2013 Hyundai Genesis

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    18-22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    333-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • RWD dynamics
  • Front- and rear-seat comfort, space
  • Detailed, high-quality interior
  • Braking response

The Bad

  • Tilt-only steering wheel standard
  • Backseat doesn't fold
  • No AWD option

Notable Features of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis

  • Newly available Blue Link telematics system
  • Available 8-inch screen with revised interfaces
  • 333-hp V-6 or 429-hp V-8
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Eight airbags

2013 Hyundai Genesis Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Hyundai's Genesis full-size sedan aims at established luxury cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class with its rear-wheel-drive layout, available V-8 power and upscale features. Other primary competitors include the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe, a sport-oriented rear-drive car, is covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2013
The 4.6-liter V-8 engine is no longer available, leaving a 333-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 or a 429-hp, 5.0-liter V-8. The available 8-inch screen features revised interfaces and new layouts for the navigation system, and Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system is now available.
Exterior
The Genesis doesn't break new ground with its exterior styling, but it manages to look upscale, if a bit conservative. The Genesis has a wide opening in the lower front bumper and headlights with LEDs (on R-Spec models, the headlights have dark chrome accents). Exterior features include:

  • 17-, 18- or 19-inch wheels available
  • Standard heated side mirrors
  • Standard fog lights
  • Available adaptive headlights that swivel in the direction of turns
  • Available power moonroof

Interior
The influence of the luxury segment can be seen in the Genesis' cabin, as the middle of the dash bulges outward like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Hyundai has picked up on the German luxury brands' fascination with integrated control knobs with a system that's used to operate an avai...

Vehicle Overview

Hyundai's Genesis full-size sedan aims at established luxury cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class with its rear-wheel-drive layout, available V-8 power and upscale features. Other primary competitors include the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe, a sport-oriented rear-drive car, is covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2013
The 4.6-liter V-8 engine is no longer available, leaving a 333-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 or a 429-hp, 5.0-liter V-8. The available 8-inch screen features revised interfaces and new layouts for the navigation system, and Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system is now available.
Exterior
The Genesis doesn't break new ground with its exterior styling, but it manages to look upscale, if a bit conservative. The Genesis has a wide opening in the lower front bumper and headlights with LEDs (on R-Spec models, the headlights have dark chrome accents). Exterior features include:

  • 17-, 18- or 19-inch wheels available
  • Standard heated side mirrors
  • Standard fog lights
  • Available adaptive headlights that swivel in the direction of turns
  • Available power moonroof

Interior
The influence of the luxury segment can be seen in the Genesis' cabin, as the middle of the dash bulges outward like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Hyundai has picked up on the German luxury brands' fascination with integrated control knobs with a system that's used to operate an available navigation system. Interior features include:

  • Standard Bluetooth cellphone connectivity
  • Standard USB input
  • Standard leather upholstery and heated front seats
  • Optional Lexicon premium stereo
  • Optional cooled driver's seat
  • Optional heated rear seats
  • Optional leather dashboard
  • Optional power sunshade

Under the Hood
Buyers have a choice of a V-6 or V-8 engine. The Genesis has rear-wheel drive, and all of the engines team with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • 333-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 that makes 291 pounds-feet of torque
  • 429-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 376 pounds-feet of torque on premium gas
  • 5.0 R-Spec adds larger front and rear stabilizer bars and special 19-inch alloy wheels

Safety
Standard features include:

  • Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front and rear seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Front active head restraints
  • Optional front and rear parking sensors, backup camera and lane departure warning

 


Latest 2013 Genesis Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great Running fast

by Mack 5 from PALMDALE, Ca on May 20, 2018

Very fast luxury sound system can be better but overall it's my first Genesis and I'm impressed for a five year old car. The only thing that bothers me is the sound system doesn't show my music on my ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car i have owned.

by Jr?engo from lancaster on March 13, 2018

Fuel economy, plenty front legs room, excellent performance, all what i wanted in a car. As the old saying, is so much car for less money. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Hyundai Genesis 3.8

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Genesis received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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