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Hyundai Genesis Coupe: Jalopnik Buyer's Guide

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The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is Korea’s first entry into the pony car wars. What do you need to know before you buy a Hyundai Genesis Coupe? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you in our Buyer’s Guide.


In the world of powerful, inexpensive rear wheel-drive sports cars, Hyundai is a newcomer. It wasn’t until 2009 that Hyundai decided it wanted in on on the pony wars, so it launched the Genesis Coupe, an inexpensive, handsome little sports coupe from Korea. At the time of its launch, the Genesis Coupe was a strong contender, offering confident handling, good steering feel, powerful Brembo brakes, and plenty of power from the 3.8L V6.

But despite the refresh in 2013, the Genesis Coupe is often glossed over by buyers looking for a sporty two-door. Maybe because it’s styling is a bit quirky, or perhaps because Hyundai still needs to develop its brand further for it to really penetrate the sports car market. Regardless, the Genesis Coupe is still a decent sports car for the money. It’s got a powerful V6 engine that can be mated to either a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 8-speed automatic. And the Genesis Coupe is backed by Hyundai’s long 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty to boot.


New for 2015

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The 2015 Hyundai Genesis coupe dumps the previously standard 2.0L turbo inline 4 cylinder, leaving the 348 hp 3.8L V6 as the standard mill. The deletion of the four banger, along with a few changes to the trim levels, round out the newness for the 2015 model year.

Important Facts At A Glance:

MSRP: $26,750 - $33,400 Top Speed: ~150 MPH [est] Acceleration: ~5 to 60 [est]

MPG: 16 city / 25 hwy / 19 combined [auto] Engines: 3.8L V6

Drivetrain Layout: Front Engine, RWD

Photo credit: Hyundai


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Tim (Fractal Footwork)

If I may, here are two reviews, one upon initial purchase and another after a year of ownership, of my personal 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec, if you need more in-depth analysis:

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec 3.8: The OppositeLock Review

After 1 year: My Car is Two-Faced, and Batman Isn’t Going to Save Me