2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is described to be an Affordable Sports Car. The Korean manufacturer has struggled a bit in this class in recent years, with many critics seeing it as being outclassed by some of its rivals, such as the Infiniti G37 coupe.

Drivers who expected the Genesis to feel like a true sports car because of its coupe styling have been a little disappointed with the 2012 model. However, Hyundai has substantially upgraded the base engine for the 2013 model year.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: $24,250.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gallons (65L) MPG: 21 city / 30 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 182.3 in. (463 cm) Wheel Base: 111.0 in. (281.9 cm)
Height: 54.5 in. (138.4 cm) Width: 73.4 in. (186.4 cm)
Curb Weight: 3362 lbs (1525 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 10.0 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 2.0 L 4 Cylinder Twin Turbo DOHC Compression Ratio: 9.0: 1
Horsepower: 274 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 275 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Available Trims & Engine
Option:R Spec 2.0L M/T MSRP: $26,500; MPG: 21 city / 30 hwy
Option:Premium 2.0L Auto MSRP: $28,750; MPG: 20 city / 31 hwy
Option:R-Spec 3.8L V6 M/T MSRP: $28,750; MPG: 18 city / 27 hwy
Option:Grand Touring 3.8L V6 Auto MSRP: $32,000; MPG: 18 city / 28 hwy
Option:Track 3.8L V6 Auto MSRP: $33,000; MPG: 18 city / 28 hwy

Engine & Performance

There is now a choice of either a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit producing 274 horsepower or a more powerful, 3.8-liter V6, which brings 348 horsepower. This larger engine is capable of propelling the Genesis from rest to 60 mph in six seconds, but it no longer has the advantage over the base engine in 2012.

Exterior

Hyundai is considered to have this aspect of the Genesis Coupe right, with comments often being heard to the effect that it is reminiscent of the Infiniti G37 or even the Nissan GT-R. The styling is sleek and smooth, with a sharpness to draw interest from a sporting point of view, but not so much that the car looks as though it's trying to hard to be something it isn't.

Hyundai has decided against a "classic" look, instead going all out for modernity in the car's design, and this bold decision has been quite well received by reviewers and drivers alike.

Interior

The inside of the Genesis does not wow, with a number of drivers reporting their disappointment by the car's cheap-looking finish. Compared with the sedan version of the Genesis, there are several areas where corners seem to have been cut, such as in the uneven quality of the stitching on the seats.

The front seats are comfortable, but the rear does not have enough support for all passengers. Standard equipment levels are about average for this class, with nice touches like Bluetooth, and audio control buttons on the steering wheel. Its 10 cu ft of trunk space is also average, though much less than the 16 cu ft of the Dodge Challenger.

Safety

The 2013 Genesis has not received comprehensive crash testing from either the federal government or insurers. However, in the few government testing which has been carried out, the car performs well: it scored a full five stars out of five in rollover testing. Safety equipment is about par for this class, with anti-lock brakes and six airbags. One feature worth noting is that the Coupe has considerably better visibility to the rear than some of its classmates, although the back window's slope does make it susceptible to glare and reflection from the sun.

Reliability

As a new model, long-term reliability for the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is still uncertain, although most previous Hyundai’s have been solid without being top of their class in this respect. The quality itself has been received favorable remarks from testers, with the reassuring solidity of the car on the road being something that was pleasing in the 2012 model and should remain so this time around.

Hyundai includes its standard warranty of five years or 60,000 miles, and 10 years or 100,000 miles for the engine and gearbox, which is better cover than for some competing models.

Competition

The Genesis Coupe may not have the same appeal as the Ford Mustang (MSRP $22,200; 19 city / 29 hwy) or the Chevrolet Camaro (MSRP $23,280; 17 city / 28 hwy), it will, however, hold its own, price wise, against the Infiniti G37 coupe (MSRP $37,800; 19 city / 27 hwy).

Overall Rating
82 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2013 Genesis Coupe's mission is performance, but its cabin offers much more comfort than its low coupe profile and boy-racer exhaust note might suggest.”Car Connection

“The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe receives a mild styling refresh, with a more aggressive front fascia and hood, a new LED taillight design and new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“Sharp handling; spirited performance; livable ride quality; sporty cabin design; strong four-cylinder fuel economy; good value…Cramped rear seat; lackluster sound system quality.”Edmunds