2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

182.3” x 54.5”


Rear-wheel drive



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)

6 trims

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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 review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews


Way undervalued for what you get

Bought this car new in 2012. Had zero issues with it until around 150k miles when the turbo started having some issues, the seal blew. And the master cylinder went out around earlier around 80k, had to replace again later around 170k. I think we read there was a recall on the manufacturer's original brake fluid that was eventually eating though seals which caused that issue. All in all, it'sbbeen an amazing and fun vehicle. Currently pushing 200k miles and still doing good


Very fun and fast. Reliable car.

I personally loved the car and it was fun, i would definitely recommend it! It has a lot of potential and nothing is wrong with it.


Very reliable and very fun to drive

It’s kind of fun car to drive. All the control the rate at my fingertips. I’m a small guy and I fit in my car very comfortable plenty of legroom also which is surprisingly it had a very good size trunk. Despite what anyone my think you can drive this car in the winter snow.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Hyundai
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
84 months/unlimited distance
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 80,000 miles; less than 7 years old (currently MY18- MY24)
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of the 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
10-Yr/100K-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Dealer certification required
173-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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