Ride & Handling
One of my biggest gripes with the previous Genesis Coupe was how squirrely it handled with electronic stability control turned off, and how intrusive the stability system was when activated. It was a lose-lose situation, even with the R-Spec's upgraded suspension. I'd gladly take the 2013 2.0T Premium I tested over the old 2.0T R-Spec, as the 2013 is more refined and predictable. The car tracks cleaner through corners, where previously the rear end would swing out.
It's definitely an improvement over the previous Genesis Coupe, but how about the natural comparison with the similarly priced FR-S? Honestly, there is no comparison. The FR-S is a sports car with handling balance and precision unmatched by any other coupe, including the Genesis Coupe. Sure, the 2.0T is faster in a straight line, but as an overall handling package, the heavier Genesis Coupe can't compete.
I drove a 3.8 R-Spec and Subaru BRZ around the Road America racetrack, where the BRZ quickly ran out of steam on the straightaways but felt worlds more composed than the Hyundai when braking and cornering. Still, the 2013 Genesis Coupe is an improvement over the previous model year, and stability control doesn't cut into the driving experience like the old version did around the same track.
The front got the most attention for 2013, with a similar face as you'll find on other Hyundai cars. The new look, with wide-mouth front styling, is welcome; the original coupe's styling was already growing old after only a few model years. Compared with the 2012, the 2013's front styling, with LED running lamps, is vastly different and took a few days to grow on me. The whole car now looks freshened, even though all that's changed is the front styling and the addition of a few highlights, including heat extractor "cues" on the hood — meaning they're non-functional. They do look good, however.
The Genesis Coupe hasn't been crash-tested. Standard safety features include front, side-impact and side curtain airbags, as well as active front head restraints. See how well child-safety seats fit in the Genesis Coupe here.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe in the Market
There's no questioning the 2013 Genesis Coupe 2.0T is an improvement over the 2012. At $25,125, including destination, it's $2,000 more than the outgoing 2012 model. It's a nice coupe with more bang for your buck versus the outgoing model, but it's not a great coupe because of that pesky engine's raucousness — also because the FR-S and BRZ are more dedicated sports cars at the same price. Unfortunately, the more-refined V-6 is a big price jump, going for $29,625 for a stripped R-Spec model or $32,875 for the next step up, the Grand Touring.