New 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Styling
The Genesis coupe shares its skeleton with the Genesis sedan, but everything else from the engine to the exterior is different. The Genesis coupe benefits from a true sports car design that is refined and sporty all at once. Inside, a similar balance can be found within the cockpit. Though the car technically seats four, the rear seat is just as minuscule as those found on more well-known sports cars.
Entire fit and finish for the vehicle is superb - a fact that may be confusing given the low entry fee. In terms of features, the base model comes standard with air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, full power accessories, Bluetooth, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker stereo with USB and MP3 player connectivity. The ability to choose from no less than six upgrade trims allows you to add such options as a sunroof, keyless ignition, sport brakes, upgrade suspension and leather upholstery.
If you're in the market for a vehicle with cargo room, then you're shopping in the wrong vehicle class. The Genesis coupe comes with 10 cubic feet of storage space, which is pretty standard for a sports car.
New 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Performance
Base 2.0T Genesis coupes come outfitted with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that zips along with 210 horsepower and 223 lb-ft. of torque. Looking at the vehicle's competition, this is a pretty impressive starting point. Add in the fact that the four-cylinder sips gas better than almost every other sports car on the road, and those who want to drive fast while still appeasing their predilections for practicality can find a good compromise here. At its best, the Genesis Coupe earns 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway (24 mpg combined).
If practicality isn't an issue for you, then you might want to step up to the 3.8-liter V6 engine, which offers a pulse-pounding 306 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque. Though not as fast off the line as some competitors (Nissan 370Z, Mazda RX-8, etc.) the Genesis V6 is exceptionally fast considering the $25,000 base MSRP. Fuel efficiency for the upper-tier engine comes in at 17 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway (21 mpg combined).
New 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Safety
The Hyundai Genesis coupe comes standard with anti-lock brakes, brake assist, stability control, traction control and six airbags. In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Genesis Coupe earned five out of five stars in all but one category tested (four stars in frontal passenger tests).
New 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Pricing
The new 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one of only a handful of sports cars that start in the low $20s. Other affordable options worth considering include the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Mitsubishi Eclipse. If you want more power, then a Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang GT may also be worth a test drive.