Test Drive: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 GT car test drives reviews hyundai
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 GT. Click image to enlarge
First Drive: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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Review and photos by Michael Schlee

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Cheap speed can be a lot fun (unless you buy it in some downtown back alley). There may not have been a better time in history than right now to be a car enthusiast: it seems every manufacturer keeps pumping out sporty offerings that handle better, make more power, and are more efficient than their predecessors. Case in point is Hyundai with their Genesis Coupe. When it came out in 2010, it was unthinkable that a 210-hp rear-wheel drive sports coupe could be had for a hair over $25,000, and the V6 coupe with 300-plus horsepower started in the low $30,000 range.

Fast forward three short years and Hyundai has done it again. Now the entry-level Genesis Coupe produces an awesome 274 hp yet only costs $26,499, while the V6 has been beefed up to 348 hp and includes all the go-fast performance bits for a mere $36,999. These improvements alone would suffice for a mid-cycle refresh, but Hyundai has taken things a step further and refreshed nearly every aspect of the vehicle.

Test Drive: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 GT car test drives reviews hyundai
Test Drive: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 GT car test drives reviews hyundai
Test Drive: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 GT car test drives reviews hyundai
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 GT. Click image to enlarge

Starting on the outside, the 2013 Genesis Coupe features a new front fascia with revised grille, headlights, foglights, and hood designs. For the most part, these enhancements look good and add a little more aggression to the vehicle’s overall design. However, the non-functional hood vents seem both out of place and cheesy on this car. Is Hyundai trying too hard to attract some muscle car customers? The new taillight design is also aggressive and it’s what Hyundai refers to as ‘LED-focused’ and look intricate in their 3D design. Speaking of LEDs, my V6 GT test vehicle included front LED daytime running lights that really set the car off and help make the Genesis Coupe appear more expensive and upscale than it is.

Inside, the Genesis Coupe refresh is focused around a redesigned centre stack, improved materials, and a new gauge cluster. The extra gauges included on the centre stack look great and I loved the torque meter; it creates juvenile levels of fun every time you step on the gas pedal. The dual gauge cluster with centre-mounted information computer is easy to read and look modern without falling into the clutter trap. The rest of the interior is a mix of soft and hard touch materials with tan leather seats set against a charcoal dashboard. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, but lack headroom: even with the seat set to its lowest setting, I still have to recline the chair beyond my normal position to keep my head from hitting the roof. Blame a larger-than-usual sunroof intrusion for this problem.

New for 2013, the Genesis Coupe adds a telescopic steering wheel, which is much appreciated by yours truly. The wheel is pleasantly weighted, slightly on the heavier side and offers a nice, leather-wrapped thick grip. The gear-shifter knob felt equally great, with medium length throws. I did happen to miss the odd gear when shifting quickly, but soon learned the placement of each gear. The Infinity 10-speaker sound system is bassy and clear and was easy to use. The Genesis 3.8 GT features standard navigation; it is one of the easier OEM in-dash units I have used and did not get me lost as I explored the back roads around Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly Mosport).




About Mike

Mike Schlee is the Social Editor at Autos.ca and autoTRADER.ca. He began his professional automotive writing career in 2011 and has always had a passion for all things automotive, working in the industry since 2000.