2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec

Matt Tierney

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.

And then there is the matter of value. Yes, the base Genesis is a lot of car for $23,000 and change. But for about the same price, Ford and Chevrolet offer stylish rear-wheel-drive pony cars with 300-hp V-6s. Step up to the Genesis 3.8, and the Americans counter with honking V-8s. Some will argue that import-oriented Genesis buyers won't look at a Mustang or a Camaro. Well, they should.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

The old adage "you get what you pay for" definitely applies here and, anytime you discuss Hyundai and Kia.In my opinion, cars built by these companies are for people who want a "deal". that is, they want the real thing but they are willing to settle for 2nd best because it saves them a few thousand dollars. I would rather have my 07 Honda Civic Si than this or ANYTHING H or K offers. If I can "really" afford the real thing, why should I pay to have a placebo? No, if I can only afford to spend a certain amount of money I prefer to get the best available instead of settling for something less. Over the long haul I believe my money is better spent in reliability, resale and peace of mind. For too long Americans have been willing to settle for 2nd best in many areas to their hurt spiritually, nationally and in many other ways.

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