2010 Hyundai Genesis

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2010 hyundai genesis Reviews and News

0909 08 Pl+2010 Honda Civic Si Coupe+vs 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe+ 20T Track
0909 08 Z+2010 Honda Civic Si Coupe+vs 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe+ 20T Track
Hyundai thinks it has a new value-champ among hot imports with its new Genesis Coupe 2.0T. It's hard to argue with 210 hp, rear-wheel drive, and sexy styling for only $22,750. But the Genesis isn't sold in a vacuum, so we needed to see how it stacked up against some serious competition.
As it turns out, we had another vehicle in our possession that matched the Hyundai's cheap-and-fast qualifications -a 2010 Honda Civic Si. Of course, with front-wheel drive, a small naturally aspirated engine, and practically invisible styling, it would be little more than a punching bag for the Hyundai, right?
Well, hold on a second. Long-in-the-tooth and lacking in glitz though it may be, the Civic Si remains an icon of the sport-compact world, and commands a huge following. And at a mere $22,765 starting price, it has essentially the same price as the Genesis. Plus, it remains a blast to drive. With all that in mind, we set out to determine which of these cars best satisfies the import performance car buyer on a budget.
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Appearance
If you want a car that grabs attention, then stop reading right now and go buy the Hyundai. As we noted in our initial review, the Genesis offers style comparable to a $40,000 Infiniti G37. The flared fenders, dual exhaust, and 19-inch rims (18-inch wheels are standard) all indicate that this is a fast, rear-wheel-drive machine with sporting intentions. No doubt about it: this is the highest-style Hyundai to date.
The Civic, on the other hand, is a Civic. You probably saw (and didn't notice) six of them on your commute to work this morning. Even our test car's bright red paint and plus-size spoiler couldn't overcome the sheer ubiquity of the design. Some of us actually prefer this subtlety, especially when we're driving in a way that might interest local law enforcement. However, we can't imagine many typical import buyers (young, male, desperately wanting attention) choosing restrained and quiet over voluptuous and expensive-looking.
Interior
When choosing between the Genesis and Civic interior, one has a choice of either form or function. The Genesis, like its sedan cousin, features very handsome, upscale interior design. The attractive center console, contoured bucket seats with red inserts, and aluminum pedals show little relation to Hyundai's more utilitarian offerings. Our up-level Track model also came with goodies such as Bluetooth and keyless ignition. While everything looked good, we were less impressed with the way it all felt. The dash, armrests, and even the leather-wrapped steering wheel all felt rock hard.
Drivers were more split on the Civic's interior aesthetics. Some love the futuristic gauges and dash. Others found it tacky and cheap, an impression furthered by its similarity to the cabin in our Four Seasons Honda Fit. And yet, we preferred it to the Genesis' cabin for its excellent -- and classically Honda -- functionality. Though most surfaces are hard and plastic, everything the driver normally touches, especially the small-radius steering wheel, is wrapped in leather or soft cloth. The digital gauges are easy to read, and the low dash and expansive windshield provide excellent forward visibility. We also loved the snug, amply bolstered seats. Our only complaint was with the outdated optional navigation system, and the slow radio controls that come with it.
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Driving Dynamics
Despite the "T" badge on the Genesis' trunk, the 2.0-liter engine in the Hyundai doesn't drip with the muscle you think of when you hear the word "turbo." The turbocharger is relatively slow to call up boost and begins to choke well before redline is reached. The result is a limited rev range, and the Hyundai engine feels quite coarse as the rpms rise. It's much happier loafing around town at low revs and part-throttle.
In contrast, the naturally aspirated Honda spins eagerly all the way to its 8000-rpm redline. The i-VTEC 2.0-liter produces 13 hp and a considerable 84 lb-ft less than the Hyundai's turbocharged mill, but that doesn't make the Civic a slouch. In fact, once you're moving, the Honda feels substantially quicker. The data seems to bear this out. Though we were unable to get back-to-back acceleration figures on these cars, our past testing indicates the Civic is faster in all respects, both launching to 60 mph and clearing the quarter mile 0.3 seconds faster than the Genesis. Behind the wheel, we fell in love with the Civic's responsiveness -- and superb acoustics -- at the top end of the tach. The Civic's six-speed shifter is also smooth and quick in contrast to a notchy and removed Hyundai stick.
