Test Drive with Greg Zyla: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Base Price: $28,750
Price as Tested: $29,625
This week, we're driving Hyundai's impressive and more powerful 2013 Genesis Sport Coupe, a four-passenger rear drive sports car that comes with a twin turbo four cylinder as standard fare. The last time we drove Genesis, our tester had a 306 horse 3.8 liter V6 under the hood, which now delivers a stout 348 horses. The four cylinder turbo, too, is also more powerful, raising its horsepower from 210 in 2012 to a mighty 274 in 2013.
Still based on the marketing theory shared by sibling Genesis Family Sedan, Hyundai's good looking Genesis Coupe is built for driving fun and lots of "oohs and awes" from onlookers. The best part of the "Genesis pie" is that you can park the entry Turbo Coupe in your driveway for just $24,250, less delivery and taxes.
We noted in our last test in late 2009 that Genesis competes in the Challenger, Camaro, Mustang, Infiniti G37, Mazda RX-8 and Mitsubishi Eclipse class, to name a few. And, Hyundai engineers admit they incorporated some of the information they deciphered from an actual Infiniti G37.
All 2013 Genesis Coupes come well equipped. Our Premium tester came with an impressive eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift that allowed the little engine to run 67-mph at 2,000 RPMs. The result is 31 MPG on the highway, which is great for a powerful car like this. In the city expect 20 or better if you keep your foot out of it. The 2.0-liter turbo has a nice exhaust ring to it, and when the twin exhaust driven turbines start delivering, hold on.
Available in six stages of dress, consumers can choose from entry Turbo Coupe to the top grade 3.8 V6 Track, which lists for $33,000. Regardless of choice, there's a Genesis waiting for your price range at a Hyundai dealer.
Appealing from the outside, Genesis also distributes excellent handling characteristics thanks to a fully independent strut front and five-link rear setup. It allows rear drive Genesis to handle with the best of them, although it's not built for any snowy weather conditions. You'll enjoy a firmer ride and great grip, thanks to standard 18-inch Bridgestone Potenza 225s in the front and 245s in the rear mated to beautiful lightweight alloy wheels.
On the safety side, there's no questioning Hyundai's attention to detail. Four Star Front, Five Star Side and Rollover NHTSA ratings assure occupants they are riding in a well built car. A total of six airbags are standard, as are 4-wheel anti lock disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, traction control and stability control. As for interior amenities, a 360-watt stereo with subwoofer, Bluetooth, all the powers, air, seven-inch Navigation screen, XM Satellite, leather, sport gauges and much more await those who drive one.
Our tester had no options and came fully equipped including a power sunroof and the noted 100,000 mile, 10-year powertrain warranty.
Important numbers include a wheelbase of 111 inches, 17.2 gallon fuel tank, 3,555 pound curb weight, and 10 cu. ft. of trunk space.
We like Hyundai's Genesis Coupe very much, and the days of thinking twice about buying a Hyundai are over. Hyundai today builds proven, quality cars, at a lower price.
There's not much to dislike.
If you're looking for a sports car that will turn heads and run great, Genesis Coupe may be your best buy.
Likes: Looks, handling, price, turbo power, suspension.
Dislikes: Rear seat room, blind spots.
(Greg Zyla is a syndicated auto columnist).