2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe vs. Its Competition

2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2-door 3.8L Auto Grand Touring w/Brn Lth Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The competitive set for the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe really runs the gamut, spanning from budget tuner specials up to sophisticated luxury coupes.

At the low end of the price spectrum is the front-wheel-drive Scion tC, which was redesigned last year and prioritizes looks over performance.

The Honda Accord Coupe is a good-looking front-driver, with sporty handling and good fuel economy, but it's not nearly as sporty as the Genesis Coupe.

American muscle like the Ford Mustang V-6 and Chevrolet Camaro V-6 hit the heart of the Genesis Coupe market, and in terms of features for the money, these three models are actually now quite close.

The Hyundai's 2.0T engine is a four-cylinder, but it's not much better in gas mileage than either of the pony cars.

The Nissan 370Z might be considered an alternative by some, but it's a different kind of beast--quite cramped, and too harsh for the daily commute by most standards.

Meanwhile, at the high end of the Genesis Coupe's class is the Infiniti G37; in terms of price and prestige, it's far off; but take a close look at the Hyundai's interior detailing and refinement and it's surprisingly close.

2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2-door 3.8L Auto Grand Touring w/Brn Lth Angular Front Exterior View2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one of the best performance-car values, with several models fitting the needs of either daily commuters of track-day enthusiasts.
The 2012 Chevy Camaro isn't practical, but it's stunning to look at and offers scorching performance--even without the ZL1 package.
The 2012 Ford Mustang doles out all the tire-smoking pony-car thrills, but it's also grown to become quite a sophisticated car.
Though the 2012 Honda Accord now has one of the more dated four-door sedan designs--and Bluetooth connectivity remains hard to get--its comfortable interior and perky, refined performance hit the sweet spot for families.
A sexy, lavishly equipped luxury car, the 2012 Infiniti G37 Coupe has much of the vaunted performance feel of its primary German target.
The 2012 Scion tC is starting to develop an interesting personality, though it's still not very fast or exceptionally nimble.
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17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4
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2-Door I4 2.0T Manual2-Door Coupe 1LS2-Door Coupe V64-Door I4 Manual LX2-Door Base RWD2-Door HB Manual (GS)
Rear Wheel driveRear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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2 Door CoupeCoupe2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe3 Door Hatchback
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