2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review
Automotive journalists report that the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has true sports-car DNA, but its performance lacks the punch of rival sports cars.
If you’re looking for an affordable sports car with attractive styling and plenty of standard features, the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe may meet many of your needs. Reviewers frequently compare this Hyundai with the Infiniti G37 coupe, and on paper, the Genesis comes close to matching the Infiniti’s attributes. Both are rear-wheel drive, and when equipped with its optional V6, the Genesis Coupe is almost as powerful as the G37. Although the Genesis Coupe looks like a winning formula in the lab, reviewers feel differently when they take it for a spin.
The Genesis Coupe certainly performs like an affordable sports car, but most test drivers agree that from a performance standpoint, Hyundai trails rivals. The interior also has some tradeoffs. Most test drivers like the functional dash layout and standard tech features, but some comment that the interior uses some cheap plastics and that headroom for back seat passengers is in short supply.
If you can live with these minor quirks, the 2012 Genesis Coupe is still a good value. Only the Mitsubishi Eclipse can match Hyundai’s lengthy powertrain warranty, and most critics note that the Genesis Coupe offers style and performance at an affordable price. Consumer Guide writes, “The Genesis Coupe deserves consideration as a well-rounded machine that strikes a solid balance among acceleration, affordability, ride comfort, and handling.”
Other Cars to Consider
If you like the Genesis Coupe’s rear-wheel drive platform, but prefer nimbler handling and a convertible top, consider the Mazda Miata. You’ll give up some trunk space and a back seat with the Miata, but reviewers say that it’s a perennial favorite for its fun driving dynamics and quality interior.
However, if the Miata doesn’t have enough interior space, consider a muscle car like the Ford Mustang. The Mustang’s base engine offers just as much power as the Genesis Coupe’s optional V6, but for significantly less money. The Mustang also has comparable passenger room and a larger trunk, but you’ll have to spring for tech features like Bluetooth and USB connections, which come standard on the Genesis Coupe.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe: The Details
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is available with either a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a more-powerful V6. Five trims are available: base, R-Spec, Premium, Grand Touring and Track.
While both the Genesis sedan and the Genesis Coupe share the same model name, the two models have little in common. Both are rear-wheel drive, but the Genesis Coupe is smaller. It also features different interior and exterior styling, as well as unique engine and transmission options.
The Genesis Coupe sees no changes for the 2012 model year. See the full 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe specifications.
- "Feels like a cut-rate and less refined Nissan 370Z or Infiniti G37." -- Car and Driver
- "Hyundai touts the 2.0T R-Spec as ‘the ultimate upgradeable, affordable, turbocharged rear-wheel-drive performance platform.’ Even if the R-Spec's flaws are addressed by throwing aftermarket upgrades at the engine and suspension, buyers will just be spending more money to match competition that already does cheap speed better." -- Cars.com
- "Hats off to Hyundai for creating such cool car." -- MSN
- "Overall, the Genesis coupe looks like a solid commuter car for those looking to spice up their daily drives." -- AutoWeek