• Aggressive stance
  • Choice of two engines
  • Wonderful warranty
  • Fierce competition
  • Middling performance
  • So-so fit-and-finish

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Genesis in 2014

The Hyundai Genesis coupe was extensively updated for 2013, and Hyundai says there are "some mechanical changes" coming for 2014. No more details at this time...more

Vehicle Summary

The Hyundai Genesis coupe deserves your respect. It goes up against the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, and it also competes with the BMW 335i coupe and the Ford Mustang. See, the Genesis coupe is available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as well as a normally aspirated V-6, which means it has to do battle with a number of today's best sports cars. Regardless of engine choice, is it the best rear-wheel-drive sports car for your money? No. But the Genesis coupe is a real looker with an aggressive stance, bold bodywork, and sleek lines. It has an interior that feels more mature than some of its V-6-powered pony-car competitors. This car really stands out among its competition in the same ways most Hyundais do -- low price and a generous warranty. There are more hard-core, performance-oriented sports cars available, but the Genesis coupe is a very respectable two-door.

Overview

Whoever dreamt up the first Genesis coupe should be high-fived. The guy or gal who built it, though, should be slapped. It was the idea of a great Korean sports car, but that's it. It didn't live up to our expectations when we finally got behind the wheel. Hyundai heavily updated the Genesis coupe for 2013, and it's no longer a sports car for those who don't know any better.

The smaller of its two engines, the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, is a lot more potent than it used to be. It lacks the finesse of the turbo fours that Germans are shoving into engine bays, but it's plenty powerful. The problem with the base Genesis coupe isn't its engine -- it's how the car drives. A wonky clutch-engagement point, artificial-feeling steering, and awkward ergonomics all make the turbocharged Genesis a chore to drive. A couple of those problems disappear if one opts for the V-6-powered Genesis coupe. It has 348 hp, which is a fair bit more punch than you'd get from a six-cylinder Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. For 2013, the V-6 got direct injection and, more important, an induction tube that pipes exhaust sound directly into the cabin. It's mean on the street, but the V-6 coupe let us down on the track. At GingerMan Raceway, the eight-speed automatic transmission started acting up when the car warmed up, and the fuel gauge quit working. The Genesis coupe isn't our pick for a $30,000 sports car, but it's an enticing option.

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Ford Mustang
  • Scion FR-S
  • Subaru BRZ

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