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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe can't keep up with competitors that are more fun to drive or have better reliability ratings. As a result, it ranks near the bottom of our affordable sports car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Brisk acceleration with available V6
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Rivals are nimbler through turns

New for 2013

  • Increased power for four- and six-cylinder engines
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission introduced
  • Updated suspension

7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Overview

Is the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe a Good Used Car?

With so many reasonably priced, more engaging rivals in the class, it's hard to argue in the Genesis Coupe's favor. Still, this model does offer a couple of potent powertrains, balanced handling, and decent fuel economy. Its cabin also boasts nice materials, a contemporary style, and comfortable front seats.

Used 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Performance and Interior

There are two engines available in the 2013 Genesis Coupe: a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.8-liter V6. Both engines produce substantially more power than their counterparts from the 2012 model year. The four-cylinder makes 274 horsepower (an increase of 64), while the V6 puts out 348 horsepower (a bump of 42). The smaller engine does have a bit of turbo lag, but it still delivers plenty of muscle to compete with many other affordable sports cars. The V6 is especially potent, though the added cost may not be worth it since the base engine is already so peppy.

A six-speed manual transmission and a new-for-2013 eight-speed automatic (which replaced five- and six-speed automatics from previous model years) are available with either engine. Models with the base engine and manual transmission get 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The Genesis Coupe has poised handling, but it's not as athletic as many competitors that can take turns more nimbly. Still, this coupe does offer powerful brakes, and the steering feels precise and communicative.

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Hyundai refreshed the Genesis Coupe's interior for the 2013 model year, giving it a more modern design and higher-quality cabin materials than older models. Cloth upholstery is standard, while leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats are available. Like most coupes, this car has four seats. The front seats are generally comfortable and have ample shoulder and legroom, though some tall adults may find there isn't enough headroom. The seats in the back have even less headroom, so they're best suited for small children.

Standard features in the 2013 Genesis Coupe include a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Available upgrades include automatic climate control, navigation, a 10-speaker Infinity premium audio system, and push-button start. Most of the cabin controls are straightforward and intuitively arranged. The Infinity audio system doesn't offer much of an improvement in sound quality over the standard stereo. At 10 cubic feet, the Genesis Coupe’s cargo space is in line with most competitor's trunks. 

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Used 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Prices

Prices for the 2013 Genesis Coupe range from about $12,500 for the base model with a manual transmission up to around $16,300 for the range-topping Track trim with an automatic transmission. Pricing is dependent upon vehicle condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 31 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 31 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 2013 Genesis Coupe is the right vehicle for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe?

The Genesis Coupe has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Genesis Coupe?

Like many sports cars, the Genesis Coupe wasn't thoroughly tested for safety. However, it did earn five out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's rollover test. Rear parking sensors are the only available safety feature.

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Is the 2013 Genesis Coupe the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Genesis Coupe is part of the car's only generation, which includes all models from the 2010 through 2016 model years. If your budget allows, you should stick with 2013 and newer models. They feature substantially more power for both engines and an eight-speed automatic transmission option, which replaced the five- and six-speed automatics of prior models.

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Which Used Hyundai Genesis Coupe Is Right for Me?

There are five trims available for the 2013 model year: base, R-Spec, Premium, Grand Touring, and Track. If performance is your main focus, go for an R-Spec model, which has upgrades like Brembo brakes, a firmer suspension, and a limited-slip rear differential. Buyers who want more comfort features – like leather upholstery, heated seats, and automatic climate control – should go for the Grand Touring or Track models. Base and Premium models are only available with the four-cylinder engine, while Grand Touring and Track trims only have the V6. R-Spec models are available with either powertrain.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Genesis Coupe for added peace of mind. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe or 2013 Subaru BRZ?

Even though the Subaru BRZ has a lower reliability rating than the Genesis Coupe – and its sole powertrain isn't quite as punchy as either of the Genesis Coupe's engines – it’s a better sports car. The BRZ is a pleasure to drive, with responsive steering, nimble cornering, and a slick-shifting manual transmission. This coupe also offers a more upscale interior along with a longer list of standard features, including HD Radio, navigation, and a touch screen.

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe or 2013 Nissan 370Z?

The Nissan 370Z beats out the Genesis Coupe in our affordable sports car class. This rival comes standard with a brawny V6 that feels comparable to a V8. The manual transmission's rev-matching features make downshifting a consistently smooth affair. Around turns, the 370Z's precise power steering and athletic handling let you have some fun. The cabin is fitted with first-rate materials, but there are only two seats (unlike the four seats in the Genesis Coupe). This coupe also earns a higher reliability rating than the Genesis Coupe.

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