Final Thoughts on the 2013 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec

Final Thoughts on the 2013 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-SpecShortly after I got my driver's license, in the very early 90s, my mom's car was a Hyundai Stellar. It was the worst car I ever drove, and that includes my first car, an '86 Ford Escort hatchback.

My experience driving my mom's Stellar was so poor, my thoughts about Hyundai automobiles have been tainted ever since. I knew the new Genesis would fare better, but I didn't have the highest of hopes.


I can tell you with all sincerity that my week with this luxury sedan was a delight. It was extremely comfortable, completely silent, and full of pep. The 429-horsepower V8 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission made our drive to Huntsville and back a whole lot of fun.


Returning to my standard '99 Protege I now totally miss the keyless entry and ignition, the heated and cooled seat, the auto-defogging system and rear camera and proximity warnings. Not to mention the coolest entertainment and navigation controls yet.


This wasn't my mom's Hyundai. This was an amazing machine for far less than you'd guess. I'm now wondering if the Accent might be what the doctor ordered when my old beater finally bites the dust.


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Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - in the '90's, my high scool auto teacher said HYUNDAI stood for:

Here's whY yoU Never Drive An Import.

He said that they were made substandard to fit a price point.

Nowadays, it is a much more respected company, I have never driven one personally, but have many friend's/coworkers who swear by them.

Gotta be better than the gas guzzlin GM vehicle I'm driving right now...

July 8, 2013 @ 2:08 PM

Jason C

I laughed when I read about your Hyundai Stellar experience. My mom passed one down to me in the early 90s when I left Huntsville to go off to university. What a piece of garbage. I remember the gas petal getting stuck on the floor. I had to kick about 12 times to knock it free while steering/accelerating down the highway.
Lots of fun.

July 8, 2013 @ 2:39 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Jason C

I remember putting all my weight on the Stellar's gas pedal trying to climb a hill out of the Warren Park valley. It crawled up that hill at 5km/h pissing off everyone behind me.

The Stellar sucked...

July 8, 2013 @ 2:42 PM


We have a boring old Elantra, and it's great for the city. The customer service at Toronto Hyundai up on Dufferin is great, and I would go back to them again an again.

July 8, 2013 @ 3:34 PM


Hyundai has made huge gains in terms of quality, and have been producing very good vehicles for several years now. When I needed a new car in 2004, I researched the hell out of my options and ended up buying a 04 Elantra, and have never regretted it. I paid 18k for it, brand new, fully loaded (Power windows, keyless entry, A/C, heated side mirrors, CD, cruise control, etc.) - essentially the same price my brother had paid for a Honda Civic in 1998 that had zero options. At they time, I was driving from Mississauga to King City daily, so basically 100km round trip 5 times a week. I thankfully don't have to do that any more, but after 9 years and closing in on 250,000 kms, the car has never failed me, except 1 time - the alternator died, which I blame myself for, because I was running it on the original battery long after I should have replaced it. Great, solid, economical vehicle - I will definitely consider Hyundai for my next car .

July 8, 2013 @ 4:31 PM

Rick C in Oakville

LOL, a friend bought a stellar in 86/87 and when he moved to Midland, if it got blow -20 the plastic on the steering wheel would shrink and set off the car horn. To be fair, we had an 83 Escort and anything other than my 5.0 litre 86 Mustang were crappily built back then. Fortunately competition has a way of improving quality. Anyone remember the late 70's Lada's or Skoda's or Yugos from out communist friends?

July 8, 2013 @ 6:44 PM


Don't forget Le Car!

Also, has the font changed? Or is it just me?

July 8, 2013 @ 10:38 PM


Mike ?

I test drove one last summer, very nice car with a smooth power band. My car has the same horsepower numbers and an 8 speed transmission at almost double the cost...They do not sell very many of these R-Spec's in Canada, too bad its an amazing value. My roots go back to the Hyundai Pony and I had the same opinions most did....

Hyundai has been making great cars for a few years now, and definitely are hitting their stride in terms of value, styling and giving the Canadian public modest vehicles that will withstand our climate and driving conditions.

A long way from the times of exposed welds, seams and boxy styled vehicles of years gone by!

July 9, 2013 @ 6:56 PM

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