The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe earns an above average Total Car Score for the Sport Coupes & Convertibles segment.
After a debut three years ago, the Genesis Coupe receives an update for the 2013 model year. There's been some mild styling tweaks at the nose and tail, plus extra helpings of engine power along with modest gains in fuel economy, revisions to the chassis, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
The interior has also been redesigned here and there, and now brings telescoping steering wheel adjustment, as well as BlueLink (Hyundai's equivalent of OnStar), featuring turn-by-turn navigation and speech-to-text messaging.
Reviewers already rate the Genesis Coupe quite highly, admiring the amount of power, fun, equipment and quality available for a comparatively reasonable price. So these additions can only be for the better. Most critics tend to favor the six-speed manual transmission, which has also been improved for 2013.
Hyundai claims that a V6-powered version can sprint from zero to 60 mph in around five seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 149 mph. With the (small) rear seats folded down, trunk space is a useful 10 cubic feet.
The four-seat (well, two-plus-two) 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes in 2.0T, 2.0T R-Spec, 2.0T Premium, 3.8 R-Spec, 3.8 Grand Touring and 3.8 Track models.
The 2.0T refers to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 274 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. The higher-performance alternative is a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 developing 348 hp and 295 lb-ft. In both cases, drive goes to the rear wheels and the standard transmission is a six-speed manual; an eight-speed auto is optional, although not available in R-Spec models but standard in the 3.8 Grand Touring. R-Spec versions get a limited-slip differential.
Equipment varies according the sportiness or otherwise of the trim level. The basic 2.0T starts off with air conditioning, power accessories, a trip computer, iPod interface, satellite radio and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Premium and Grand Touring are similar, offering climate control, a sunroof, navigation and an upgraded audio system. Grand Touring also adds leather upholstery, heated seats and side mirrors, and rear parking sensors.
R-Spec cars have 19-inch alloys, upgraded brakes and a stiffer suspension, while the 3.8 Track adds a rear spoiler.
Standard safety equipment includes driver-adjustable stability control, side curtain airbags and whiplash-reducing front head restraints.
EPA estimates for the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe with the 2.0T/manual transmission combination are 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined; with the auto trans, it's 20/31/24 mpg. Running the 3.8/manual achieves 18/27/21 mpg, or 18/28/22 mpg with the auto.
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