2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: Video Road Test and Review

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a two-door compact sports car that is affordable, fun to drive and available with six intriguing performance-oriented trim levels that can transform it into a viable track day warrior right out of the box. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe also features electronic stability control, seat-mounted side airbags up front, forward airbags and side curtain airbags that protect all passengers in the event of an accident, making it quite safe despite its small size.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe debuts in 2.0T trim (MSRP $24,250) which offers a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that develops 274 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for this engine is rated at 21-mpg city and 30-mpg highway. Fans of spirited driving will want to stick with the 2.0T's standard six-speed manual transmission, although an eight-speed automatic is available as an option. Power windows and door locks, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio are all included with this entry-level edition of the Coupe.

Moving up to the 2.0T R-Spec (MSRP $26,500) offers an experience that is somewhat stripped down in terms of convenience features but which gains upgraded Brembo brakes, larger 19-inch rims, grippier rubber and a stiffer suspension system. A limited-slip differential is also offered with this model, helping it put its turbocharged power down with a minimum of wheel spin. The top-of-the-line four-cylinder trim level is the 2.0T Premium (MSRP $28,750), and it swaps out track gear for luxury items such as automatic climate control, power adjustments for the driver's seat, a navigation system, a sunroof, upgraded audio and Hyundai's BlueLink telematics system. The eight-speed auto tranny becomes standard with this model.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec (MSRP $28,750) matches the price of the 2.0T premium while bringing a 348 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 to that table. Also capable of generating 295 lb-ft of torque, this mill returns fuel mileage numbers of 18-mpg city and 28-mpg highway. The 3.8 R-Spec comes exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission and matches the 2.0T R-Spec in terms of equipment. The most plush edition of the Genesis Coupe is the 3.8 Grand Touring (MSRP $32,000), featuring an eight-speed automatic (standard), heated leather seats, parking sensors, heated mirrors and all of the luxury goodies offered by the 2.0T Premium model. The 3.8 Track trim (MSRP $33,000) can be had with either transmission choice and offers the go-fast gear from the R-Spec with premium features such as HID headlights.

A list of cars similar to the Genesis Coupe include the 2012 Scion FR-S, 2012 Subaru BRZ and 2013 Ford Mustang.

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