2013 Hyundai Genesis Preview

Jeff Youngs | Jul 20, 2013
  • Consolidated trim levels for 2013
  • Upgraded infotainment system is optional
  • Heated leather seating is standard on all trim levels
  • 8-speed automatic transmission includes manual mode
  • 44.3 inches of leg room in front; 38.6 inches in back


The Hyundai Genesis is a full-size, 4-door premium sport sedan. The model was introduced in 2007 as a concept car, and entered the market in 2008. A coupe version was introduced for the 2010 model year. The Genesis features rear-wheel drive, and is available in two trim levels: Genesis 3.8 and Genesis 5.0 R-Spec. (The names refer to the respective displacements of their engines.) The main competitors of the Hyundai Genesis include the Audi A6, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac XTS, and the Lexus GS 350. The 2013 model is little changed from the previous year, although Hyundai has eliminated the smaller V-8 engine that it had offered as an alternative to the 5.0-liter model.

Exterior Features

The profile of the Genesis sedan is less sleek, more substantial, than Hyundai's smaller models. The 2013 Genesis is offered in six colors: White Satin Pearl, Black Noir Pearl, Twilight Blue Pearl, Titanium Gray Metallic, Platinum Metallic, and Cabernet Red Pearl. Standard exterior equipment on the 3.8 trim level includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, fog lights, keyless entry and ignition, heated mirrors, and a dual exhaust system incorporated into the rear bumper. The 5.0 R-Spec trim level adds 19-inch wheels, a sportier suspension, sport-tuned steering, auto-dimming mirrors, and special badging. According to the manufacturer, the Genesis' high-efficiency LED lighting minimizes energy consumption.

Interior Features

Three interior colors are available on the 2013 Genesis--Saddle, Cashmere, and Jet Black--although not all are available with every exterior color. Standard features on the 3.8 trim level include full power accessories, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated power front seats, Bluetooth, and a 7-speaker audio system. The 5.0 R-Spec trim level adds special interior badging, as well as the Premium and Technology packages described below. The Hyundai Genesis seats five occupants. Trunk capacity is 15.9 cubic feet.

Optional Features

An optional Premium package for the Genesis 3.8 adds power-folding outside mirrors, 18-inch wheels, sunroof, navigation system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, rearview camera, automatic wipers, leather trim for the dashboard and doors, power-adjustable steering wheel, and a power rear sunshade. The optional Technology package (available only with the Premium package) includes adaptive cruise control, adaptive xenon headlights, premium leather upholstery, heated rear seats, ventilated driver's seat, lane-departure warning system, parking sensors, and a hill-hold system. The Technology package also features an upgraded navigation system with a larger screen, a 17-speaker Lexicon sound system, upgraded Bluetooth functions, and Hyundai's proprietary BlueLink telematics. Available accessories on either trim include an iPod cable, wheel locks, mudguards, sunroof wind deflector, and cargo tray.

Under the Hood

The Genesis 3.8 model features a 3.8-liter, direct-injection V-6 engine that delivers 333 horsepower and 291 lb.-ft. of torque. The direct-injection, 5.0-liter V-8 engine on the 5.0 R-Spec trim level delivers 429 horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque. Both trim levels include an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual controls that sends power to the rear wheels.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Hyundai Genesis are:

  • Genesis 3.8: 18/28/22 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Genesis 5.0 R-Spec: 16/25/18 mpg


Standard safety features on the Genesis include anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, front- and rear-seat side-impact air bags, and side curtain air bags. The 5.0 R-Spec trim level adds other safety features, including a hill-hold function, front and rear park-assist sensors, lane-departure warning system, and a rearview camera.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2013 Hyundai Genesis 5 stars (out of 5) for rollover protection, but has not released frontal crash or side crash ratings for the Genesis. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Genesis received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset, side-impact, and roof strength protection.


Hyundai takes special pride in its Lexicon audio system, a matrix/discrete surround-sound processor that uses Lexicon's proprietary processing technology. It provides four pre-adjusted listening positions, and the speakers are placed within the vehicle to ensure the best-quality surround sound. The Lexicon system is designed specifically for vehicle interiors rather than for general use. The system is compatible with many media formats, including CD, DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, MP3, Video CD and compatible formats, including PCM, Dolby Digital, and DTS.
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