2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a sports coupe first and foremost, but it does take cars of front-seat occupants remarkably well; 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.

That said, the Genesis Coupe is still a low-profile two-door, with the back seat seemingly designed in as an afterthought. While it’s a bit easier to get back there than in some other coupes, thanks to a useful mechanism and long doors, it’s strictly kids’ territory, as adults will likely have issues with headroom even if they can splay their legs to the side and get in.

Front-seat occupants will have no problem getting comfortable. Taller drivers will want to set the height-adjustable seats (power for the driver on upper trims) to their lowest position, given the rather low roofline, but once there this 6’-6” editor had enough additional space to wear a racing helmet—especially comfortably on non-sunroof cars. You can now also adjust the steering telescopically—a feature that was lacking, and certainly a comfort-related issue, in last year's model. Seats could use a little more side bolstering, but they’re likely proportioned the way they are to accommodate wider hips as well.

The 2013 Genesis Coupe's mission is performance, but its cabin offers much more comfort than its low coupe profile and boy-racer exhaust note might suggest.

The Genesis Coupe’s suspension improvements for this year, incorporating a new damper design as well as slightly smaller stabilizer bars for some models, also should help ride quality, especially when cornering over rough surfaces. Overall, the Genesis Coupe handles rough pavement surfaces a bit better than some other performance coupes like the Infiniti G37 Coupe or Nissan 370Z, with less humming and booming in the cabin. In four-cylinder cars, the engine is quite isolated from the cabin, except when you’re accelerating hard; because of a new soundbox system, which pipes engine sound into the cabin in V-6 models, these models have a more strident note inside when accelerating, yet they’re relatively quiet when cruising.

Surfaces have been upgraded somewhat, with a new piano-black surface used throughout the redesigned dash, and Hyundai has fitted a stitched soft pad over the top of the instrument panel.

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