Autonoch – The Hyundai Genesis Coupe: What the 86 Could Never Be

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What if there was a version of the Toyota 86 that looked similar, was faster, and could be bought for about the same money? That car is the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and it’s awesome.

Gen 2 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Now, before we dig in, the Genesis Coupe is not astronomically faster than the Toyota  BR86. It was more configurable than the Subaru FR-8RZ.

In 2008, at the New York Auto Show, Hyundai showed the world two sporty coupes, a red and a silver. The car went on sale in 2009 and was produced until 2016. There were always two engine choices, a 2.0L turbo four and a 3.8L V6.

There were arguably two generations. Aggressive headlights, more body color panels up front, and a less sporty design that looks like a Lexus IS characterized the first generation. (Monkey sounds intensify)

The interior is nicely appointed, though the 2015 and 2016 models are obviously dated as Hyundai had no intention of continuing the coupe with their new stately luxury sedan manufacturer. I especially like the three dials in the center.

For late-model V6 examples, look for ones around $14k that have less than 50k miles. For late model 4 cyl. examples, similar mileage to that listed above and a price under $13k would be considered a good deal. Surprisingly, the four cylinder examples nearly always fetch the same money as V6 examples that sometimes have up to 10,000 fewer miles.

As for the earlier generation, four cylinder models with less than 60k miles should be bought for less than $11k. I could find V6 examples of the later generation for the same money as newer four cylinder ones.

Which is Best?

Ranked, here are the top three choices of Genesis Coupe to buy.

  • 2016 V6 (GDI)
  • 2013-2014 2.0t
  • 2009-2012 2.0t

If you’re looking for the best deal on a Genesis Coupe, these three are the best models to buy. The later V6 is the best due to its performance and the fact it comes at only a $2k premium. The late four cylinder is second best because it combines modern features and with affordability. The very early four cylinder models come in third out of the fact they are the cheapest. In fourth, I’d put the early V6’s because they come at a price below that of the late V6’s but don’t have the performance to match.

-Ethan White


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