With rear-wheel drive, the Genesis holds a natural advantage in the handling department. However, the Civic Si proves to be more enjoyable to drive. This Honda is perhaps one of the best handling front-wheel-drive cars, aided by crisp, precise steering. The suspension is firm without being uncomfortable, turn-in is instantaneous, and turning the wheel inspires confidence. On poorly paved public roads, the Hyundai's track pack suspension proves simply too harsh to be enjoyable. If it were our choice, we'd save the money and pass on the track package for a more livable ride. Steering in the Genesis also disappoints, feeling more like a sporty family sedan than a true performance car.
Verdict
Had we taken these cars to a track, it's possible the Genesis' rear-wheel drive, power advantage, and hyper-stiff suspension may have proven their worth. But these small performance cars aren't about weekend racing, they're about meshing performance with practicality. Despite packing front-wheel drive and a low-torque engine, Honda's Civic Si remains one of the best budget performance cars. The Civic Si possesses a rare character that's happy to run at the limit for lengthy periods, but doesn't make any concessions to the plebian Civic it's based on. It's a car that's a blast to flog on any road, and yet it still maintains civil manners for daily driving.
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The Specs
Honda Civic Si
Base price: $22,765
Price as-tested: $24,815
Engine: 2.0L I-4, 197 hp, 139 lb-ft
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Drive: Front-wheel
Hyundai Genesis 2.0T
Base price: $22,000
Price as-tested: $27,625
Engine: 2.0L turbocharged I-4, 210 hp, 223 lb-ft
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Drive: Rear-wheel
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Performance data*
Honda Civic Si
0-60 mph: 6.7 seconds
0-100 mph: 16.8 seconds
1/4 mile: 15.2 seconds @ 95 mph
Hyundai Genesis 2.0T
0-60 mph: 7.0 seconds
0-100 mph: 17.7 seconds
1/4 mile: 15.4 seconds @ 93 mph
* Test numbers from previous Automobile Magazine tests.
0907 01 Pl+2010 Buick LaCrosse+2009 Hyundai Genesis 4 6
0907 01 Z+2010 Buick LaCrosse+2009 Hyundai Genesis 4 6
We were quite excited early last week to take delivery of a 2010 Buick Lacrosse. After all, when was the last time we've seen a truly new mid-size Buick? (Answer: 1988)
Buick hopes the LaCrosse will continue the success it has enjoyed with the Enclave crossover and establish the brand among younger, more affluent shoppers. With a base price ranging from about $27,000 to $34,000 and a choice of three engines (a four-cylinder and two V-6s), the LaCrosse, Buick says, will compete with everything from Chrysler 300s to the Lexus ES.
But as we perused the $39,325 sticker of our well-equipped CXS model, we couldn't help but think of our Four Seasons Hyundai Genesis 4.6, which has a similar price and a similar mission. Like Buick, Hyundai hopes to grab the attention of buyers who have historically snorted derisively at the idea of driving one of its cars. And although the two may differ in packaging - the LaCrosse relies on front/all-wheel drive and a direct-injection V-6 while the Genesis goes with rear-wheel drive and a V-8 - both come packed with technology and refinement in hopes of enticing near-luxury buyers.
We spent the better part of an afternoon driving - and being driven - through the finer parts of Ann Arbor to determine which of these sedans stands a better chance of capturing a slice of the luxury pie. Read on for our thoughts.
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Buick LaCrosse CXS
It's been a long, long time since Buick sedans received much consideration among the moneyed elite. And yet, our "red jewel" LaCrosse looked quite at home as we pulled through a private golf course and country club in Barton Hills. Indeed, the car's young styling team, which included both American and Chinese designers, did a good job creating a fresh and decidedly premium look for Buick. Traditional styling elements such as the sweep-spear profile, ventiports, and waterfall grille coexist well with a taut and modern--if somewhat derivative--body.
We felt just as worthy of our surroundings when we climbed into the Buick and beheld its nicely stitched dash and high-dollar materials. Buick tells us it paid special attention to the back seats, because Chinese people--who now represent more than half of the brand's total customer base--often prefer to be chauffeured. We can report that Communist party elites will enjoy ample room to stretch out and relax as they're shuttled around Beijing. In fact, there's more legroom than in the Genesis, despite the LaCrosse's shorter wheelbase.
