2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • V-6 power
  • Highway stability
  • Street handling
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Value for money

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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

2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Overview

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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.

Exterior
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)


Interior
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 ...

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.

Exterior
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)


Interior
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


Safety
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

Latest 2012 Genesis Coupe Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Exotic Car For The Average Person

by Bernie from West Milford, NJ on February 19, 2018

Before I bought this car, It was not the kind of car I thought I could afford. A true rear wheel drive sports car with many luxury features usually found only in higher end exotics. Quite fun to drive ... Read full review

(5.0)

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. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe currently has 1 recall

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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 Coupe 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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