2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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By now everyone that is into cars has heard the accolades heaped upon the Hyundai Genesis. We even picked this stylish sedan as our “best luxury car” of the year. But, is Genesis really a new beginning for a more upscale Hyundai? Well that’s where the new Genesis Coupe has to prove itself. So, let’s see if Genesis can evolve into a full carline, and not be just a one hit wonder.

It’s true that the Genesis Sedan and the new, 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe share the same nameplate, the same basic rear-wheel drive architecture, and a bit of overlap in powertrains.  But beyond that, they struck us as two very different cars.

The plush four-door Sedan competes with the likes of the BMW 5-Series and Lexus GS. But, the two-door Coupe is more a Korean counter to Detroit’s muscle stalwarts, Camaro and Mustang, with an eye on the G37 Infiniti Coupe.

In terms of form, the Genesis Coupe takes on a truly low slung but aggressive look. Like the Tiburon before it, its proportions, racked stance, exaggerated haunches, and powerful curves, are right out of the contemporary Japanese sports car textbook.

Glaring Xenon HID headlamps spearhead the coupe’s short, bulldog snout, and its fast profile wears a flowing beltline contrasted by a jagged “Z” character lines.

18- or 19-inch alloys, a stubby rear deck, bright exhaust tips, and available spoiler, punctuate the performance look.

And to put substance to that look, the Genesis Coupe sports either a nicely exposed 2.0-liter turbocharged four, good for 210 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque; or the sedan’s 3.8-liter V6, with 306 horses and 266 pound feet of torque. There is no V8.

With 6-speed manuals standard, the I4 can be tied to a 5-speed automatic, while the V6 auto is a 6-speed. Both autos with steering wheel paddle shifters.

Flicking them for all their worth, our 3.8-liter V6 jumped sharply from 0 to 60 in 6.1 seconds and finished the 1/4 mile in 14.4 seconds at 100 miles per hour. Torque at launch was exceptional, building steadily with no dead spots.  Gear changes were fairly quick and very smooth, though the steering wheel shifters felt cheap and hokey. Overall, however, the V6 Genesis Coupe is swift and entertaining in the straight line.

For turns, our Grand Touring Coupe has the standard sport-tuned suspension; braced MacPherson struts up front, and a five-link design in the rear.  Electronic Stability and Traction Control come standard.

Through the cones, the coupe felt smaller and lighter than its 3400 pound weight would indicate. Grippy tires and a planted chassis give this car a ton of agility, and there’s virtually no body roll.  The Coupe is quick to turn with just a mild touch of understeer.  And when pushed hard, it remains both nimble and very well-balanced. Yes, it’s fun.

But, as to ride quality, our GT felt more sporty than premium. You know every bump in the road. Track models don even stiffer springs and shocks that might make it tiring as a daily driver.

All Coupes come with ABS disc brakes with Brake Assist 4-piston Brembos on Track models. With standard brakes, stops were straight, stable, and smooth, averaging a decent 130 feet from 60 to 0.

Inside, the Genesis Coupe is also visibly a different venue than the Sedan. The stylishly cockpit says serious sport coupe. In fact the tight gauge cluster would be at home on many an exotic.

But, materials and fit and finish, like in the Genesis Sedan, exceed even premium status. Mid-level Grand Touring trim includes leather on the well bolstered bucket seats, with heat and power adjust for the driver.

The three-spoke steering wheel makes for a nice grip, with controls for audio and cruise. There is also a standard information display, hands free Bluetooth, and an IPod interface, and to pump out those tunes, there’s an Infinity 10-speaker audio system.

The two-passenger rear seating area is relatively easy to access, and offers ample legroom. But the car’s plunging roof line takes headroom down to child size.

Best to fold the seat down to expand the small 10 cubic foot trunk. The trunk opening is also small, and very non-premium u-shaped hinges may give your luggage a crushing blow.

Government Fuel Economy ratings for our V6 automatic Coupe are 17 city/27 highway on Regular gas.  We achieved 23.1 in real-world driving and were pretty pleased with it. The 2.0T does about 10% better.

The V6 Energy Impact Score is 16.3 barrels of oil per year, with a Carbon Footprint of 8.7 tons of CO2.

Staying true to Hyundai’s formula for affordability, prices are also closer to Camaro than G37. The 2.0T starts at $22,750, while the 3.8 starts at $25,750. Still, uplevel trims and options will easily take the coupe over the $30,000 mark. But, with such a spread, and great powertrain warranty, the Genesis Coupe should appeal to a much wider demographic than the Sedan.

So that’s the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. But, rather than adding to the prestige of the Genesis carline, it comes off as more of a mainstream Hyundai. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s not a terrific effort. It truly is, and more proof that Hyundai has evolved into a brand that no rival, import or domestic, can take for granted.


