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2013 Hyundai Genesis Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Hyundai Genesis was new.


Performance: 8.1

Whether you choose the V6-powered 3.8 or the more powerful 5.0 R-Spec, test drivers say that the 2013 Hyundai Genesis offers powerful engines and a refined automatic transmission. While the 5.0 R-Spec is quicker than the base model, it also rides more firmly. As a result, some reviewers prefer the Genesis 3.8 for its more comfortable ride and better fuel economy.

  • "Both engines are quite refined and generate little noise. Genesis is remarkably quiet at highway speeds, though it exhibits some tire noise on rough pavement, particularly in the R-Spec." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The 5.0 R-Spec's V8, on the other hand, makes the car just downright fast, matching the acceleration potential of V8-powered sport sedans that cost thousands more. The trade-off is a firm ride that makes it less poised and controlled, especially over rough pavement, than its premium rivals." -- Edmunds 
  • "In truth, the 3.8 will be the smarter choice for most customers, with its smoother ride and better fuel economy (and, of course, lower price of entry). But if you want driving dynamics like those associated with BMW or Audi sports sedans, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec delivers the goods." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The power comes on in a silky-smooth delivery, no doubt enhanced by the new eight-speed automatic transmission. There is no severe revving to launch you from the line." -- Cars.com (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Genesis 3.8 comes with a 333-horsepower V6 engine, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Genesis 5.0 R-Spec models feature a V8 engine that produces 429 horsepower. The EPA reports that the Genesis 3.8 gets 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to other V6-powered luxury large cars.

Reviewers agree that the base Genesis 3.8 accelerates smoothly and has plenty of power. One critic also writes that the transmission is responsive and shifts quickly when more power is needed. Test drivers agree that 5.0 R-Spec models are quicker still, with strong acceleration and substantial power in nearly any situation.

  • "The 3.8-liter V6 feels quite strong, with rapid acceleration from a stop and plenty of power for confident highway passing and merging. The transmission downshifts quickly for passing." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Engine power also more evenly matches other premium brands, with the Genesis 3.8's V6 delivering smooth and linear acceleration." -- Edmunds 
  • "Certainly, the 3.8's 333-horsepower V6 is more than enough to move the Genesis sedan with sufficient gusto, but the 5.0 R-Spec's 429-horsepower V8 changes everything. Not only does the car accelerate hard, it also rides and handles a lot more firmly." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The first launch tells you there's more grunt from the Tau V8 than before, and acceleration is emphatic. Even more impressive is the passing power brought to bear when you swing out and punch it." -- AutoWeek (2012 5.0 R-Spec)

Handling and Braking

Most reviewers say that the 2013 Genesis offers composed handling, though they also note that the base Genesis is tuned for comfort rather than sport. One test driver says that a sport-tuned suspension makes the Genesis R-Spec more athletic, but another complains that R-Spec models have a harsh ride. While auto writers say that the Genesis’ steering system is accurate, one critic notes that it lacks road feel. Another test driver writes that the steering wheel in his test car shook over road imperfections.

  • "Overall, 3.8-liter models exhibit a compliant ride, but bumpy roads can induce some undesirable up-and-down motions and shaking through the steering wheel." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "When called upon, the Genesis can perform evasive maneuvers predictably and with little drama. The steering doesn't provide much feedback, but it's reasonably precise and suits the car's purpose." -- Edmunds
  • "The Genesis 5.0-liter R-Spec feels more confident than its … 3.8-liter counterparts, but only in situations that most Hyundai buyers will never find themselves in. Otherwise, the suspension merely comes across as needlessly harsh." -- Autoblog (2012 R-Spec)
  • "Its suspension tuning provides good body control for this big sedan, and could prove to be its ultimate fix." -- Motor Trend (2012 R-Spec)

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