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Best Family Luxury Coupes: 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe


2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe


We’re not done yet. Continuing in our week-long series on the best family luxury coupes, today we look more in-depth at the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Words like solid, sexy, performance and affordable apply equally well to the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Many reviewers hail its attractive exterior design, sharp handling, livable ride quality, brisk performance, good value and safety ratings. Some consumers in search of an additional family car that offers sporty performance cross-shop the Hyundai Genesis Coupe with the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, both muscle cars. But for those who like softer styling – not the in-your-face aggressiveness of Camaro and Mustang – but still yearn for a sporty ride, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe may be the answer.

For 2011, the rear-wheel drive (RWD) Hyundai Genesis Coupe has six trim levels: 2.0T, new 2.0T R-Spec, 2.0T Premium, 3.8 R-Spec, 3.8 Grand Touring and 3.8 Track.  Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail prices range from $22,750 for 2.0T to $30,750 for 3.8 Track.

While The Car Connection has not yet written a review of the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, editors have given the luxury coupe an 8.0 (out of 10) overall rating.

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Performance and Fuel Economy

Power for the 2011 RWD Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes from either a turbocharged and intercooled 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine with dual continuously variable valve timing (in 2.0T models) or a 3.8-liter V-6 (in 3.8 models), also with dual continuously variable valve timing and a variable intake system. The four-cylinder delivers 210 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque, while the V-6 pumps out 306 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. For the 2.0T, Hyundai offers either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic with manual shift control. The R-Spec only has manual transmission, and Premium is only available with automatic. For 3.8 models, consumers can get the manual or optional ZF six-speed automatic, also with manual shift control.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2.0T is 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway (manual) and 20 mpg city/30 mpg highway (automatic). V-6 models are rated at 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway (manual) and 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway (automatic).

Buyers looking for a bit more performance (without paying track-performance prices) may opt for 3.8 R-Spec. This is essentially a decontented 3.8 Track and comes with upgraded suspension and brake components.

Track and R-Spec models have track-tuned spring, damper and stabilizer bar settings to tempt the enthusiast driver. In addition, these two models feature higher performance Brembo brakes, Torsen limited-slip differential (for better acceleration/control out of tight corners) and performance tires on 19-inch alloy wheels.


 

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Technology

Technology is seamlessly integrated into the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Standard audio system is an AM/FM/CD player with XM Satellite Radio, iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks. Step up to the optional Infinity audio system and you get premium speakers, external amplifier and subwoofer. Bluetooth wireless connectivity, keyless entry and trip computer are also standard.

Navigation system with touchscreen and XM with NavTraffic (90-day free trial) is optional on 2.0T and standard on 3.8 Grand Touring and Track.

Safety

Safety features standard on the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe include four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control, traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, tire pressure monitoring system, and six airbags (front, front-side, and front-side curtain).


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  1. ManlyAuto, thanks for the question. The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe may be the right vehicle for some small families -- perhaps those with younger children, definitely for parents with kids gone to college, or for a second vehicle for one parent, or as a main vehicle for a retired couple. Actually, there are all kinds of reasons why Genesis Coupe could be right for some families. But certainly not for many. If you have kids and a lot of stuff to haul, you'd really need a larger sedan, CUV, SUV or minivan.
     
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  2. I really like the Hyundai but I must admit, I prefer the range of city cars which Alfa Romeo has available. They just seem like there is more room in them. Apart from the Spider models obviously. What do you think Suzanne have you had the chance to see the Alfa models?
     
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