Our particular example suffered from a few gaps and squeaks, but we've been assured that these early-production imperfections will be ironed out before the cars hit dealer lots. More troubling is the amount of road noise that finds its way into the cabin. It's not excessive, but more than one editor noticed a difference compared with the Genesis, which, like the Buick, uses laminated, double-pane glass for the windshield and the front windows.
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Augmenting Buick's youthful aspirations is a vast array of technology sure to confuse elderly LeSabre owners. Our model had navigation, heated and cooled front seats, a head-up display, a backup camera, and an eleven-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo but lacked the available blind-spot assist and rear-seat DVD player. The reasonably intuitive nav interface combines a scroll wheel with a touch screen and clearly labeled buttons. Minor quibbles that we didn't experience with the Genesis include the fact that there's no clear way to turn off the radio without also shutting down the navigation and the somewhat distorted backup-camera display, which makes the car seem narrower than it actually is.
The LaCrosse's commitment to technology is more than skin deep, as it rides on GM's all-new mid-size car platform, essentially a stretched version of the one underpinning the well-regarded Opel Insignia. Although the LaCrosse clearly falls on the Lexus end of the driving-dynamics spectrum, with effortless steering and a cosseting ride, it exhibits little of the wallowing body roll and float that characterized Buicks of yore.
Our CXS came with the top-of-the-line, direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 making 280 hp. Unfortunately, customers cannot combine this engine with all-wheel drive, which will be available only with the smaller 3.0-liter V-6. The result is noticeable torque steer and wheel spin off the line--even when you aren't trying to be a hooligan.
Base price: $33,765
As tested: $39,325
Body style: 4-door sedan
Accommodation: 5 passengers
Powertrain
Engine: DOHC 24-valve V-6
Displacement: 3.6 liters
Horsepower: 280 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 259 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Transmission type: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
EPA fuel economy: 17/25 mpg (est.)
On sale: August
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Hyundai Genesis 4.6
Whereas the Buick looked best parked in front of the country club, the Genesis reveals its incredible value and considerable polish only from behind the wheel. The Hyundai's faux Mercedes-Benz grille and generally anonymous exterior makes it painfully clear that the young Korean automaker lacks the heritage of premium design that Buick enjoys. And yet, our Four Seasons Genesis matches the LaCrosse feature for feature, adds to the mix rear-wheel drive and a V-8, and still comes in at just a few grand more (and it incurs only a slight fuel-economy penalty). Indeed, for $42,000, the Hyundai offers most of what you'll get in a $65,000 Lexus LS.
Still, it's worth noting that the Genesis 3.8, with its 290-hp V-6 and $33,250 starting price, might have made for a fairer comparison than our fully loaded V-8 model, so we won't dwell on the fact that everyone who went from the LaCrosse to the Genesis was immediately seduced by the extra 100 hp and unmistakable eight-cylinder growl. What we will dwell on is the Hyundai's superior delivery of that power. Whereas jabs at the Buick's throttle almost always brought on wheel spin and torque steer, the rear-wheel-drive Genesis was almost impossible to unsettle, delivering the silky-smooth, effortless acceleration one expects of a luxury sedan. That said, Hyundai's chassis engineers still have something to learn about tuning a premium car, as the ride can be unexpectedly harsh over bumps.
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As in the Buick, there's an arsenal of technology and plenty of room for passengers. Those sitting in back will appreciate the Hyundai's extra width, especially when squeezing in with other adults. The metal iDrive-like controller on the center console is much more user-friendly than most similar systems, including iDrive, and it feels a bit more upscale than Buick's setup. Some editors commented on the rather plain, Sonata-like instrument panel and the somewhat low-end switchgear--a sharp contrast with the LaCrosse's colorful gauges and graphics--and wondered why only the driver got a cooled seat. Overall, though, we were reminded once again how much the Genesis truly offers compared with its competitors.
