- Responsive V-6
- Cohesive look, inside and out
- Dynamically sharp, yet refined
- Cramped back seat
- Prices edging upward
- Slow automatic transmission
Forget the four-cylinder: the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe now puts its best foot forward as a V-6-only coupe.
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe first hit the scene just over six years ago, injecting a dose of welcome style and sport into the Hyundai brand. The car didn’t really hit its intended mark at first, but over the intervening years, Hyundai has honed the Genesis Coupe to sharpen and focus its mission.
As it stands, the 2015 Genesis Coupe remains a pretty bold move for Hyundai. It's Hyundai’s entrance into an area of the market that Japanese automakers had long since abandoned (rear-wheel-drive sport coupes); it also runs an interesting side game along the brand's strategy as a maker of practical, high-value crossovers and cars.
For 2015, Hyundai is dropping the turbo four models all together, while reshuffling and streamlining its V-6 offerings. The entry price goes up only slightly ($400) thanks to new base V-6 versions, available with either a manual or automatic transmission.
Visually, the Genesis Coupe covers some new ground for Hyundai while combining the brand's 'Fluidic Sculpture' look of recent years with a lot more aggression and extroversion. With its 2013 refresh, it got an injection of extra power and performance, as well as more bold face, better detailing, and more of a premium sports-car look inside.
The sole available engine, 3.8-liter direct-injected V-6 makes 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard, while Hyundai’s own eight-speed automatic is available and features rev-matched downshifting and steering-wheel paddle-shifters.
While it's still not quite the Mustang or Camaro competitor that it was intended to be, the Genesis Coupe is a pretty effective successor to older Japanese sports cars like the Toyota Supra or Nissan 240Z. Thankfully, very few of the driving characteristics from Hyundai's front-wheel-drive cars carry over into the Genesis Coupe. Shift action is clean and precise, clutch takeup is neat and, most importantly, the steering is a tried-and-true hydraulic system, tuned just right.
While the Genesis Coupe is a sports coupe first and foremost, it's still pretty impressive inside. It takes good care of front-seat occupants, and with a spacious trunk and a reasonably refined cabin experience—plus improved interior materials—it’s as good for long weekend hauls or the commute as it is for the racetrack. The exhaust note of the 3.8 is enhanced by a soundbox, giving it an appealing growl.
This year, in addition to losing all four-cylinder trims and gaining base V-6 versions, the Genesis Coupe's V-6 Grand Touring model is no longer available. The 2015 changes bring some feature updates as well: LED daytime running lights are now standard on all models, and the R-Spec model gets pushbutton start as well as automatic climate control.
Standard equipment includes LED daytime running lights, fog lamps, cruise control, an auto-dimming inside mirror, heated mirrors, Bluetooth, an iPod/USB interface, keyless entry, A/C, and a trip computer. Hyundai Assurance Connected Car telematics are now included for three years if you get BlueLink services on upper trims.
Step up to the R-Spec and you get a track-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels on summer tires, Brembo brakes, a Torsen limited-slip diff, as well as appearance extras.