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in 2012 Affordable Sports Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $16,009 - $21,137
Original MSRP: $22,250 - $32,250
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Interior

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The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe’s standard tech features and a functional dash layout win high marks from test drivers. However, they say it comes up short with some cheap interior materials and limited rear-seat headroom.

  • "The Genesis Coupe's interior is notably downmarket from its luxury-oriented sedan sibling. The cabin is well-assembled, if a bit dull for overall appearance." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Inside the car, the driver has access to a great layout of controls, and the seats are supportive." -- MSN 

Seating

The 2012 Genesis Coupe seats four people. While reviewers find its front seats comfortable, some assert that the rear seat lacks adequate headroom for adults. Shoppers interested in back seat room should check out the Dodge Challenger, which has seating for five and the most spacious back seat among affordable sports cars.

  • "Space is adequate overall, though tall drivers might wish for a bit more headroom, especially on models equipped with the sunroof. The seats are comfortable and supportive, with good bolstering. The seating position is quite low-slung, forcing a deep drop into the seats. The steering column tilts but is not telescopic, making it difficult for some drivers to tailor an ideal position." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The Genesis coupe has ‘2+2’ seating, which means two front seats and two small rear seats that are best left for children or parcels." -- Cars.com 
  • "The smooth styling imposes a big penalty for back-seat passengers, however; the angle of the rear glass made it painful to try to bend my neck and fit my average frame in the rear seat." -- MSN 
  • "The seats feel comfortable and supportive with good side bolstering." -- Road and Track
  • "Perforated leather seats keep occupants from slipping around, while large side bolsters hold them in place in aggressive motoring. But those who designed the front seats misjudged the human body's ability to withstand one-size-fits-all headrests that poke most in the neck or melon rather than rest along the neck between shoulders and head." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "There's enough legroom in back for six-footers, but the coupe's raked roofline means their noggins will be firmly planted against the hard rear glass." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

The 2012 Genesis Coupe earns praise for its clear gauges, well-placed controls and standard tech features such as Bluetooth and a USB port. Still, test drivers note that you shouldn’t expect the opulent surroundings of the Genesis sedan. They say that the interior uses some cheaper materials such as hard plastic trim.

  • "Some cheapness inside." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Shrouded gauges have clear white-on-black markings and are easy to see. Audio and climate controls are large, clearly labeled, and well-placed." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Though it's not as luxurious as the Genesis sedan, the Genesis coupe has comparable blue-backlit gauges, pleasant materials and upscale touches, like a leather-wrapped shift knob and a steering wheel with audio and cruise-control buttons." -- Cars.com 

Cargo

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has 10 cubic feet of cargo space, which is about average for the class. If you need more trunk space, consider the Mitsubishi Eclipse or Dodge Challenger, which have 15.7 and 16.2 cubic feet for cargo, respectively.

  • "Trunk space is adequate, once you get past the small aperture and shallow floor. The rear-seat cargo pass-through doesn't help much. In-cabin small-items storage is average for the class." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The trunk's high load floor and the one-piece folding rear seat's small pass-through limit cargo-carrying versatility." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Trunk space is adequate, but the opening is not very big. A lever in the trunk releases the rear seat back, but you have to lower it from inside the cabin to gain cargo space. No matter for that inconvenience; the tiny gap between trunk and cabin limits utility to golf clubs." -- Chicago Tribune

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