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  • (4.6) 15 reviews
  • MSRP: $8,486–$17,374
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 21-25
  • Engine: 210-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

What We Don't Like

  • Buzzy turbo four-cylinder
  • Uninspiring shifter (manual transmission)
  • Ride quality on rutted roads (Track models)

Notable Features

  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Turbo four-cylinder or V-6
  • Seating for four
  • 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Positioned as an affordable sports car, the rear-wheel-drive Genesis coupe is in a price class with the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Nissan 370Z. Like Hyundai's upscale Genesis sedan, however, Hyundai hopes the four-seat coupe will go toe-to-toe with the Infiniti G37 coupe, one of the benchmarks used during the car's development.

The coupe comes in two basic models, each named for its 2.0- and 3.8-liter engines, in three trim levels apiece. The base turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is the 2.0T, and there are pricier 2.0T Premium and 2.0T R-Spec versions. Models with the 3.8-liter V-6 are the 3.8 R-Spec, the 3.8 Grand Touring and 3.8 Track.
The tuner-focused R-Spec models have the operative Track components and lower prices but fewer features.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

The coupe has sleek lines, and the projector-beam headlights flank a small upper grille that's marked with the Hyundai badge, unlike the Genesis sedan. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 19-inch alloy wheels (R-Spec, Track)
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights (3.8 Track)
  • Red Brembo-brand brake calipers (R-Spec, Track)

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. 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. Interior features include:

  • Standard remote keyless entry
  • Standard Bluetooth, iPod connectivity
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Available automatic climate control
  • Available touch-screen navigation system

Under the Hood
The Genesis coupe's base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 210 horsepower. A 306-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 is available. Hyundai claims a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 6 seconds. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Available five- or six-speed automatic with steering-wheel shift paddles
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • Available track-tuned suspension

Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard, and the Track replaces the lesser trim levels' single-piston brake calipers with four-piston Brembo-brand calipers and larger rotors. Rear parking sensors are optional. Standard safety features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes with brake assist
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front seat head restraints

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 15 reviews

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Nice looking car, and fun to drive!

by gabj86 from Durham, NC on November 13, 2017

The car had no problems during the 6 years I owned it. The only con is the reduced space in the rear seat.

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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Safety Ratings

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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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