2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

When the Hyundai Genesis came out 3 years ago, I wasn’t sure how it was going to sell. Rear-wheel drive coupes had not done great in the U.S. for quite some time. It sold really well from day one, and now we have a major re-design for 2013. I enjoyed my time with this 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. My test car is a silver Grand Touring edition, just below the top-of-the-line Track edition. This rear-wheel drive sports car has a 3.8-liter V6 putting out 348-horses, but feels like more. Most impressive, it comes with an 8-Speed automatic transmission, something you would not expect in a car like this. There is also a 2.0-liter turbo version available for less money. It handles great, it sounds terrific, and just about everything comes standard, including leather seats, navigation system, push button start, Bluetooth, 18” wheels, and power sunroof.

The car looks great on the outside with a new, aggressive front end, and true sports car lines. This car looks awesome from every angle. Hyundai outdid itself on this one, and you even get Hyundai’s 10 year/100,000 mile warranty. You won’t hear me say this often, but even at sticker price, this car is a great buy. What I liked most: The performance and handling. What I would change: Headroom is very tight for anyone over 6’ tall. MSRP: $32,875 Fuel Economy: 18 in town/28 out the highway. 2013 Genesis Coupe in a few words: Hyundai has a real winner here.

17 Comments
  1. r simon 5 years ago

    Jerry,, Does it make sense for a regular person (not in business ) to lease a vehicle just for everyday driving?? When I was in he car business years ago we always felt uless u could write it off it wa foolish to literally rent it for 36 months paying almost as much as if you were to buy and thenat the end of the lease be on foot,,

    • Michele Sanders 5 years ago

      Leasing has changed a lot and today is much more geared for personal lease use. The only thing to watch is the mileage limits. All the automakers are setting residual values realistically, so we are seeing more and more that people have equity at lease end.

      Leasing is not for everyone, but for many, it’s a great way to get a car.

      Here is a video I did recently on this subject:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUUQHX-8t1o

      THANKS for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

  2. chuck wiese 5 years ago

    Jerry,
    Have you had an opportunity to drive the 3.8 track genesis? I’m looking for a fun car for primarily weekend use, maybe an occasional work commute one or two days a month, maybe a track day or two, to purchase to celebrate my 40th birthday this year. From what I’ve seen so far, it would be really difficult to beat what you get for the price with the genesis an indeed price is a big factor in my interest in this car. But I wanted to get an opinion from a pro.

    • Michele Sanders 5 years ago

      Thanks for listening to the show Chuck. I’ve not had the opportunity to drive the track version, but I suspect it is incredible. The Genesis coupe is just an outstanding car all the way around. I doubt I’ll get back to it this year. However, I think it fits the bill perfectly for what you describe.

      Check under CERTIFIED DEALERS to see if we have a Hyundai dealer near you! I wish you the best!

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

  3. Gloria Rife 5 years ago

    Hardly ever see the Hyundai Azera advertised. Why is that?
    What is your opinion of the Azera?

    Thanks, Gloria

    • Michele Sanders 5 years ago

      I suspect they just don’t need to spend money to sell this great car. Hyundai focuses on their volume cars, and Azera sells itself when people drive it, it is a GREAT value.

      Let me know if I can help!

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

  4. Pat Daley 4 years ago

    Hi Jerry,

    Trying to decide between the 2013 Azera and the 2013 Avalon. They both seem like great cars. Any insights that might tip the scale of one over the other.

    Thanks for your help!
    Pat

    • Michele Sanders 4 years ago

      Pat, that’s a tough one. I love BOTH cars a lot. The Avalon is just an outstanding value. I found the Azera to have a nicer interior and you get the great Hyundai warranty. Honestly, I could flip a coin for you and you’d end up with a GREAT car.

      Be sure to talk to my dealers to get the best deal.

      Click: https://www.carprousa.com/car-pro-approved-dealers/

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

  5. Cheri 4 years ago

    I’m looking at a 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe GS for my 16 yr old. What’s your opinion on this car vs a Honda civic?

    • Michele Sanders 4 years ago

      Cheri, good to hear from you! Both cars are good cars, but if you plan to have her keep this car a long time, the track record of the Civic is hard to beat. For many years, the Civic has been wildly reliable and they are a great value too.

      Either would serve you well, but for the long run, I lean to the Honda. Be sure talk to our nearest Honda dealer to you, click here:

      https://www.carprousa.com/car-pro-approved-dealers/

      Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

  6. joseph riera 4 years ago

    Would like you to review and direct me to dealer in southern california that might have inventory to test drive. Interested in saving some money on purchase price if that is possible?
    Would like 4 door.

    thank you
    joe riera

    • Michele Sanders 4 years ago

      Genesis is an awesome car. Talk to my friend Cheri Watters, she is the GM at Mission Hills Hyundai and she really takes great care of my listeners. THANKS for listening to the show!

      Keyes Mission Hills Hyundai

      10240 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

      Mission Hills, CA 91345

      818.221.4000 Dealership Phone

      Ms. Cherie Watters: General Manager
      cwatters@mhhyundai.com

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

  7. Dan Borah 4 years ago

    I purchased a 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coup 3.8 Grand Tour Edition new from Red Hoagland Hyundai in
    Winter Haven about 10 months ago. Back in August I noticed that the a/c vents on the passenger side of
    the dash stopped blowing cold air after 20 to 40 minutes. I took the car to the dealer on August 4th and
    pick it up 2 hrs later. On my way home I noticed that the problem was not corrected. August 8th I took the
    car back to the dealer for the same repair. They were unable to fix the car and I was told that they were
    waiting for the Hyundai tech to come by the dealership and I would be asked to bring my car in. I waited
    11 weeks and went back to the dealer on November 4th and spoke with the Service Mgr and General Mgr.
    At this meeting I advised them of an additional problem with the a/c unit. When I set the unit to fan only,
    or vent (no a/c) the a/c compressor kicks in and it blows cold air. They apologized for dropping the ball on
    the original problem of passenger vents that stop blowing cold and assured me they would fix it. I picked
    up the car 2 days later and was told the vent problem was fixed and they got with Hyundai tech people
    and decided that a partition or door was warped and causing the problem with passengers vents not continually blowing cold and they ordered the needed part. Nov 22 brought car back to dealer and noticed that the problem with the vent was not fixed. Left the car and it will remain to be seen if they can fix the problem.
    I personally don’t think they know what is wrong with it and the fix they are hopping on will not work. I am
    so sorry I purchased this Genesis Coup.

    • Michele Sanders 4 years ago

      Sounds like you may have more of a dealer problem than a car problem. Your warranty is good anywhere, i’d try a different service department. Don’t give them any history on it, just state your issue. Hopefully they can get it fixed properly. Should that fail, go direct to Hyundai and see what they suggest.

      Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

    • David 3 years ago

      I’ve had the same issue with the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Repeated air conditioning problems that the dealer seems to be not very interested in correcting. Last time I was told there were six cars ahead of me with air conditioning problems. I think this may be a widespread problem with the 2013 Genesis Coupe. Other than poor service from the dealer and the repeated a/c problems,its a great, fun car.

  8. Chris 3 years ago

    Is the Genesis Coupe reliable? I’ve been deciding whether to get the Honda Civic or the Genesis, of course the Genesis has the fun of a sport car, but will it last without any major problems?

    • Michele Sanders 3 years ago

      Genesis coupe has an EXCELLENT history. I reviewed my first one in 2008, and have heard of NO issues since that time. People love them.

      Check to see if we have a Hyundai dealer near you: https://www.carprousa.com/certified-dealers

      THANKS for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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