Base price: $38,000
As tested: $42,000
Body style: 4-door sedan
Accommodation: 5-passengers
Powertrain
Engine: DOHC 32-valve V-8
Displacement: 4.6 liters
Horsepower: 375 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 236 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Transmission type: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel
EPA fuel economy: 17/25/19 mpg (city/highway/combined)
On sale: Now
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Conclusion
Both cars prove that there are now strong alternatives to the usual players in the so-called near-luxury segment. The LaCrosse, when equipped and priced to match a high-end Honda Accord V-6 or a Lexus ES350 (as most models no doubt will be), offers a compelling mix of comfort and style. Yes, we're citing style as a reason for buying a Buick sedan.
For just a bit more money though, it's hard to do better than the Genesis. In either V-6 or V-8 form, you get unmatched luxury along with the dynamic benefits and added cachet of rear-wheel drive. And if your snooty friends won't give you enough respect, find a new country club.
0906 05 Pl+2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 20T+front Three Quarters View
0906 05 Z+2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 20T+front Three Quarters View
The development process behind an automobile differs slightly from company to company, but when it came time to render the 2010 Genesis Coupe 2.0T, it seems Hyundai engineers sat down with a Oujia board and channeled the spirit of Toyota's old AE86 Corolla. Laugh all you want, but ask yourself--when's the last time you've seen an affordable import sports coupe that didn't send power to the front wheels?
While the six-cylinder Genesis Coupe may have premium GT aspirations (both the Infiniti G37 and BMW 3-series are benchmarks), we prefer the premise behind the entry-level 2.0T. Simply put, it's a sharp, inexpensive, rear-wheel-drive coupe that, with a little work, can become whatever you want. Much like how the AE86 is still revered by track stars, gymkhana kings, and drift masters, Hyundai expects the Genesis Coupe to serve as a tuner's blank slate.
With four variations of the four-cylinder car alone, Hyundai--which ironically code-named the Genesis Coupe "BK"--truly allows you to have it your way. Those on a shoestring budget obviously will look at the base 2.0T model, which carries an amazingly low price tag of $22,750, including destination. That price point throws it into the same arena as the Mitsubishi Eclipse ($20,249), Nissan Altima Coupe ($22,470), and, for a while anyway, the Pontiac G6 Coupe ($24,800). As always, the Hyundai comes with a long list of standard features (Bluetooth, satellite radio, and an USB audio input are but a sampling), but one--rear-wheel drive--remains unique.
Hyundai says that rear-wheel drive will become a hallmark of the Genesis "sub-brand," but few components on the 2.0T model are shared with the luxury sedan, apart from the five-link independent rear suspension. The Coupe still uses a strut-type independent front suspension, but the dual-link design, reportedly lighter than the sedan's five-link setup, is unique to the two-door.
So too is the exterior form, which is quite a departure from the conservative Genesis. Critics may deride the Genesis Coupe's form as aping the new Nissan 370Z or Infiniti G37, but it actually draws most of its inspiration from the HCD-8 concept shown in 2004. In person, the Genesis Coupe looks wider and more emotive than its competitors, thanks to angular fenders and a unique drop-down window opening behind the doors. The interior's design motif departs from the sedan's as well. Although the dash pad may have a nice feel to it, the premium materials found in the Genesis sedan are used sparingly, if at all. We do, however, find the bucket seats nicely bolstered, and in certain models, nicely trimmed.
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Motive power comes courtesy of an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 mounted just aft of the front axle. The engine produces 210 hp and 223 lb-ft at 2000 rpm. A Hyundai-developed six-speed manual transmission is standard, and the automatic option is an Aisin five-speed rather than the ZF six-speed in the six-cylinder Genesis Coupe 3.8.
The turbo-four provides a fair amount of power, but delivers it in a very sedate manner. Acceleration lags until the turbo spools, but even then, you're not thrown into your seats by a wall of torque. Speed gradually accumulates until you reach the upper echelons of the tachometer, where the little engine that could runs out of steam. You'll want to avoid those areas of the tach, as the engine grows buzzy and slightly coarse (our tester's shift knob vibrated incessantly) as it nears redline.
Sadly, power doesn't increase if you opt for the 2.0T Track model, but the ride stiffness does. Hyundai cranks up the front and rear spring rates by seven and eighteen percent, respectively, and adds a Torsen limited-slip differential. The only visible elements of the Track package are 19-inch aluminum wheels (with summer compound tires) in lieu of the standard 18-inch units; a rear-deck spoiler; and large, red, Brembo brake calipers.
