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2013 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec

2013 Hyundai Genesis Review

(0 Stars)  Down to two engines, more tech treats.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The Genesis coupe gets plenty of updates for 2013, including a styling face-lift (with cool LED lights), significantly more powerful—and less thirsty—engines, and three more gears in the automatic transmission. The sedan’s top-of-the-line, eight-inch-screened navigation system has been enhanced, but the overall lineup is simpler this year, as the 4.6-liter V-8 has been dropped.
Overview
Hyundai’s Genesis is the real deal: a world-class rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan that’s not afraid to spar with the best that Lexus, Buick, and others have to offer. The two trim levels—3.8 and 5.0 R-Spec—denote their respective engine displacements. Last year, Hyundai gave the sedan’s base 3.8-liter V-6 more power and better fuel economy and added the top-dog 5.0-liter V-8; not surprisingly, this year sees the deletion of the 4.6-liter V-8 from the powertrain lineup. The coupe version of the Genesis looks far different from the sedan and is equipped with either a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder or the sedan’s 3.8-liter V-6. The two-door was updated significantly for the 2013 model year, so it now has a lot more power than before, three more gears in the automatic transmission, a nicer interior, and revised looks. The makeover still isn’t enough to make the Genesis stand out against the fresh new Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S. Some say it’s a shameless amalgam of several premier upscale cars, but the Genesis—in both sport-coupe and luxury-sedan form—is nonetheless an impressive effort that’s worth a test drive. If you desire all-star, large-car luxury at a cut rate, you might consider ponying up for the newer Equus, but that car’s existence might conveniently help create some good deals on Genesis sedans.

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2013 Genesis 5.0 R-Spec Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.0L Tau V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 16 MPG city, 25 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 365 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
20.3gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 429 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 376 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm

'13 Hyundai 5.0 R-Spec Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Rear Sunshade
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Air Conditioned Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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