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Hyundai Genesis

Down to two engines, more tech treats.

Hyundai’s Genesis is the real deal: a world-class rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan that’s not afraid to spar with the best that Lexus, Buick, and others have to offer. The two trim levels — 3.8 and 5.0 R-Spec — denote their respective engine displacements. Last year, Hyundai gave the sedan’s base 3.8-liter V-6 more power and better fuel economy and added the top-dog 5.0-liter V-8; not surprisingly, this year sees the deletion of the 4.6-liter V-8 from the powertrain lineup. The coupe version of the Genesis looks far different from the sedan and is equipped with either a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder or the sedan’s 3.8-liter V-6. The two-door was updated significantly for the 2013 model year, so it now has a lot more power than before, three more gears in the automatic transmission, a nicer interior, and revised looks. The makeover still isn’t enough to make the Genesis stand out against the fresh new Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S. Some say it’s a shameless amalgam of several premier upscale cars, but the Genesis — in both sport-coupe and luxury-sedan form — is nonetheless an impressive effort that’s worth a test drive. If you desire all-star, large-car luxury at a cut rate, you might consider ponying up for the newer Equus, but that car’s existence might conveniently help create some good deals on Genesis sedans.

COMPETITORS

Acura TL

Chrysler 300

Lexus GS

Lincoln MKS

new for 2013

The Genesis coupe gets plenty of updates for 2013, including a styling face-lift (with cool LED lights), significantly more powerful — and less thirsty — engines, and three more gears in the automatic transmission. The sedan’s top-of-the-line, eight-inch-screened navigation system has been enhanced, but the overall lineup is simpler this year, as the 4.6-liter V-8 has been dropped.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, front side, and side curtain air bags; active front head restraints; ABS; traction and stability control; electronic brake-force distribution; and tire-pressure monitors are standard. The Genesis sedan adds rear side air bags and an available lane-departure warning system.

High Mileage

MPG

CITY 16–21

HWY 25–31

PRO

Choice of coupe or sedan

Coupe refreshed for 2013

Underpriced, overdelivers

CON

R-Spec sedan not very sporty

Ride quality a step below competition’s

Base Price Range: $25,125–$47,500 (est.)

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: 3.8, 5.0 R-Spec (sedan); 2.0T, 2.0T R-Spec, 2.0T Premium, 3.8 R-Spec, 3.8 Grand Touring, 3.8 Track (coupe)

BODY STYLES: Sedan, coupe, 5-passenger

ENGINES: 2.0L turbo I-4, 274 hp, 275 lb-ft

3.8L V-6, 333/348 hp, 291/295 lb-ft

5.0L V-8, 429 hp, 376 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: (coupe/sedan) 88.8/109.4 cu ft

CARGO SPACE: (coupe/sedan) 10.0/15.9 cu ft

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