Just for starters I will say this is the first “sporty” car that I have owned. Prior to the Genesis Coupe I had a ’95 Chevy Lumina (which was a piece of junk) and a ’03 Chevy Cavalier. I gave Chevy th...
Just for starters I will say this is the first “sporty” car that I have owned. Prior to the Genesis Coupe I had a ’95 Chevy Lumina (which was a piece of junk) and a ’03 Chevy Cavalier. I gave Chevy the opportunity to impress me with the re-released Camaro, but fell short in the driving experience (it felt like I was in a tank). I also looked at 370z, G37, and Mustang in the same price range, but the 370z would have only been the base for the same price of the Track version of the Genesis Coupe, the G37 had already been placed out of my price range and the Mustang… I want to be a little bit more unique than a Mustang.
After reading many reviews and test driving I went the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track w/ Auto Tran in Lime Rock Green.
I must say that you either love or hate the green and only certain cars can pull off this color, which this car does brilliantly. The lines of this car are great and with the red Brembo calipers seen through the 19” wheels make this car look even better. The cosmetic spoiler on the back gives this sporty car an even more aggressive look to it. One disappointing factor that is easily over looked the front badge that has been placed on a dark gray grill that is made out of plastic. It has the appearance to look a touch cheap, but doesn’t show too much next to the phenomenal look of this sports coupe.
The seats are surprisingly comfortable, but still offer the bolstering needed if you want to take that next turn a little faster than the car next to you. The front driver’s seat is powered and both front seats are heated and get toasty quick, which come in handy here in Cleveland. All four seats, steering wheel, and gear shift are wrapped in black leather which looks and feels first-class. On the steering wheel are the controls for the radio, Bluetooth phone connection and cruise control which allows you to keep both hands on the wheel where they belong and still gives you access to all the electronic features you need. The navigation system looks extremely nice seated in the center. Right above the navigation system is instant torque and MPG which is another nice touch. The only thing I would have liked to see different is the black plastic that is used on the interior. I can’t pin point what I would have preferred them using, but something with a little more quality would have been nice. The 2010 models use the brushed aluminum look for the buttons and controls for the electronics which in my opinion looks better than the black that they switched to for the new 2011s.
This sport coupe is a quick nimble mover. Give it some throttle and it will respond in kind with quick acceleration and an exhaust note to match. Take it around a corner at speed and it will keep flat and make you feel confident enough to do it again. Press down on the brake pedal and the Brembos will quickly bring you to a stop. The ride is a little stiff as to be expected out of a sports coupe, but not so stiff that you will want soak your butt in ice after every drive (granted I bought mine used w/ 500 miles on it and I think it was returned because the ‘wife’ it was bought for didn’t enjoy the stiff suspension). I am very impressed with this car and with 306hp with regular gas, how can you go wrong.
Yes, you can go out and find a faster, higher performing car, but bang for your buck, it is difficult to over look the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The Koreans have really got this car right and are giving those looking at the Nissan 307z and Infiniti G37 an option of a more affordable sports coupe and those who don’t care for the new ‘retro’ cars and option to speed by them with.