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2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has a potent V6 engine and user-friendly features, but it ranks at the back of its class because of its uninspired handling, cramped back seat, and below-average reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Swift acceleration
  • Supportive front seats
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Low fuel economy
  • Firm ride
  • Lackluster handling

7.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe isn’t a great option if you’re shopping for a used sports car. The Genesis offers mediocre handling, a jittery ride on rough pavement, and poor gas mileage. Its ownership costs are projected to be higher than average as well. All in all, these drawbacks overshadow the coupe’s finer points, like its punchy V6 engine and ample cargo space.

Before you buy, consider higher-rated alternatives like the 2015 Subaru BRZ and 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Both provide a sportier driving experience and should be cheaper to buy and maintain.

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How Much Is the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe?

Based on listings for the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe on our site, the average price is $24,700, which is high for the class. Prices range from $19,400 to $29,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Cost to Own?

The Genesis Coupe’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $32,700, or $6,540 per year. That’s higher than average for a sports car.

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

Hyundai discontinued the Genesis Coupe after the 2016 model year, so you won’t find any new models for sale (the sedan version lives on as the Genesis G80, but it's a very different vehicle than the Coupe). There are a few sporty new cars available in this price range though. The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST starts at just $21,340 and it has a punchy turbocharged engine and go-kart-like handling. If you want to stick with Hyundai, consider the 2019 Veloster Turbo R-Spec (starts at $22,900), which offers snappy turbocharged acceleration and an upscale interior.

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Which Model Year of the Genesis Coupe Is Best?

As a replacement to the Tiburon, Hyundai produced the Genesis Coupe for the 2010 through 2016 model years. The car debuted with two engine options: a 210-horsepower four-cylinder and a 306-horsepower V6. In 2013, Hyundai refreshed the car’s interior and exterior styling, replaced the six-speed automatic transmission with an eight-speed unit, and updated the engines to produce more power (to 274 and 348 horsepower).

The four-cylinder engine was discontinued for 2015. For 2016, a 6-inch infotainment screen became standard, replacing the outdated dot-matrix display. You can save money with an older model, but for many shoppers, the performance and refinement updates of the 2013-to-2016 models are worth the upgrade.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe?

The 2015 Genesis Coupe has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2015 Genesis Coupe. Hyundai is recalling models due to rear suspension bolts that may loosen over time, and for a faulty wiring connection, which could disable the front passenger airbag. Make sure all recalls are addressed before buying a used vehicle.

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Which Used Hyundai Genesis Coupe Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Genesis Coupe is available in three trim levels: base, R-Spec, and Ultimate. All are equipped with the same 348-horsepower V6 engine. The base model rides the smoothest and offers a decent array of standard features, making it a tempting option. That said, you’ll need to opt for the Ultimate trim if you want convenience features like a touch-screen navigation system or heated front seats.

The base model Genesis Coupe comes standard with a CD player, six speakers, a USB port, Bluetooth, keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control, cloth seats, heated side mirrors, auto on/off headlights, fog lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Genesis Coupe R-Spec trim adds cloth seats with leather accents, a track-tuned suspension, a limited-slip differential, larger brakes, and 19-inch wheels.

Lastly, the Genesis Coupe Ultimate trim adds full leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a 10-speaker stereo, a sunroof, HID headlights, rear parking sensors, and a rear spoiler.

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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?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Genesis Coupe five out of five stars in the rollover test. The NHTSA did not conduct any other crash tests, and the car was not evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Rear parking sensors are the only available driver assistance features for the Genesis Coupe.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe or 2015 Ford Mustang?

The 2015 Ford Mustang excels in many areas where the Genesis Coupe falters, and even in a few where it doesn’t. The Mustang has sharper handling and a smoother ride. It boasts more engine options, from a fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder to a 435-horsepower V8. The Mustang’s cabin also looks and feels nicer inside, and the pony car offers a longer list of advanced driver assists like blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning. Better still, it has lower projected five-year ownership costs as well. Overall, the Mustang is a better sports car than the Genesis Coupe.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe or 2015 Scion FR-S?

The 2015 Scion FR-S doesn’t accelerate quite as quickly as the V6-powered Genesis, but if you can live with that, it’s a much better buy. The FR-S feels zestier and more enjoyable to drive. It rewards drivers with playful steering, superior fuel economy, and a smooth ride even on rough pavement. Used models are typically cheaper to buy, and the FR-S’ projected ownership costs are substantially lower than the Genesis Coupe's.

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2015 Genesis Coupe Performance

How Does the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Drive?

The 2015 Genesis Coupe has a 3.8-liter V6 engine with 348 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; an eight-speed automatic is available.

With its big V6 engine, the Genesis scoots up to speed briskly – with zero-to-60 times of just over five seconds – and provides strong passing power on the highway. The exhaust emits a nice growl as well. It may seem odd for a sports car, but the eight-speed automatic transmission is a better match for this engine. Its shifts are quick and smooth. By comparison, the six-speed manual feels rubbery and can occasionally be tricky to shift into gear.

The Genesis Coupe’s driving dynamics are a mixed bag. It feels stable around turns, its brakes provide strong stopping power, and its standard suspension yields a fairly smooth ride on rough pavement. On the other hand, the Genesis just doesn’t feel as agile or as fun to drive as its rivals, and its slower steering and heftier curb weight are partly to blame. It’s also not very comfortable in its R-Spec or Ultimate trims, which have a stiff sport-tuned suspension that tend to jostle occupants when going over bumps in the road.

Does the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Genesis Coupe gets low fuel economy for a sports car. It returns an EPA-rated 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway when paired with its manual transmission. The automatic transmission improves gas mileage on the highway by 1 mpg.

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2015 Genesis Coupe Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Genesis Coupe Seat?

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe has four seats. The front seats are soft and supportive, and they offer ample headroom and legroom for taller occupants. The driving position is comfy as well, thanks to a wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments. As is common in this class, the rear seats are cramped, and they only have enough space for smaller children. Cloth upholstery is standard; leather seats and heated front seats are available.

The Genesis Coupe’s interior is cleanly styled, but most surfaces are made with hard plastics, giving the cabin a rather cheap feel. On the plus side, the cabin filters out most road and wind noise. The large windows also offer good visibility to the front, side, and rear.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe?

The Genesis Coupe has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Features

All Genesis Coupe models have easy-to-use buttons and knobs on the dashboard, which makes managing all the climate control and audio functions a breeze. The base and R-Spec models accompany these with a slim display, while the Ultimate model adds a 7-inch touch screen and navigation system. This available system has intuitive menus, and it reacts fairly quickly to inputs. If there is a drawback, it's that the car’s stereo has poor sound quality.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Dimensions

Hyundai Genesis Coupe Cargo Space

The Genesis Coupe has 10 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s rather spacious for a sports car, and it’s a lot more room than rivals like the 2015 Nissan 370Z and Mazda MX-5 offer. The rear seats can fold to fit longer items.

2015 Genesis Coupe Length and Weight

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is 15 feet 2 inches long. It weighs between 3,514 and 3,538 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Was the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Built?

Hyundai built the Genesis Coupe in South Korea.

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