In 2010, Hyundai launched their rear-wheel drive Genesis lineup, featuring a sporty coupe and a premium sedan. The new vehicles offered a consumer-friendly combination of high-end specs and a lower price than the competition. Genesis marked a turning point for the Korean carmaker, whose brand profile has continued to rise ever since.

For 2013, Hyundai took their Genesis Coupe a step further, offering upgraded performance, new exterior styling and additional tech features. For our review, we drove the 2013 Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track featuring a 3.8 liter V6, which produces 348 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This is Hyundai's top trim level on their Genesis Coupe, with a price as tested of $35,265.

Our 3.8 Track test vehicle came with an 8-speed automatic transmission and shiftronic paddle shifters. The automatic transmission is new for 2013 and actually outperforms the available 6-speed manual in terms of fuel economy, achieving an EPA estimated 18 city / 28 highway miles per gallon.

The Genesis Coupe is also available in a more economical package. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T starts at $24,250 and is powered by a 2 liter turbocharged 4-cyllinder engine that results in an EPA estimated 20 city / 31 highway miles per gallon. But what the smaller engine gains in fuel economy, it loses in performance, producing a more modest 274 horsepower.

There is plenty to like for driving enthusiasts, like powerful Brembo brakes, a track-friendly limited-slip differential and sport-tuned suspension. Despite the its aggressive character, the Genesis Coupe remains a comfortable commuter, with convenience and technology features like Hyundai BlueLink.

That said, the Genesis Coupe is not for everyone. The sloping C-pillar makes the cramped backseat virtually unusable for any adult-sized passengers.

You can read a full transcription of the video review below.

I'm Adam Morath for AOL Autos. In 2010, Hyundai launched their rear-wheel drive Genesis lineup. It featured a sporty coupe and a premium sedan. The idea was to offer the same specs and features as the competition, but at a lower price point. For 2013, they upped the ante.

Today we're driving the 2013 Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track. This is Hyundai's top trim level on their Genesis Coupe, with a price as tested of about $35,000. That's not cheap, but about $5000 less than a base Infiniti G37 coupe.

The 3.8 Track is powered by a 3.8 liter V6, which makes 348 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. For 2013, Hyundai added direct-injection to its V6 engines, which increases power output by 42 horsepower and 29 lb-ft of torque.

The Genesis Coupe is also available with a more economical 2-liter, turbocharged 4-cyllinder engine that produces 274 horsepower. But today, we choose power over price and fuel economy.

New for 2013 is an 8-speed automatic transmission that actually provides better fuel economy than the 6-speed manual, coming in at about 18 city / 28 highway miles per gallon. Shiftronic paddle-shifters still offer the driver a fair/good amount of control. They're fairly responsive and allow you to take the car close to red line.

The only downside to the eight-speed is that it takes a few extra taps for more substantial downshifts. We also experienced a bit of gear hunting in full auto, especially during more dramatic throttle inputs.

Hyundai says the suspension has been tuned to play nice with the more powerful engine, and three driver selectable Electronic Stability Control modes will be appreciated by enthusiasts. The Genesis Coupe also features track-friendly Brembo brakes and a limited-slip differential.

Not only has Hyundai upgraded the performance, they've also updated the styling. For 2013, the Genesis Coupe receives a meaner front face and LED taillights in the back.

The fresh looks extend to the interior, with upgraded materials, reworked gauges and the newly available Blue Link telematics system. Blue Link provides familiar features like navigation and roadside assistance, as well as more advanced functions like location sharing and voice texting.

The system is plenty capable, but we found some of the voice commands to be less than intuitive.

The most disappointing thing about this Genesis Coupe is the back seat. You expect it to be small and cramped but this is virtually unusable for an adult sized passenger and unfortunately that is going to eliminate it from many car shoppers' lists.


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