Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe occupies a unique position in that it performs dual duty as a value-oriented sports car and as a touring coupe. This rear-wheel drive model seats four, but just like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, its rear seat is cramped and best converted into storage space.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe starts at $26,950 (plus an $895 destination charge) for the standard 3.8 model. All models are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine making 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission or to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting capabilities and downshift rev-matching. A 3.8 R-Spec model starts at $29,900 and a 3.8 Ultimate edition costs $33,750. A top-of-the-line model outfitted with an automatic transmission is priced just under $36,000.

Standard equipment for the model tested included:

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Fog lamps
  • Eighteen-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Keyless entry with push button start
  • Automatic climate control
  • Six-inch color display audio system

Performance Pros

Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  • Our testers raved about the Genesis Coupe’s potent V6 engine, praising its “nicely tuned growl,” one that’s not overbearing even as it is always apparent.
  • When equipped with a manual transmission, the Genesis Coupe shifts with precision and clutch take-up is clean.
  • You will find very little that is similar in the driving relationship between the Genesis Coupe and Hyundai’s front-wheel drive models—and that is a good thing. Our testers lauded the coupe’s hydraulic power steering system.

Performance Cons

The automatic models come with rev-matched downshifting and paddle shifters, but our testers found the transmission sluggish when operated automatically, particularly in throttle response and downshift responsiveness.

Interior Pros

Hyundai Genesis Coupe Interior
  • The front seats are comfortable and sporty with generous side bolsters present. The seats match well with the model at hand.
  • Upgrading to the Ultimate level brings in a power sliding driver's seat with power lumbar support, touchscreen navigation, and a 10-peaker audio system. Aluminum pedals are part of the package too.

Interior Cons

  • The rear seat is designed to hold two people, but legroom is negligible and headroom is poor. The back compartment is better served by folding the seat and extending the cargo compartment’s 10 cubic feet of space.
  • Factory options are non-existent with the coupe. The only upgrade apart from the trim levels is the automatic transmission. Customizing this model means turning to aftermarket suppliers to find what you want.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Choose the R-Spec package and this model features a track-tuned suspension, summer tires and 19-inch sport wheels, Brembo brakes, and a Torsen limited-slip differential. You will want to choose this trim if you are serious about your track time.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The turbocharged four-cylinder engine was discontinued in 2014. That seems ironic as the latest-generation Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro now offer these choices. All trim levels are EPA-rated at just 19 mpg in combined driving.

The Bottom Line

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The model now known as the Genesis Coupe will soon be renamed, as Hyundai separates its upscale models from its main products under the Genesis marque. The current coupe, now in its second generation, straddles the line between mainstream and premium models, delivering a thoroughly potent package at a competitive price. The six-speed gearbox is a fan favorite and aptly demonstrates this model’s performance credentials.