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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by DrCitrus



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Reviewed: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2dr Coupe 348-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed manual RWD

Why the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe?

Discounts & incentives

2013 Genesis Coupe 3.8 MT Track. I wanted a 2-door RWD car w/ power. The logical choices were a Mustang, a Infiniti G37, or a Beamer. Cost excluded the Beamer and the G37, and the old, tired retro look of the Mustang just accentuated how good looking the '13 was. Performance criteria between the V6-manual Mustang and GC was pretty much a wash, so Decision: Genesis even if it was more money. The Warranty is among the best with 10yrs/100k on the drivetrain. That was hard to overlook.

Front seat support & comfort

Driving position w/ power seat is excellent. More than adequate headroom for an average sized person. Passenger seat rides lower. Instrumentation is clear and logical, though two of the three gauges on the console are silly at best: while Oil Temp is good to know, Torque and MPG gauges are totally unnecessary. An ammeter, voltmeter, coolant temp, or oil pressure gauges would be preferable to those two gimmicks. The Track model has "everything" except memory seats/mirrors, a power passenger seat, a lock on the glove box, and a rear camera.

Powertrain performance

Performance: 3.8 engine is smooth and has run flawlessly so far after 15k miles. Lots of power behind the 348 horses with a nice note as well. The manual transmission is closely geared, so you will shift alot in traffic from a stop. However, there is lots of torque (295 ft/lbs) and in moving traffic, 3d gear will carry you along. The Clutch takes some getting used to. It is heavy, not unlike a truck clutch, and the drive-by---wire throttle means even a little bit of pressure on the accelerator can quickly put you over 2k rpm making for some noisy starts from the line. You get used to it, but a Honda Civic this is not. Acceleration is outstanding. It hugs the road as if on rails, and feels Highly stable on the Highway. Expect 26-27 mpg on the highway at 75-80 mph. 20-21 around town.

Safety & braking

The rear view is not bad. Rear pillars do not block that much of the view, however, the trunk is relatively high, and a camera would be nice. The Brembos are are easy on the pedal, stop straight and true. The still have some meat left at 49k miles. The stability controls are very effective; turn them off and donuts will be easy (but not on your tires...)

Rear seat room & comfort

The seats are good for only animals and small children.The trunk is huge, but the opening is small. The back seat folds down.

Why Not the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe?

Powertrain performance

The clutch is heavy and imprecise. I'm not into mods but I would consider an early change out to a lightweight FW and performance clutch. A CAI would probably smooth out an already smooth engine.

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