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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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 7.3
  • 8.1
  • 6.5
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How It Ranks

#38

out of 45

Fuel Economy

#4

out of 45

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

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

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

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

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts at $35,075 for the 3.8 and stretches to $46,675 for the fully loaded 5.0 R-Spec. Matched up feature-for-feature against luxury-brand sedans of similar size, the Genesis is an astonishing bargain. Compared to non-luxury-brand sedans such as the Chrysler 300 and Volkswagen CC, the bargain is not quite as clear-cut, but the Genesis' quality of materials and certainly its content are miles ahead. Check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what folks in your area are paying for the Genesis. Resale value, an important factor in overall cost of ownership, is still something of an open question as the Genesis continues to blaze a trail for Hyundai in an image-conscious segment. We expect the 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan to offer good residual values, bettering its domestic rivals and remaining on par with vehicles like the Volkswagen CC. However, it does not yet retain value the way Lexus, BMW and Audi luxury models do.

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 344 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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

Outstanding Value for the Money. ZERO regrets.

By on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best Value, Reliability, Quality, Best Warranty"

Cons: "NO AWD option, NO foldable back seats"

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

2012 Hyundai Genesis R Spec Black Noir AS Continental Tires

"My first car was a 2001 BMW 325CI(coupe) which I loved very much. I decided it was time to upgrade to a sedan and I test drove a wide assortment of automobiles during the research phase. I drove the likes of an Audi A6, Acura TL, Subaru Legacy, Mercedes C class, Saab 9-5, Infiniti G37x and a Lexus GS 350. They were all very fine cars but none had the incredible value of the Hyundai Genesis. I paid $43,000 for the Genesis and it is easily the best purchase I ever made. Positives: The Genesis R Spec sedan I own is FULLY loaded with all the options available for the model. I love Audi but an A6 at the time was offered to me for $55,000+...it is NOT $10,000 better than the Genesis. I really wanted a German auto but the Genesis convinced me otherwise. The combination of power(429 HP), options, top safety rating, quality interior build, pleasing exterior, and 10 year warranty(I paid $1000+ for 10 yr bumper to bumper) cannot be matched at this price. I am somewhat of an audiophile and this car's Lexicon sound system (17 speakers, 7.1, 528 watts) is the best I have ever heard. I played some DVD audio discs and I was blown away by the quality. It is better than anything I have in my house currently and is better IMO than most Audi, Lexus and BMW systems. I haven't tried the B&O system for Audi but that costs $5,900 ALONE. The AC/heater is great; the car's interior is cooled/heated within seconds. Rear and B pillar vents keep the back warm/cool in a hurry. Rear seats are also HEATED. Fronts seats are heated with the driver's seat having a cooling feature as well. The leather quality of the seats is excellent and the button layout of the dashboard and cockpit is terrific. Navigation has been very solid since I have been using it and the screen resolution is sharp. Back up camera and parking sensors work very well. Hands free phone calling works great. Voice recognition works very well but is not perfect. Power folding mirrors included. A quiet ride with minimal road and wind noise when driving on the highway. Negatives: The 2012 Genesis does not have Bluetooth audio streaming which I could certainly use for my iPhone. NO spoken street names(Text To Speech) for NAV. The R Spec's suspension can be a little harsh over rough roads. Front passenger seat does not have cooling option. NO Blind Spot Detection. Navigation screen can be difficult to see when sunlight falls directly on it. Steering can feel a little heavy to some, especially at higher speeds when turning on the highway. Final Thoughts: The Genesis is relatively new since it came out in 2009 and most people are still stuck on badges and brand recognition concerning performance luxury vehicles. Potential buyers have to overlook that this is a Hyundai and realize this is truly an overall amazing car for the money. I feel compelled to write this review also because I recently had a collision incident with the Genesis and my wife and I walked out of the car with only some minor bumps and bruises. I am positive that the Genesis saved us from having more serious injuries and I cannot wait to be driving her again in a few weeks once she is 100% fixed."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

2012 Hyundai Genesis R Spec Black Noir AS Continental Tires

Love this car!

By on Sunday, June 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

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: "road handling, responsiveness, seat comfort"

Cons: "safety belt could be placed a bit lower."

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

"I bought this car in 2012. Loved it ever since. Most comfortable seating in a sports car. Handles the road amazingly well. Very responsive. Did not have any trouble even though has amazing dealer warranty."

12 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Excellent Vehicle

By on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,500

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: "This car can't be beat."

Cons: "Battery drain if car sits for a week is significac"

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

"This is my second Genesis sedan with tech and premium package. The 2013 is fantastic. The 8 speed transmission is excellent. I get 23 overall and 28-29 highway. Acceleration is real get up and go. The engine is smooth and revs great. Comfort and fit and finish is tops."

18 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Very spirited 6 cylinder. Roomiest rear seat ever

By on Thursday, May 22, 2014

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"I have been delighted with this car. It was a great value for the money. I owned the E Mercedes and E Lexus prior to this one and the Genesis is as good or better than both for significantly less money."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Very nice car. I traded Porsche Boxster for this.

By on Saturday, May 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

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: "Options, Speed, Handling, Comfort, Appearance"

Cons: "Back seat and trunk not real large"

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

"I own 2013 Grand Touring. This is a fast and comfortable car. I love the navigation, exhaust note, speed, comfort and options. There is no way you can get a better appointed car for the price. I get a lot of looks and positive comments. Mine is Black Noir Pearl with a Brown leather interior. Nice car. I traded a Porsche Boxster in on this and have never regretted the decision. I would have spent double the price to get another Boxster with the same options. I can't wait for the next Generation coupe, I would buy it in a heartbeat!"

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great car - Great value

By on Thursday, May 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Plush luxury interior- A lot of car for the price."

Cons: "Harsh riding on some roads."

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

Smoky Mountains in the Fall

"Love the styling and features. This car replaced an earlier Toyota Avalon because it had similar features and was much more stylish. Owned for two years with no problems. Comfortable and economical on long trips (Interstate hwy. driving has averaged 31-32 mpg on regular gasoline.)"

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Smoky Mountains in the Fall

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