All that hardcore equipment suggests the base car isn't a handler, but that isn't the case. The car remains sharp and taut through corners, although there's little, if any, feedback given through the steering wheel. The ride is generally compliant over most broken road surfaces, but the car feels slightly harsh over expansion joints. Little wind noise permeates the Coupe's cabin, although there is a surprising amount of road noise transmitted.
Still, we're thinking additional sound insulation won't be the first modification most buyers spring for. In fact, Hyundai's offering a "tuner-ready" R-Spec model this summer that offers even less content. R-Spec cars will come with all the go-fast goodies offered on the Track, but won't include things like fog lamps, Bluetooth, cruise control, and the trip computer. The R-spec's $23,750 sticker is $3000 less than a 2.0T Track, leaving more room within a buyer's budget for upgrades.
Regardless of which flavor you choose or modifications you install, there's plenty about the Genesis Coupe to like. It's an affordable, attractive sports coupe, with the unique appeal of rear-wheel drive. Only time will tell, but we imagine this Hyundai could someday be revered by the tuner crowd, much like the AE86.
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0905 07 Z+2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe+rear Three Quarter View
It's all about derivatives these days. If they're not decimating your 401(k), they're invading your neighborhood car dealership. Although its similarity doesn't come across as well in photographs, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis coupe is a dead ringer for the Infiniti G37 coupe. In fact, it might as well be badged the Designer Imposter Infiniti G37.
It's not as gorgeous as the G37 coupe - what is? - but the Genesis coupe shares all the key measurements - any dimensional difference between the two cars is less than the length of your middle finger. Which is exactly the finger you'll be seeing if you ask someone in a Genesis coupe if they're driving the new Tiburon.
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Not that there's anything wrong with the Tiburon, but there will be inherent marketing-related growing pains as Hyundai eases out of its entry-level, economy-car past and into its rear-wheel-drive, big-hitter-facsimile future - especially when it tries to appeal to enthusiasts. For that reason alone, many potential buyers of the more expensive G37 won't give the Hyundai a second look.
If it's performance they're looking for, though, perhaps they should. On paper, the Genesis coupe 3.8 is the near equal of the G37 - and for ten grand less. Its horsepower deficit (306 versus 330 hp) is nearly nixed by an almost 300-pound weight advantage, helping the Hyundai come within a half-second of the Infiniti's 5.5-second sprint to 60 mph. And that's despite engine programming that refuses to give power back after quick redline shifts. The Hyundai also matches the G37's very impressive braking performance and cornering figures, which are a near match for the BMW 335i's numbers. Do we have your attention yet? It may be a copy of a copy (Infiniti unabashedly targeted the 3-series with the G37), but the Hyundai's performance is anything but derivative.
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The question is, though: who's going to buy this new coupe? Hyundai hopes the tuner crowd will embrace the two-door Genesis, especially the base model, which comes with a new, 210-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter. Unfortunately, the new four-banger makes much better sense as a base engine for those who are looking for a Tiburon replacement - buyers wanting sporty looks and decent performance at a very low price. The 2.0T is tuned for lots of muscle in the low-rpm, daily-driving range, but it runs out of thrust quickly as the tach climbs past 4000 rpm. Worse, without balance shafts, the engine practically begs you to short-shift it, due to deafening boominess and vibrations severe enough to rattle the dashboard.
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An even bigger issue for the 2.0T is that the 3.8 costs only $3000 more. Tuners like to tinker but they love speed, and even with three grand in modifications, the four-cylinder likely won't come close to the V-6's output - and it'll never match its sound and power delivery. Despite coming from less enthusiast-focused cars (can you say Kia Borrego?), the V-6 works surprisingly well in a sporty application. It's an overachiever of an engine, pulling like mad all the way to redline and filling the cabin with a ferocious intake honk, a sonorous exhaust wail, and just enough coarseness to say "sporty" without ever saying "thrashy."
Infiniti's 3.7-liter could take a singing lesson from it, in fact. The meaty clutch in the Genesis has a positive engagement point near the top of its travel, and the high-mounted shifter, although notchy when cold, is a pleasure to row through the gears. Pleasantly devoid of the torque steer that plagues all powerful front-wheel-drive cars, the Genesis's steering is quick, well-weighted, and accurate - but a bit lighter on feedback than we'd hoped.
