2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec

Recently, I was knocking around D.C. in the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec. In this trim, the $26,750 affordable sports car came with performance features that include a 306-horsepower V6, six-speed manual transmission and Brembo brakes.

Inside, there’s standard Bluetooth and USB connections, XM Radio, power windows and 10 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a generous amount compared to rivals like the Mazda RX-8 and Nissan 370Z.

I was comfortable in the front seats. My 6’1” frame fit just fine behind the wheel, but coworkers in the back needed more head room. Our shortest editor is 5’3”, and she quickly complained as her cranium bumped the rear-windshield glass. However, uncomfortable rear seats aren’t necessarily a disadvantage in this class. Other affordable sports cars don’t exactly offer generous back seat comfort. In some cases, you don’t get a back seat at all.

There was another minor quirk inside my test car. The stereo was sometimes slow to recognize my iPod. I’d be rocking out to the newest Foo Fighters album while running errands and the car would occasionally reset my iPod after I shut it off. This meant the stereo would play the first artist in the music library, and in my case, that also meant slightly more Ace of Base than normal.

Overall, the Genesis 3.8 R-Spec is an affordable sports car with more power and standard interior features than many rivals available at this price.