get a second vehicle."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Looks brand new after a few dusty days of driving!

Fantastic Sport coupe

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

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
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fast, reliable, unique, comfortable, affordable"

Cons: "ESC, some exterior styling"

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

"What many reviewers fail to understand is this is not an inline or boxer 4 cylinder, nor is it a V8. This is a v6 coupe that dominates all other v6 coupes under $30k. I think just because this is a Hyundai, reviewers who don't give this car justice have a hard time finding a category to place this car in because it is that unique. For a sub $34k car, the interior is top notch. Materials feel comfy and of quality any where you look. The leather steering wheel is greatly appreciated, and cloth or leather, the seats will keep you gripped comfortably around tight corners. The arm rests are plush and soft to the touch making them comfortable for longer cruises. Visibility is above average for a sports coupe. The rear view mirror comes standard with dimming now, so that makes a big difference at night with headlights coming at you from behind. The exterior styling is great except for one small catch that many either hate or love, and its those fake heat extractors on the hood. If there was just one thing I could fix it would be that. The genesis coupe's front appearance is bold and unique, but it also seems like most love it or hate it. Now for the fun parts. The heart of car pulls strong. Torque comes on fast and hard being NA. Power seams to diminish a little early around the 6000rpm mark on the 8 speed. Speaking of, don't knock the 8spd on this car. Enthusiasts always judge a man based on the number of pedals in the car, but for a car you maybe want to track once in a while and the rest of the time it is your DD, the auto is quick to respond (especially in sport mode) and the automatic rev matching for downshifts is a nice touch for those who aren't the best at it. For the manual at least, the transmission has been beefed up a bit to make up for its last iteration. The rumble in this car from the exhaust is a nice low tone and doesn't wear on the nerves at high speeds on the free way. On that note, there is quite a bit of cabin noise, but trade offs... Either you want a nice quiet ride, or you want to hear this thing sing when you run it out to the red line. One final flaw that isn't a big deal unless you are trying to drift this thing is the ESC is very intrusive, even when disabled. It will cut power to those wheels like no one's business. In summary, this is one fantastic car and if you are looking to get into an affordable, top-notch sports coupe that returns great MPGs, this needs to be on your list of test drives."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Truly my dream car............

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

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: "Fast. Awesome tech pkg. Ample leg room."

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

This baby can mooooooove. 2011 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 V8

"I had been looking for a sleek, sexy, fully loaded luxury car and had thought about purchasing either an Audi or Mercedes. During my search, as I was driving through the parking lot of a shopping center, I saw a man parking one. I immediately noticed the elegance and styling, and had to know what he was driving. After parking my car and walking back to inquire as to what kind of car it was, I was shocked to find it was a Hyundai. Although I like the Hyundai line and previously owned a very reliable Sonata, I never thought of looking at Hyundai for a luxury vehicle. At that point I decided that I wanted a Genesis but I wanted the model/year with the hood and trunk wing ornaments (they are kind of hard to find - most models/years have the wing ornament on the hood and the Hyundai ornament on the back). The wing ornaments as opposed to the Hyundai ornament makes the car mysterious and that much sexier. Many people have stopped me to ask exactly what kind of car it is. Since purchasing the car, I have fallen madly love with it and am so glad I stopped the man to ask just what kind of car it was. I can say that I am very happy I purchased the Genesis as opposed to the Audi 8L or Mercedes models(not to mention upkeep and any repairs will be a lot less expensive). The Genesis handles well and can really get up and go - that's important when I'm traveling on highways or have only minutes to spare. I love the tight handling of the performance package and the way it takes curves. I also love the tech package - it has everything I could want (the only thing I don't have is the lane warning system). In looking for a fully loaded car, things like Navi, rear cameras, bluetooth and heated seats are a must but this model has so much more. I love driving this car so much that often on the weekends, when I am not working, I just fill up the tank and take to the road, going nowhere imparticular. Last weekend, I drove to Philadelphia on only 3/4 of a tank of gas - that was more than 400 miles and when I pulled into my destination I had a little less than a 1/4 tank of gas left. Everyone who's seen my Genesis generally have remarked about the stylishness of the car - not initially believing it is a Hyundai. I have also met other Genesis owners who have stories much link mines. I love, love, love my Genesis 4.6 V8. It truly is my dream car.............."

20 people out of 27 found this review helpful

This baby can mooooooove. 2011 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 V8

Love it

By on Saturday, November 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

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: "Power, price, interior lights, fun to drive"

Cons: "None"

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

Me and my toy

"I have the Grand Touring 3.8 V6 and I love this car. Honestly, i never thought I will ever drive a Hyundai, but here I am. The road and this car were made for each other. I have enough power and more to get out of any bad situation and enjoy controlling the road. I dictate the rules. The interior is beautiful and the computer with its navegation system makes it even better. Driving at night the cabin feels like I am in some kind of sophisticated aircraft. The best part is the price I paid for this wonderful toy."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Me and my toy

Second Genesis I have owned and loved!!

By on Saturday, October 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great Power and amazing sound system"

Cons: "Navigation is not easy, Aux is not intuitive"

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

"I had a 2009 Genesis 4.6 that I just traded in a few weeks ago with 138,000 and bought a 2012 Certified Genesis 4.6 (both were black with cashmere). So far I am very impressed with the new ride. best value of any car on the road when purchased correctly. Love it !!!!"

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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