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Head to Head: 2016 Honda Accord Coupe vs. 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

In the world of fun to drive, yet practical family coupes, there are many contenders. Two of these are the 2016 Honda Accord Coupe and the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Many contenders offer low entry costs in return for high amounts of driving enjoyment, both in looks, refinements, and performance.

Competitors for the 2016 Honda Accord Coupe and 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe include the Scion FR-S or Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Nissan 370Z, and the BMW 2-Series.

However, we’re going to stick with comparing the 2016 Honda Accord Coupe vs. 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. These two-door machines will cost between $23,875 and $34,225 MSRP* for the 2016 Honda Accord Coupe and between $26,950 and $33,750 MSRP* for the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, depending on the chosen trim level.

 

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Exterior Design

The 2016 Honda Accord Coupe is a stylish and newly redesigned coupe. Honda’s logo stands out against the single bar across the front fascia, flanked by auto-on/off LED headlights and resting gracefully above LED accent lighting, LED fog lights, and a blacked-out lower grille. Powerful body lines lead one’s eye past 17-inch alloy wheels (18- and 19-inch available on different trims) and toward the redesigned rear fascia with prominent LED taillights, sporty trunk lip spoiler, and Chrome-finished exhaust tips (dual exhaust on the EX-L V6 and Touring models).

Hyundai has countered the stylish Accord Coupe with the equally debonair Genesis Coupe. An athletic front fascia features the Hyundai logo in chrome, resting above a wide, black grille piece. LED headlights and LED fog lights flank the grille to the top and bottom, respectively. Aggressive body lines lead one’s eye back past standard 18-inch alloy wheels to a rear fascia with swooping lines and curvy LED taillights. The 3.8 Ultimate trim level also sports a small spoiler.

 

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Interior Style

On the inside, the 2016 Honda Accord Coupe comes with lots of refinements and technology. Base trims may have manually adjusted sport seats, but the EX-L and above offer heated and leather-trimmed front seats with 10-way power adjustability. All trim levels come with a tilt and telescopic steering column, cruise control (not driver assisted), dual-zone climate control and more.

Infotainment features in the 2016 Honda Accord Coupe include a 6-speaker system with a high-resolution screen connecting you to Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, MP3 and WMA capable system with AUX jack and USB, text message functionality, Pandora compatibility, and more! To get HondaLink, Apple’s Car Play or Google’s Android Auto, HD Radio, and Sirius XM radio, you’ll have to opt for the EX trim or above.

Hyundai has given the 2016 Genesis Coupe cloth seating surfaces with leather bolstering though the 3.8 R-Spec gets sport seats and the 3.8 Ultimate trim gets the two-stage heated front seats. There’s a tilt and telescopic steering column with wheel-mounted controls for audio, Bluetooth, cruise control, and other information.

Hyundai has also given the Genesis Coupe a comprehensive infotainment system which includes a 6-speaker system with MP3, USB and AUX jack, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free calling, and more. Hyundai’s Blue Link infotainment system, featuring 10 speakers and a 7-inch display with navigation, is available on the 3.8 Ultimate trim.

Surprisingly, both of these coupes offer usable back seats. Unlike other coupes, where the rear seats are really glorified package racks, the 2016 Honda Accord Coupe and 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe both have rear seats that could fit actual adults.

 

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Performance

Honda has given the 2016 Accord two choices in engine: one is an inline 4-cylinder capable of 185 horsepower and 181-lb.ft. of torque. The second engine is a capable V6 engine that enthusiasts of throaty engine notes will appreciate, pushing out 278 horsepower and 251-lb.ft. of torque.

Hyundai has given the same 3.8L turbo engine to all trim levels of 2016 Genesis Coupe, all of which pump out 348 horsepower and 295-lb.ft. of torque. Options for performance include the base sport-tuned suspension or the R-Spec and Ultimate’s track-tuned suspension and Brembo brakes.

A key difference between the two is how the power is put to the road. The 2016 Honda Accord Coupe, while sporty, still comes with front-wheel drive whereas the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes with the sports-centered rear-wheel drive design. Both coupes are offered in manual or automatic transmissions.

 

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Safety

While both come with standard traction and stability control systems, brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, anti-lock brakes, and a slew of airbags, it’s the optional gear that set these two apart.

The 2016 Honda Accord Coupe has the option for Honda LaneWatch, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automated high beam technologies.

Hyundai also offers optional safety gear, such as rear parking assistance, auto-leveling headlights, a limited-slip differential, Hyundai’s Blue Link with SOS emergency assistance and automatic collision notification and assistance.

 

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Overall

These two sporty coupes offer great functionality, luxurious interiors, and powerful performance for under $30K (MSRP)* starting out. The 2016 Honda Accord Coupe offers Honda’s legendary longevity while the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe offers a sportier setup.

Please call or visit your local AutoNation Honda dealership to test drive a 2016 Honda Accord Coupe. To test drive the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, don’t hesitate to drop by your local AutoNation Hyundai retailer today!

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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