What’s New for 2013
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe gains more power, a new eight-speed automatic transmission, a longer list of features and mildly updated exterior styling.
Since its introduction, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe has received high praise for its “bang-for-the-buck” proposition. Three years later, that bang gets bigger with the pumped-up 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
This year brings a mild styling refresh for the front end and taillights, but the big news is under the hood. The Genesis Coupe 2.0T’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine now boasts 274 horsepower — a 30 percent increase — while the 3.8 model’s V6 jumps from 306 hp to 348 hp. A new eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters also debuts, bringing with it crisper acceleration and better fuel economy than last year’s six-speed auto.
Along with powertrain changes, the Genesis Coupe also gets revised suspension tuning to better suit the extra power (while still maintaining ride comfort) and quicker-ratio steering for improved response to driver input. Inside the cabin, Hyundai has added a telescoping steering wheel and updated the center stack and gauges with a better-looking design. Hyundai’s BlueLink telematics system is also new, bringing with it services that include voice text messaging, turn-by-turn navigation and monthly vehicle reporting.
Taken together, these are some pretty nice upgrades to an already capable sport coupe. In terms of acceleration and handling, the Genesis Coupe is competitive with a wide array of models. It’s also a lot of fun to drive, yet still quite functional on a daily basis. And even though the Coupe is notably more expensive than it was previously, there’s still a lot of value here, with plenty of features and long warranty coverage.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a performance coupe available in six trim levels: 2.0T, 2.0T R-Spec, 2.0T Premium, 3.8 R-Spec, 3.8 Grand Touring and 3.8 Track.
The entry-level 2.0T comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, a trip computer, a leather-wrapped and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface.
The performance-oriented 2.0T R-Spec loses a few minor convenience items (such as cruise control) but adds 19-inch wheels with summer tires, Brembo brakes, a more firmly tuned suspension, a limited-slip rear differential and front seats with leather bolsters and red cloth inserts. The 2.0T Premium loses the R-Spec’s mechanical upgrades but gains a sunroof, automatic climate control, a power driver seat (with power lumbar), keyless ignition/entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a navigation system, the BlueLink telematics system (with voice text messaging, turn-by-turn navigation and desktop monthly vehicle reporting that includes any vehicle recalls and scheduled maintenance reminders) and an Infinity 10-speaker premium sound system with HD radio.
The 3.8 R-Spec’s standard equipment list is similar to the 2.0T R-Spec with the addition of the 3.8-liter V6 engine. The 3.8 Grand Touring is equipped much like the 2.0T Premium but adds heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, illuminated door sills, leather upholstery and heated front seats. The 3.8 Track adds xenon headlights, a rear spoiler and the R-Spec model’s performance-related hardware.
Powertrains and Performance
The rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis Coupe is powered by a choice of two engines.
The 2.0T models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 274 hp and 275 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard for the 2.0T and 2.0T R-Spec, while an eight-speed automatic is standard for the 2.0T Premium. The automatic is optional for the base 2.0T, but not the R-Spec. EPA estimated fuel economy is 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined with the manual transmission, and 20/31/24 with the automatic.
The 3.8 models come with a 3.8-liter V6 that’s good for 348 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The 3.8 R-Spec only comes with the manual, while the 3.8 Grand Touring only has the automatic. The Track can be equipped with either transmission. In Edmunds performance testing, a 3.8 Genesis Coupe with the manual went from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Fuel economy estimates stand at 18/27/21 mpg with the manual and 18/28/22 mpg for the automatic.
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes standard with stability control, antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. In Edmunds brake testing, a 3.8 R-Spec stopped from 60 mph in a short 116 feet.
Interior Design & Special Features
The cabin of the Genesis Coupe boasts an alluring mix of eye-catching contours and generally high-quality materials. The dash’s swooping curves flow into the door panels, although this interesting design requires an unconventional orientation for the power window and mirror switches.
The driving position is excellent (especially with the available power seats) and offers abundant outward visibility despite the low-slung seating position. This year brings a telescoping steering wheel, which allows short and tall alike to get more comfortable behind the wheel. The controls are generally intuitive except for the standard iPod interface, and despite being an upgrade, the Infinity audio system generates only mediocre sound.
The front seats are superbly shaped for both enthusiastic driving and long-distance cruising. The rear seat, though, is strictly for kids and cargo, as the fastback roof line severely limits headroom. The 10-cubic-foot trunk is surprisingly useful, particularly with the rear seats folded down.
