2013 Hyundai Genesis Review
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis offers a spacious interior and a powerful engine at a low base price, but some critics say that its interior lacks the upscale feel of other cars in the class.
The Genesis is powered by a V6 engine, which critics say provides plenty of power. A more powerful V8 engine is available, and test drivers say that while most shoppers will be happy with the base engine, the V8 makes the Genesis exceptionally quick. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models, and auto writers agree that it shifts quickly and smoothly. When it comes to safety and reliability, the Hyundai Genesis also earns some of the best scores in the class. The base Genesis gets 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to other V6-powered cars in the class. Many test drivers say that the 2013 Genesis handles well for a large luxury car, however some note that the ride can become unsettled on bumpy roads, and that the steering could provide more road feel.
Auto writers say that the Hyundai Genesis features an attractively designed cabin with comfortable front and rear seats. However, a few test drivers note that some interior materials aren’t as nice as they would like. On the upside, the trunk is one of the largest in the class, and most reviewers say that the Genesis’ tech features are easy to use. The 2013 Hyundai Genesis comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start and a seven-speaker stereo with Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port. Options and features available on higher trims include a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, navigation, power-folding side mirrors, a backup camera and 14- or 17-speaker Lexicon sound systems.
- "Hyundai's Genesis delivers premium interior furnishings, high-end features, and impressive powertrain performance without the price tag associated with most premium-large cars." -- Consumer Guide
- "It offers the power, technology and comfort of established luxury sedans from Germany and Japan, yet significantly undercuts those vehicles in terms of price." -- Edmunds
- "Matched up feature-for-feature against luxury-brand sedans of similar size, the Genesis is an astonishing bargain." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Cars to Consider
The BMW 528i earns great safety scores, just like the Genesis, and reviewers love its functional, high-quality interior. Although the 528i isn’t as powerful as the Genesis, it gets significantly better fuel economy and is available with all-wheel drive.
The Infiniti M is available with powerful V6 and V8 engines, just like the Genesis, and reviewers praise the M for its athletic handling and user-friendly tech features. Like the 528i, the M is also available with all-wheel drive and performs well in crash tests.
Details: 2013 Hyundai Genesis
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis seats five and has rear-wheel drive. Two trims are available: 3.8 and 5.0 R-Spec. Genesis 3.8 models are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine, while the 5.0 R-Spec gets a more powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine, as well as some additional interior features. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models. For 2013, Hyundai has eliminated the 4.6 and 5.0 trims, revised the optional Ultimate navigation system and made its Blue Link telematics system available. Aside from these updates, the Hyundai Genesis rolls into 2013 basically unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2009 through 2012, as well as the current model year.