Hyundai Sonata and Genesis Coupe In Person

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz
hyundai sonata and genesis coupe in person

In rounding out our coverage of Hyundai's offerings in NYC, we've got shots of the facelifted Sonata and Genesis Coupe. Both are much, much better in person than in pictures. The Sonata's biggest aesthetic improvement is the interior, which goes from zero to hero. Build quality and fit and finish are way better, and it no longer is ergonomically challenged. Hyundai's Mission: Bland sedan has, dare I say, some style. As for the Genesis coupe, while I thought the initial press shots showed a hideous Lexus IS knock-off in coupe form, in person it's more of an Infiniti G37 coupe knock-off. Very slick car, and with Kia's use of a 290 hp turbocharged four in the Koup concept, the turbo four that Hyundai announced for the Genesis coupe sounds promising. Although Hyundai didn't have any prices, you'll be glad to know that Hyundai's trademark olfactory character is unchanged in this RWD coupe: even the preproduction show car's interior smelled like a Hyundai interior, which I'd describe as musty crayon.

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  • Sanman111 Sanman111 on Mar 21, 2008

    Seoultrain, I didn't say I disliked the Genesis, I just don't think it stands out in today's market. A least, not in the way the G35, late 90's eclipse, etc did when they first arrived. I actually like the look of the later Tiburons. As for clutch dumps, the price tag on this thing is the same as the WRX, RSX, etc and I have seen plenty of those in stupid hands (including many friends).

  • GS650G GS650G on Mar 21, 2008

    I like both the cars, I think they look pretty cool.

  • Shortthrowsixspeed Shortthrowsixspeed on Mar 21, 2008

    i gotta say, i'm really disapointed here. The turbo four weighs in at 3439 lbs. and the V6 weighs 3549 lbs. What the hell? can i guy get a small RWD coupe with a turbo inline four that weighs in around 3000 lbs? that, i'd buy in a heartbeart.

  • Menno Menno on Mar 21, 2008

    shorthrowsixspeed, cars are weighing a lot more over the past 15 years partly because of all of the stuff we seem to demanding (and this stuff weighs a lot). C'mon, do we really need power heated and cooled seats, power sunroofs, power hatches and sliders (on minivans), etc etc? The other reason is that cars literally are light-years better than they used to be for crashworthiness. See for yourself.