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2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe ranks near the bottom of the affordable sports cars class because it isn't as nimble as most rivals. It also has an imprecise manual transmission and low fuel economy estimates.

Pros & Cons

  • Punchy V6 power
  • Intuitive infotainment system


  • Poor fuel economy
  • Imprecise manual transmission
  • Duller driving dynamics than rivals 





Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Overview

Is the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe a Good Used Car?

The Genesis Coupe is a decent car, but it can't match the performance or interior refinement of its competitors. The Genesis Coupe has plenty of engine power, and its interior tech is easy to use. However, most rivals are more fun to drive and are better options for most drivers.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 36 Hyundai Genesis Coupe reviews to give you an idea of this car’s pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability to help you decide if the 2016 Genesis Coupe is the right sports car for you.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking the best vehicles since 2007, and our editorial staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To keep our reviews impartial, we don't accept expensive trips or gifts from car companies, and an external partner places and sells the ads on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe?

The average price for a used 2016 Genesis Coupe is around $21,000, with base models priced at about $18,000 and the Ultimate trim coming in at around $24,000.

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How Much Does the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Cost to Own?

You can expect to pay a little more than $6,600 a year on ownership costs such as fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for a 2016 Genesis Coupe. That's about $33,000 over five years. Owning the 2016 Nissan 370Z will save you around $500 per year compared to the Genesis Coupe, and you'll save $2,100 each year if you buy the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata instead of the Hyundai.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Genesis Coupe?

Because Hyundai discontinued production of the Genesis Coupe after the 2016 model year, there are no new models to buy. If you'd like to consider another new sports car, you'll need to stretch your budget by several thousand dollars beyond the average price of a used 2016 Genesis Coupe. Most nonluxury sports cars, including the 2018 Mazda Miata, 2018 Toyota 86, and 2018 Subaru BR-Z, start between $25,000 and $27,000 for the base model. You'll have a hard time getting V6 muscle in this price range, though, as most of the cheaper models come standard with turbocharged four-cylinder engines, like in the 2018 Ford Mustang and 2018 Chevrolet Camaro. You may be able to find financing or lease deals to lower the price, bringing it closer to the price of a used Genesis Coupe, though manufacturers rarely offer substantial discounts on sports cars.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe?

The 2016 Genesis Coupe has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That's about average for the sports car class and a bit above average for the auto industry as a whole.

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2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Recalls

The only recall on the 2016 Genesis Coupe at the time of writing covers an issue that could prevent the parking brake indicator light to turn on. Be sure this issue has been addressed before buying a used Genesis Coupe.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe Is Best?

The 2016 model year was the last year of production for the Genesis Coupe, which debuted for the 2010 model year. The 2013 Genesis Coupe received a mid-generation refresh, which brought added power, a new automatic transmission, several new features, and updated interior and exterior styling. Beyond that, there were few major changes, though a four-cylinder engine was available prior to the 2015 model year. All models since the 2013 refresh have similar overall scores in our ratings. You'll likely find the best value in a 2013 or 2014 model.

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Which Used Hyundai Genesis Coupe Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Genesis Coupe comes in three trims. Most buyers should stick with the base trim, which offers plenty of features at a relatively low price. If you want better handling, go with the R-Spec, which adds a firmer suspension, Brembo brakes, and a limited-slip differential. The range-topping Ultimate trim has the R-Spec's features, plus leather upholstery, heated front seats, a touch-screen infotainment system, and a premium audio system. We review the 2016 Hyundai Genesis sedan separately.

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What Does Hyundai's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Hyundai offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as the remainder of the five-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 173-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and rental car reimbursement may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

Hyundai has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers, according to our analysis. Only Kia, Buick, and Mitsubishi have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Genesis Coupe?

Like many sports cars, the Genesis Coupe has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Rear parking sensors are the only advanced safety feature available for the Genesis Coupe.

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2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe or 2016 Nissan 370Z?

The 2016 Nissan 370Z is slightly better than the 2016 Genesis Coupe. Both cars are similar inside, with mediocre materials, comfortable front seats, and easy-to-find controls. The 370Z is better to drive thanks to its sharper handling. Keep in mind that the Nissan Z is only a two-seater, whereas the Genesis Coupe has small seats in back that can be used in a pinch.

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe or 2016 Scion FR-S?

The 2016 Scion FR-S may not get as much power from its four-cylinder engine as the Genesis Coupe does from its V6, but it's a better coupe overall. The FR-S is incredibly fun to drive on twisty roads, and its manual transmission is smooth-shifting and engaging. The FR-S gets better fuel economy estimates than the Genesis Coupe, and it has one of the highest reliability scores in the class.

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe or 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 offers plenty of top-down fun, peppy power, and nimble handling. In fact, it was our 2016 Best Sports Car for the Money. The MX-5 Miata is one of the most thrilling sports cars on the market. It weighs very little, which helps it feel quick and stable around corners. The Miata also gets class-leading fuel economy estimates. Inside, the Mazda Miata feels mostly upscale, though you’ll find some hard plastics throughout the cabin.

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2016 Genesis Coupe Performance

How Does the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Drive?

The rear-wheel-drive Genesis Coupe feels composed through turns, but most rivals are more agile. The ride is reasonably comfortable, though higher trims with the upgraded suspension have a firmer ride. With ample power from its standard V6 engine, the Genesis Coupe can move off the line in a hurry. A manual transmission is standard and an automatic is available. Even if you prefer throwing your own gears, the automatic is a better gearbox. It makes smooth, quick shifts, while the manual feels vague, and the shifter has long throws.

Does the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the manual transmission, the Genesis Coupe gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. That's worse than most V6-powered rivals. Models with the available automatic transmission get 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Genesis Coupe Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Genesis Coupe Seat?

There are seats for four in the 2016 Genesis Coupe. The comfortable front seats offer plenty of head- and legroom for all but the tallest adults. The rear seats are only roomy enough for two small kids, which is typical for a coupe.

2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Features

The base model is reasonably well-equipped compared to rivals, with automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, and a 6-inch display screen. A premium audio system, HD Radio, navigation, and a 7-inch touch screen are available. The physical controls on the center stack are logically arranged and easy to see. The navigation system is intuitive to use, too. Both the standard and available sound systems deliver underwhelming audio quality.

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2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Dimensions

Hyundai Genesis Coupe Cargo Space

Like in most sports cars, the Genesis Coupe's trunk is rather cramped, offering only 10 cubic feet of space.

2016 Genesis Coupe Length and Weight

The Genesis Coupe is just over 15 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,514 pounds in the base trim with the manual transmission to 3,631 pounds in the Ultimate trim with the automatic transmission.

Where Was the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Built?

The 2016 Genesis Coupe was built in Ulsan, South Korea.

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