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Hyundai Genesis Coupe offers sporty performance and handling




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It had a sporty appearance five years ago when it debuted to the car world. But there was one primary ingredient missing in the Hyundai Genesis Coupe - it lacked sporty performance.

The original Genesis engine was rather pokey and the handling was lacking as well. Even with its modest price tag and great warranty, the Genesis was not generating - sales weren't very good.

Although it took too long to address the issues, Hyundai finally did something about the Genesis' deficiencies and the result is a pretty cool car that still provides a lot of bang for the buck, a trademark of the Korean auto manufacturer.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

* Performance: turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 274 horsepower; 3.8-liter, V6, 348 horsepower
* Mileage estimate: 18-31 mpg
* Price: $24,250 to $33,000
* Warranty: 5years/60,000 miles; drivetrain 10 years/100,000 miles; corrosion 7 years/unlimited; roadside assistance 5 years/unlimited

Redesigned for 2013, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe can now hang with the competition, which includes some old American standards like the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger. Rivals also include the Scion FR-S and its near identical twin, the Subaru BRZ.

The Genesis Coup not only performs better, some would suggest it looks better as well. The redesign has a new front fascia, grille, headlights, hood, LED-accented tail lights, and fog lights.

Performance is no longer an issue with the rear-wheel drive Genesis because car shoppers now have two great selections - three 2.0 turbocharged models and three V6 versions.

Sold at a modest price (starting at $24,250), the turbocharged models feature a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 274 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Driven here for a week, it was definitely a fun car to take out on the open road and even around town. One caution: The standard six-speed manual has a very touchy, taut clutch that frankly is difficult to master even for someone used to manual transmissions.

The turbocharged models provide quite a bit of performance, but the V6 versions (starting price $28,750) offer even more. They are powered by a 3.8-liter, that's good for 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It's capable of going from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds, which is pretty darn brisk. Despite the acceleration capability, the gas mileage is not bad, ranging from 18-28 mpg.

When looking at the gas mileage projections, be aware that both that Hyundai and Kia, which are under the same manufacturer umbrella, were chastised recently by the Environmental Protection Agency for overstating gas mileage on 900,000 vehicles sold in the past three years. However, the Genesis Coupe is reportedly not among the vehicles with lower than reported gas mileage figures.

The Genesis offers that fun factor ride where tight turns can be taken much faster, thanks to a new firm suspension that allows for sharp handling and precise steering. The downside is the ride can be rough at times, especially on uneven surfaces. The Genesis can also become a tad noisy when the rpms are climbing to high level.

Interior changes came with the redesign as well. The Genesis now includes a more sophisticated center stack, has telescoping steering wheel, and improved gauge design. For skiers, the new rear-seat pass-through is a nice addition.

There's good leg room and comfort for front seat occupants, but adding a sun roof can limit the head space for taller people. The rear seating is typical of most coupes, providing only room and comfort that a child can enjoy. The trunk is predictable as well, on the small side at 10-cubic feet.

Overall, the 2013 Genesis Coupe is much improved. It continues to carry an appealing sticker price while improving on its performance, handling, interior and appearance.


Weidel on Wheels author Jeffrey Weidel is an award-winning writer from the Sacramento region who has reviewed automobiles for more than two decades. He can be reached at skiweidel@gmail.com
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