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The Genesis coupe will be sold in several trim levels - base, Premium, Track, and R-Spec for the 2.0T, and base, Grand Touring, or Track for the 3.8 only. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with either engine; alternatively, base and Premium 2.0T coupes can be mated to a five-speed automatic. All V-6 models are available with the same ZF six-speed automatic found in the Genesis sedan, but inexplicably, in this application, it doesn't match engine revs on downshifts and has no true manual mode.
Track models are the top-specification coupes and come standard with a full complement of electronics (minus a navigation system, which will become available later this year). Behind the nineteen-inch wheels (lesser models come with eighteens) are red-painted, four-piston Brembo calipers front and rear. The package also includes a Torsen limited-slip differential, stiffer springs, retuned dampers, and bigger antiroll bars.
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Although the Genesis's pedals are spaced a little too far apart for easy heel-and-toeing, the Brembos give fantastic brake feel, and when we took the Genesis for hot laps around a racetrack, they refused to fade. The Track model's suspension, which adds an ever-so-slight amount of chop to the coupe's otherwise supple ride, helps the Genesis turn in more crisply and reduces understeer. Unfortunately, even the Track chassis plows resolutely, a situation not helped by the staggered wheels and tires. On smooth pavement, neither abrupt turn-in nor trailing throttle will coax the coupe's tail out, although midcorner bumps will throw the car sideways - an unfortunate trait also exhibited by the Genesis sedan with which the coupe shares its five-link rear suspension.
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The base turbo engine's narrow power band, appreciable lag, and modest output (when teemed against 3400 pounds of curb weight) aren't enough to reliably overcome the understeer and kick the coupe's tail out. But that's a problem the 3.8 doesn't have. It lacks the G37's perfect chassis poise, but add loads of power and the six-pot Genesis becomes the drift champion that Hyundai has been promising all along. The steering wheel may communicate nearly nothing about what the front wheels are doing at the limit, but the Genesis's long wheelbase, broad torque curve, and wonderfully progressive limited-slip diff make ludicrous power slides easy. Professional driver, closed course, and all that jazz...
The Genesis coupe works well in daily driving, too. The cabin is finished with nice materials, and its great-sounding Infinity (no relation to the G37) sound system is powerful enough to drown out the considerable road noise at highway speeds. There's enough legroom in back for six-footers, but the coupe's raked roofline means their noggins will be firmly planted against the hard rear glass. The trunk's high load floor and the one-piece folding rear seat's small pass-through limit cargo-carrying versatility.
Of course, conventional wisdom says that if you need to transport lots of people and stuff, you buy a sedan. Then again, not even the most astute conventional wisdom would have predicted that Hyundai could pull off a car like this.
SPECS
On sale: Now
Base price: $22,750/ $26,750 (2.0T/3.8)
Engines: 2.0L turbo I-4, 210 hp, 223 lb-ft; 3.8L V-6, 306 hp, 266 lb-ft
Drive: Rear-wheel
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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Specifications and Test Data
Power: 210 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 223 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Displacement: 2.0 liters
Weight: 3380 lbs
Weight distribution (percent, front/rear): 53.8/46.2
0-60 mph: 7.0 sec
0-100 mph: 17.7 sec
0-110 mph: 23.0 sec
0-120 mph: 28.4 sec
0-130 mph: 35.8 sec
1/4 mile pass: 15.4 sec @ 93 mph
Peak acceleration g: 0.6
30-70 mph "passing:" 7.5 sec
70-0 mph braking: 159 ft
Peak deceleration g: 1.1
Lateral Left: 0.93
Lateral Right: 0.88
Speed in Gears:
-1st: 30 mph
-2nd: 52 mph
-3rd: 77 mph
-4th: 105 mph
-5th: 129 mph
-6th: 133 mph
Wheel/Tire Info: Bridgestone Potenza RE050A
Front Tire Size: 225/40YR-19
Rear Tire Size: 245/40YR-19
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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe V-6 Specifications and Test Data
Power: 306 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 266 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Displacement: 3.8 liters
Weight: 3480 lbs
Weight distribution (percent, front/rear): 54.6/45.4
0-60 mph: 5.9 sec
0-100 mph: 15.4 sec
0-110 mph: 19.2 sec
0-120 mph: 23.1 sec
0-130 mph: 27.8 sec
0-140 mph: 38.2 sec
0-150 mph: 54.7 sec
1/4 mile pass: 14.9 sec @ 98 mph
Peak acceleration g: 0.57
30-70 mph "passing:" 7.2 sec
70-0 mph braking: 157 ft
Peak deceleration g: 1.05
Lateral Left: 0.93
Lateral Right: 0.87
Speed in Gears:
-1st: 27 mph
-2nd: 61 mph
-3rd: 88 mph
-4th: 116 mph
-5th: 142 mph
-6th: 151 mph
Wheel/Tire Info: Bridgestone Potenza RE050A
Front Tire Size: 225/40YR-19
Rear Tire Size: 245/40YR-19
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Hp
The night I signed out the Genesis coupe, I had to make an unexpected, late-night trip to Flint (about an hour's drive away) to pick up my husband at the airport. About twenty minutes into the trip, it was evident that US-23 -- which, like most Michigan freeways, is marred by uneven surfaces -- was not the place for the Genesis coupe to show off its best qualities. The combination of a stiff suspension and road irregularities resulted in a weird pogo-like motion that was not only uncomfortable but gave me a headache as I tried to keep my eyes focused down the road.
