Best Family Luxury Coupes: 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

November 11, 2010

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.


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.




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 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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