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2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

An underpowered base engine makes the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe rank near the bottom of the affordable sports cars class.

Pros & Cons

  • Responsive V6 engine
  • Underpowered base engine




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Overview

The base 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 210 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a five-speed automatic transmission is available. The 2.0T R-Spec model only comes with the manual transmission, and the Premium model only comes with an automatic. Genesis 3.8 models come with a more powerful, 3.8-liter V6 engine. The Genesis 3.8 can be fitted with a manual or automatic transmission. Reviewers liked the Genesis 3.8, but some also said that it isn’t as quick as rivals like the 2011 Ford Mustang GT and Nissan 370Z. A few reviewers also disliked the base engine, calling it underpowered and unrefined. Some test drivers said the Genesis Coupe offers sporty handling, but others disagreed. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe gets up to 21/30 mpg depending on the model, which is higher than the class average.

Reviewers noted premium materials inside the 2011 Genesis Coupe. Some said that the seats are comfortable, but one reviewer wrote that the headrests in the front seats are awkwardly positioned. Test drivers said the back seat has plenty of legroom, but also that the sloping roofline cuts into back-seat headroom. The Genesis Coupe’s trunk can fit up to 10 cubic feet of cargo, which is about average for the class. Standard features on the 2011 Genesis Coupe include keyless entry, full power accessories, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, and an audio system with a CD player and iPod connectivity. Available features on the Genesis Coupe include a sunroof, power driver’s seat, leather seating, heated front seats, automatic climate control and a navigation system. The 2.0T R-Spec and 3.8 R-Spec don’t have some of the standard features, like cruise control, in order to save weight and maximize performance.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Ford Mustang also seats four, and is one of the few affordable sports cars that has a great safety score. Reviewers also liked its powerful base engine.

If you’d like a convertible, and don’t mind giving up the Genesis Coupe’s back seat, check out the 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Reviewers also liked its peppy engine and nimble handling.

Compare the Genesis Coupe to the Mustang and MX-5 Miata »

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