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Front Three Quarter
The Genesis Coupe 2.0T is a great idea that falls a bit flat in the execution. On paper, the two-door Genesis offers ninety percent of what people look for in an Infiniti G37 for about sixty percent of the price -- what we've come to expect from Hyundai, in other words. Once you're driving it, however, it seems like less of a value and more of a pale impersonation. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is harsh, noisy, and sluggish, and the ride is overly stiff. Steering is quite precise but is liable to develop a mind of its own over every bump in the road, and it has a disconcerting dead spot at highway speeds. There are also good bits here, including a pleasant six-speed manual, sticky nineteen-inch tires, and strong Brembo brakes, but as a package, the coupe needs a bit more time in the oven.
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Rear Three Quarter
Like David, I love the idea of the Genesis coupe, but I'm not really a fan of its execution. The engine sounds very buzzy, the gearbox is far from silky, and the ride quality, at least of this R-Spec example, is quite rough. And after my 25-mile commute, my elbows ached considerably, since there are no armrest soft points to speak of. On the plus side, though, Hyundai's 2.0T offers plenty of passing power. Plus, this sporty coupe's back seats provide easier access for baby duty than all current pony cars except possibly the Dodge Challenger.
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Front Three Quarter
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Front Three Quarters
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21 MPG City | 30 MPG Hwy
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2010 Hyundai Genesis Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
Horsepower:
210 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
223 ft lb of torque @ 2000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
60,000 miles / 60 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 120 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 84 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake transmission shift interlock feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
Consequences
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.
Potential Units Affected
1,712,336
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake transmission shift interlock feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
Consequences
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.
Potential Units Affected
1,712,336
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:31
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FLUID
Summary
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Genesis vehicles manufactured April 30, 2008, through March 28, 2012. The vehicles may contain brake fluid which does not protect against corrosion of the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU).
Consequences
If the module corrodes, reduced brake effectiveness may result, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners and instruct them to bring their vehicle to a dealer for service. Hyundai will inspect the HECU module for proper operation, and will replace the modules as necessary. Hyundai will replace the factory brake fluid in those vehicles that have not previously had the factory brake fluid replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. The recall began on December 24, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151 or by email at consumeraffairs@hmausa.com. Hyundai's recall number is 114.
Potential Units Affected
43,500
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Summary
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2009-2011 Hyundai Genesis vehicles manufactured April 30, 2008, to November 21, 2010, and 2011 Hyundai Equus vehicles manufactured July 31, 2010, to November 21, 2010. Due to a circuit failure, the stop lamps in the affected vehicles may not illuminate.
Consequences
A following vehicle may not recognize that the vehicle is slowing or coming to a stop if the stop lamps on the vehicle do not illuminate as expected. There is an increased risk of a rear-end crash as a result.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will repair the stop lamp switch circuit, free of charge. Hyundai issued an interim notification to owners on January 6, 2015. The recall began on March 23, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 125.
Potential Units Affected
42,925
Notes
Hyundai Motor America


IIHS Roof Strength
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NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R

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