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2013 Hyundai Genesis Review

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis ranks in the middle of its class. It has strong engines, a roomy interior, and great safety ratings, but a number of competitors offer superior reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong V6 and V8 engines
  • Generous interior space
  • Harsh ride in R-Spec model




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
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2013 Hyundai Genesis Overview

Is the 2013 Hyundai Genesis a Good Used Car?

A used 2013 Hyundai Genesis is a fine option among luxury midsize cars. It offers potent engine performance, a cozy interior, and an impressive range of advanced safety features. Used models are often some of the least expensive in this class as well. While the Genesis shines when it comes to value, it’s tough to recommend over competitors like the Lexus GS and Acura TL, which have nicer cabin materials and better reliability. The 2013 Genesis Coupe is reviewed separately.

Used 2013 Hyundai Genesis Performance and Interior

Hyundai offers the Genesis with two engine options. The Genesis 3.8 has a V6 with 333 horsepower, and the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec has a V8 with 429 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. Both engines surge the Genesis up to speed confidently and the automatic delivers prompt downshifts, giving the sedan more than enough muscle to pass slower vehicles. The V6 yields decent fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway, but the V8 returns a poor 16/25 mpg city/highway.

The Genesis 3.8 provides a smooth and compliant ride. Its suspension muffles bumps and dips in the road nicely, while managing to keep the sedan stable around sharp turns. Unfortunately, the R-Spec model’s stiffer suspension creates a rather firm and uncomfortable ride. Stick with the V6 model.

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The Hyundai Genesis seats five, and its hushed interior quiets road and wind noise well. The front seats are soft, comfortable, and offer great head- and legroom. Still, they could use extra lateral support. The outboard rear seats are also cozy, even for passengers with longer legs. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The Genesis offers 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is fine by class standards. However, the rear seats don’t fold down to fit larger items.

Slide into the driver’s seat, and you’ll find a clean dashboard with simple audio and climate controls. Hyundai offers two different navigation systems, both of which are user friendly. Most models have a 7-inch touch screen, but sedans equipped with the Technology package have a larger 8-inch screen with controls on the center console. It’s a setup that feels similar to the BMW iDrive and Audi MMI infotainment systems. It’s not all good news, though. Though nice, the Genesis’ cabin materials feel lower quality compared to rivals like the Audi A6 or Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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Used 2013 Hyundai Genesis Prices

The price of a used 2013 Genesis ranges from about $13,700 for a 3.8 model to $17,500 for a Genesis R-Spec model. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We’ve researched 56 Hyundai Genesis reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Hyundai Genesis?

The Genesis sedan has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Genesis sedan?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Hyundai Genesis sedan a 2013 Top Safety Pick. It earned the highest score of Good in all four areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Genesis a perfect five-star rating for rollover safety.

A rearview camera is available. The Technology package (standard on R-Spec models) adds front and rear parking sensors, adaptive pivoting headlights, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.

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Is the 2013 Genesis the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 model year is a good starting point, but you may want to consider 2012 and 2014 Genesis models too. The 2012, 2013, and 2014 Genesis models share roughly the same features, so you can broaden your search to find the best used-car bargain. Notably, Hyundai redesigned the 2015 Genesis. This much-improved sedan offers a nicer interior, all-wheel drive, and additional safety features.

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Which Used Hyundai Genesis Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Genesis sedan comes in two trims: 3.8 and 5.0 R-Spec. The Genesis 3.8 has a V6 engine, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, cruise control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a CD player, USB input, seven speakers, and alloy wheels.

An optional Premium package adds a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system, a rearview camera, a Lexicon 14-speaker stereo, a sunroof, a rear sunshade, and rain-sensing wipers. The Technology package adds a larger 8-inch screen, a 17-speaker stereo, Blue Link telematics, heated seats (front and rear), a cooling functions for the driver’s seat, and a suite of advanced safety features. The Hyundai Genesis R-Spec adds all of these features as standard, plus more engine power with a V8 engine. However, its stiff sport-tuned suspension diminishes ride quality. We recommend the V6 model instead.

For added buying confidence, consider a certified pre-owned model. Hyundai CPO 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.

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2013 Hyundai Genesis and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Genesis or 2013 Hyundai Equus?

The 2013 Hyundai Equus is a large luxury car, and it packs convenience features that the midsize Genesis can’t match, like massaging rear seats and a refrigerator. The Equus is surely a more luxurious sedan, but it’s not the better buy. The Genesis is more enjoyable to drive. It also offers comparable interior quality and seating space. Also, used Genesis models are typically more affordable than used Equus models. Stick with the Genesis.

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Genesis or 2013 Hyundai Azera?

Like the Genesis, the 2013 Hyundai Azera is a perfectly fine used car option. Both of these Hyundai sedans rate well for crash safety and offer average reliability. Go with the Azera if you have a tighter budget. It offers a similarly long list of equipment, but it often has a lower price point. Go with the Genesis if you want sharper handling, zestier engine performance, or safety features like adaptive cruise control.

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