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Cars.com experts walk you through the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe and its important new features.
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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review
Hi, I’m Kelsey Mays for Cars.com and we’re at the New York Auto Show. That is Hyundai Genesis Sedan introduced earlier this year. This is a Hyundai Genesis Coupe introduced at this show. Already you can see that there aren’t a lot of differences between the two. It shows the same rear wheel drive chassis while the Sedan is a V8 Lexus fighter. The coupe is what Hyundai calls a new attainable benchmark in 300 horse power two door cars.
To that end, the coupe offers two different engines. There’s a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes about 212 horse power, the 3.8 liter V6 makes 306 horse power. That’s big league numbers in the neighborhood of the Nissan 350 Z or even an Infiniti G37. With premium feel, Hyundai says both engines will make a little bit more power as well. Now along the sides the Genesis has some of the lines that the current Tiburon Coupe which is Hyundai’s front wheel drives sporty car.
We’d like the headlights and the taillights. They remind us of much more expensive cars like the G37. One down market thing is sort of the front grille and the lower air dam, they’re just all black, they look a little bit plain to us. The wheels definitely don’t look plain. These are 19-inch twin spoke wheels, they’ve got this sort of smoke out design, you can see the Brembo brake calipers underneath. That’s definitely a very sporty up market look.
Now hop it in you’ll definitely find a pretty respectful interior. These bucket seats definitely fit your form, they’ve got sort of prominent side bolsters but they don’t really lock you in too much, so you don’t feel too confined. The quality of the buttons here along the windows switches the buttons along the steering wheel, very nice, very high quality. Fit and finish is good as well. The steering wheel closes out very good, the same with the glove compartment. You notice where it closes out there, no gaps at all.
A couple of things we aren’t crazy about the fact that the center controls have a lot of silver plastic along them and some other cars have this in the sunlight sometimes, these controls can get really washed out. Now this car comes with a stick or an automatic. This car has the manual. It has the short confident throws, that’s pretty promising. Another promising feature is, some of the high end features here. You’ve got one touch power up and down windows and a one touch open and shutting sunroof, that’s nice.
Another nice thing is the woven headliner, pretty high quality details here. This is definitely the Hyundai we’ve come to know and like in the last couple of years. Not the Hyundai that you’ve probably remember from the 1990s.
Now in parts and materials Hyundai compares to Genesis to various front wheel drive support coups, all the way up to rear wheel drive cars like the G37. What makes you break that argument is how this car drives. We don’t know yet but we’ll be sure to let you know once we find out. For additional information on this car or any other, go to Cars.com and our blog, Kicking Tires.