  • Engine: 3.8-Liter V6
  • Horsepower: 306
  • Torque: 266 Lb Feet
  • 0-60 MPH: 6.1 Seconds
  • 1/4 Mile: 14.4 Seconds @ 100 MPH
  • 60-0 MPH: 130 Feet
  • EPA: 17 MPG City/ 27 MPG Highway
  • Mixed Loop: 23.1 MPG
  • Energy Impact: 16.3 Barrels Oil/Yr
  • CO2 Emissions: 8.7 Tons/Yr
2024 PHEV Roundup 1

2024 PHEV Roundup

You Don’t Have To Go Full EV To Live The EV Lifestyle

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You’ve heard us say many times that PHEVs– plug-in hybrid electrics– rather than BEVs– pure battery electrics– are a sound choice for many folks thinking about owning an electric vehicle. Well, buyers do seem to have gotten the message, as while recent sales of all-electric BEVs are down, PHEVs are suddenly skyrocketing. So, we thought we’d give you a close look at the range of PHEVs that are available today.

An EV when you want it, a fuel-efficient hybrid when you don’t; that’s the reason that PHEVs are so appealing, and why we feel they’re the perfect starter vehicle for this time of transition from internal combustion to all-electric. So, buckle up for an alphabetical rundown of all the mainstream PHEVs that are currently available.

BMW has many plug-in options, starting around $46,000 with the 2.0-liter I4-based 330e sedan and its 22 miles of EV range. There’s also a 750e sedan with more than 30 miles of EV range, and an xDrive50e X5 utility with closer to 40 miles of EV range, plus a high-performance XM with 738 horsepower. For partner Mini, a small 1.5-liter I4-based setup is available in the Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 utility with 18 miles of EV range, going for around $42,000.

Ford has been in the plug-in game for some time, and currently gets a great 37 miles of EV range out of their 2.5-liter I4-based setup which is available in both the Escape for about $36,000, and in its upscale Lincoln Corsair counterpart which goes for around $55,000.

Hyundai offers a pair of plug-in SUVs, the Santa Fe priced at around $43,000 and the Tucson which goes for about $40,000; both use a 1.6-liter I4 turbo engine. It shares with their corporate cousins over at Kia. The Sorento, which starts around $51,000, and the Sportage, beginning at $40,000, along with Kia’s Niro at $35,000. All get more than 30 miles of EV Range.

For the high-rollers, Land Rover has a six-cylinder P550e plug-in option for both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport with 51 miles of range, starting around $119,000.

Mazda is very new to the plug-in game, with their inline-six based setup just recently becoming available in the new CX-70 and CX-90 SUVs, both with 26 miles of electric-only range, starting at $41,000.

Mercedes-Benz has offered quite a few PHEVs over the years, though currently their lineup only consists of the $70,000 GLE450e SUV with a 2.0-liter I4 and 48 miles of EV range; and a $128,000 3.0-liter I6 S580e sedan with 46 miles of range. Though a high-performance 671 horsepower AMG C 63 S E Performance will be blasting onto the scene soon.

We’re very familiar with this second-gen Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, having had both generations as part of our long-term fleet. The current Outlander PHEV goes for $41,000 and gets 38 miles of EV range from its 2.4-liter I4-based setup.

Stellantis has a wide array of PHEVs available across their many brands, starting with the 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar-packing Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. It arrived way back in 2017 and currently delivers 32 miles of EV range for $40,000.

More recently, they’ve added the technology to the Jeep brand with 4Xe versions of the Jeep Wrangler for $52,000 and the Grand Cherokee at $61,000. And their most recent setup has just arrived in the compact crossover segment with 33 miles of battery in both the $45,000 Alfa Romeo Tonale and the $42,000 Dodge Hornet R/T.

All of this started with the Toyota Prius of course, which you can now get a Prime version of for $34,000 with a 2.0-liter I4 and 40 miles of range. The RAV4 Prime goes for $45,000 getting 42 miles. Plus, there’s a trio of Lexus PHEV’s rolling with bigger batteries on board, the NX450h+, the RX450h+, and the TX550h+, starting around $58,000.

Volkswagen PHEVs stick to their premium brands, starting with the $58,000 2.0-liter I4-based Audi Q5 55TFSI e quattro SUV with 22 miles of battery range.

Bentley adds electric-motor assistance to a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 for both the $206,000 Bentayga SUV, which gets 18 miles of EV range, and the $217,000 Flying Spur sedan, which stretches it to 21 miles. That same setup is available at Porsche in E-hybrid versions of both the $93,000 Cayenne SUV and $110,000 Panamera sedan, getting up to 19 miles on battery power.

Finally, Volvo has had a plug-in version of their turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 since the T8 arrived with the XC90 back in 2016. Now with a Recharge label, an updated version is available in just about every vehicle in their lineup; the S60 and S90 sedans, XC60 and XC90 SUVS, and yes even in the V60 wagon, starting around $53,000 with up to 40 EV miles.

So, there you have it, the Bs-to-Vs of PHEVs. They really are an easy way to live the EV lifestyle today, without going all the way.