On the road, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe impresses with its balanced handling, precise steering and generally likable ride quality. The firmer suspensions and high-performance tires under R-Spec and 3.8 Track models deliver even more impressive handling, though ride comfort suffers a little in the process.
Most buyers will find the spirited performance offered by the turbocharged four-cylinder engine of the 2.0T models more than enough. That said, we think the broader power band, improved acceleration and gutsy exhaust note that come with the 3.8-liter V6 will be hard for many ordinarily level-headed buyers to resist. This year’s new eight-speed automatic works pretty well, though sometimes it’s slow to downshift. The manual transmission’s shifter has been improved from last year and is our preferred choice, though it’s still not as rewarding to move through its gates as some other transmissions found in competitive models.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe standard Equipment Includes:
- Becketts Black
- Circuit Silver
- Gran Premio Gray
- Monaco White
- Tsukuba Red
- Black, cloth
- Width: 73.4 in.
- Height: 54.5 in.
- Length: 182.3 in.
- Ground clearance: 5.1 in.
- Front track: 63.0 in.
- Rear track: 63.6 in.
- Wheel base: 111.0 in.
- Cargo capacity, all seats in place: 10.0 cu.ft.
Roof and Glass
- Variable intermittent wipers
- Rear defogger
- Rear Lip Spoiler
- Wheel Locks
Tires and Wheels
- Painted alloy wheels
- 18 x 8.0 in. wheels
- Steel spare wheel
- 245/45R18 96V tires
- All season tires
- Inside mounted spare tire
- Temporary spare tire
- EPA interior volume: 98.8 cu.ft.
- Gross weight: 4299 lbs.
- Drag Coefficient: 0.32 Cd
- Curb weight: 3362 lbs.
[**] When adequately equipped, which may require engine and/or other drivetrain upgrades.
- Front head room: 39.2 in.
- Front hip room: 56.0 in.
- Front leg room: 44.1 in.
- Front shoulder room: 56.7 in.
- Bucket front seats
- Rear hip Room: 49.2 in.
- Rear head room: 34.6 in.
- Rear leg room: 30.3 in.
- Rear shoulder room: 52.8 in.
- Folding rear seatback
- Remote power door locks
- Power mirrors
- 2 one-touch power windows
- Cargo Mat
- Carpeted Floor Mats
- Cargo Tray
- Cargo Net
- iPod Cable
- Trip computer
- External temperature display
- Low fuel level warning
- Cruise control
- Front console with storage
- Front cupholders
- Front door pockets
- Manual rear seat easy entry
- Remote trunk release
- Front seatback storage
- Speed-proportional power steering
- 12V front power outlet(s)
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
- Interior air filtration
- Air conditioning
- Trunk light
- Simulated alloy trim on center console
- Simulated alloy trim on doors
- Front reading lights
- Leather trim on shift knob
- Leather steering wheel
- Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
In Car Entertainment
- Mast antenna
- 6 total speakers
- 170 watts stereo output
- AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD MP3 Playback stereo
- Sirius XM satellite radio
- Auxiliary audio input and iPod integration
- 3 Months of provided satellite radio service
- USB connection
- Pre-wired for phone
- Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone
Engine & Performance
- Base engine size: 2.0 L
- Cam type: Double overhead cam (DOHC)
- Cylinders: inline 4
- Valves: 16
- Valve timing: Variable
- Torque: 275 ft-lbs. @ 2000 rpm
- Horsepower: 274 hp @ 6000 rpm
- Turning circle: 37.4 ft.
- Base engine type: gas
- Drive type: rear wheel drive
- Transmission: 6-speed manual
- MacPherson strut front suspension
- Multi-link rear suspension
- Four-wheel independent suspension
- Front and rear stabilizer bar
- Fuel type: gas
- Fuel type: premium unleaded (recommended)
- Fuel tank capacity: 17.2 gal.
- Range in miles (cty/hwy): 361.2/516.0 mi.
- EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 21/30 mpg
- 4-wheel ABS
- Front and rear head airbags
- Dual front side-mounted airbags
- Child seat anchors
- Remote anti-theft alarm system
- Emergency braking assist
- Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes
- Daytime running lights
- Engine immobilizer
- Dusk sensing headlamps
- 2 front headrests
- 2 rear headrests
- Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
- Front seatbelt pretensioners
- Stability control
- Traction control
- Electronic brakeforce distribution
- Emergency interior trunk release
- Front multi-adjustable headrests
- Rear integrated headrests
- Passenger head restraint whiplash protection system
- Driver head restraint whiplash protection system
- Tire pressure monitoring
- Option Group 01
- Basic: 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
- Drivetrain: 10 yr./ 100000 mi.