There's no question the Hyundai Genesis Coupe was a looker when it was first unveiled, and it was an able performer, too. But for 2013, Hyundai tweaked the front end, revising the grille, headlamps, foglights, and hood for a more pronounced image. Fortunately, Hyundai also saw fit to tweak what's under the hood, too. That means more power for both engines, and an optional eight-speed automatic transmission that further raises fuel economy. And for good measure, to show that they aren't messing around, Hyundai's new "intake system also now employs an intake sound induction pipe into the cabin to ensure this engine's aural character matches its visceral appeal."
Who It's For
The import sport coupe field was dominated by Acura, Mitsubishi and Nissan in the late 1990s, as an alternative to the then-bland pony car wars (Mustang vs. Camaro). Now, the pony wars are exciting and the import scene is counting beans. Hyundai's Genesis Coupe is the import successor, and a legitimate challenger to the domestic reign. The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is better than ever, bridging the gaps separating sport, luxury, and excitement from price.
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe keeps its sport-luxury coupe appeal for 2013, with a healthy dash of added sport thrown in:
- Thanks to advances in design, power is bumped up in both engines, to an inspiring 348 for the 3.8-liter V-6, and 270 for the potent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder; both engines would see up to 28 and 31 mpg highway, respectively, with the 8-speed automatic transmission.
- Inside, the Genesis Coupe has the latest infotainment features, and a three-stage, driver-controlled engine tuning selector for maximum performance, or fuel economy.
- Most of the exterior changes have been made to the front end, including a revised hood, headlamps, and grille, but also include new LED taillights, and new 18- and 19-inch wheels.
What We Think
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe looks good, runs well, and hopefully sounds like it looks. That's a winning combination in our books, especially if mileage claims for the eight-speed automatic transmission holds true.
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