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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

Although it offers two powerful engine choices, test drivers noted that the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe lacks the athletic driving dynamics of competing sports cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard USB and Bluetooth
  • Communicative steering
  • Strong brakes
  • Less agile than many rivals
  • Some cheap interior materials




Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.0
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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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Overview

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and reviewers said that while the base Genesis Coupe is relatively quick, sports cars like the base Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang offer more power. Critics said that the Genesis Coupe offers better straight-line performance when equipped with the available V6 engine, which most agreed is smooth and responsive, with plenty of power at higher rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all models, while five- and six-speed automatic transmissions are available on four-cylinder and V6 models, respectively. The base Genesis Coupe gets 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is typical for a four-cylinder sports car. While reviewers agreed that the Genesis Coupe offers strong brakes and communicative steering, some noted that it has a larger turning circle than other cars in the class. Some test drivers wrote that the 2012 Genesis Coupe rides comfortably and is fairly nimble on a winding road. However, others said that the Genesis Coupe lacks the refined driving dynamics and agility that rival sports cars offer.

Some auto writers said that the 2012 Genesis Coupe’s cabin has a boring design, and is built with cheap materials. Still, others wrote that the interior offers clear gauges and well-marked audio and climate controls. Most test drivers said that it is easy to find a comfortable driving position in the four-seat Genesis Coupe, though some said that taller drivers may want a bit more headroom. The 2012 Genesis Coupe has 10 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for the class, and comes standard with features like a USB port, satellite radio and Bluetooth, which were optional on most competing sports cars when new. Available features include a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a touch-screen navigation system, proximity key and push-button start. 

Other Cars to Consider

The Mini Cooper Coupe uses less fuel than most cars in the class, and critics loved its agile handling. Despite its small size, test drivers noted that the two-seat Mini Coupe still offers a useful amount of trunk space, as well as supportive seats that have enough space for taller occupants.

Reviewers said the base V6 Ford Mustang offers athletic handling and plenty of power, while V8-powered Mustang GT models offer even quicker acceleration. The Mustang also has a larger trunk than the Genesis Coupe, and it’s available in coupe or convertible body styles.

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