Advertisement
Go

Hyundai Genesis

Get Your Price
 


The Hyundai Genesis was the brand’s first entry into the luxury car segment. Introduced for the 2009 model year, it arrived at the right place and right time, during the throes of the economic downturn—when bargain-priced luxury made consummate sense. The somewhat related Hyundai Genesis Coupe continues as a stand-alone model. Now in its second generation, the Genesis sedan has been... Read More Below »
TCC Rating Trend
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
New Hyundai Genesis Reviews
Latest

2015»

8.8
/ 10
TCC Rating

2014»

7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Hyundai Genesis Reviews

2013»

7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating

2012»

8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
Select a year to view more information:
Recall History
Hyundai Genesis
8.8 out of 10

New & Used Hyundai Genesis Sedan: In Depth

Shopping for a new Hyundai Genesis?

GET A FREE PRICE QUOTE

The Hyundai Genesis was the brand’s first entry into the luxury car segment. Introduced for the 2009 model year, it arrived at the right place and right time, during the throes of the economic downturn—when bargain-priced luxury made consummate sense.

The somewhat related Hyundai Genesis Coupe continues as a stand-alone model.

Now in its second generation, the Genesis sedan has been revamped for the 2015 model year, with new style and a newly available all-wheel drive option. It's a rival for other large four-doors in the "near-luxury" segment: the Chrysler 300 four-door, Infiniti Q70, and Lexus GS.

MORE: Read our 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan review

With the new Genesis, Hyundai has figured out the few failings of its original sedan and addressed them, convincingly. Revamped infotainment gear, more refined finishes, and a full suite of active-safety features on offer—and a base price under $40,000—give the new Genesis a mature profile that's more Lexus-like than ever.

The Genesis' new roofline and grille are striking. The grille's grown up, down, and out in Audi-like ways, and its winged badge could pass on a Bentley. The references to BMWs in the side profile are unmistakeable. Inside, the Genesis has more of its own identity, with a horizontal theme and a great layout that’s attractive and sensible, and covered in satisfying amounts of LCD shimmer and wood luster.

Powertrains from the prior year carry over into the new Genesis. The base engine remains a 3.8-liter V-6, now rated at 311 horsepower; the 5.0-liter V-8 version puts out 420 hp and 383 lb-ft. Both are teamed to the same eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Rear-drive is standard, with all-wheel drive now an option. The Genesis V-6 is now lighter by about 400 pounds, and it feels it. Top models of the V-8 now have an adaptive air suspension, and all versions have well-tuned electric power steering.

Interior space and comfort are improved, and so is safety. The Genesis is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and a suite of active-safety technology is now available, from lane-keeping assistance to blind-spot monitors.

Hyundai's second-generation Blue Link telematics system has its debut in the 2015 Genesis sedan. New features include integration with Google Glass; Google Destination Search; remote start; and a new system of notifications that reminds drivers to warm their car in warm weather, or gives recommended departure times for a destination entered into the navigation system by smartphone app. As one of Hyundai's newest models, the Genesis is expected to provide compatibility with Apple's CarPlay system soon.

Base prices start just below $40,000, while a well-equipped V-8 Genesis tops $50,000.

Hyundai Genesis history

In its first generation, the understated lines of the Hyundai Genesis were a welcome shift in direction. The Lexus and Infiniti references were unmistakeable. This Genesis' interior was very roomy, though the seating was in need of more support, particularly in the R-Spec model. Leather trim on the dash was available as an option. Safety was exceptional: in its first year, the Genesis won a Top Safety Pick honor from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

As with the German cars in the class, Genesis buyers could select from several engine choices. The choices over time included a 3.8-liter V-6 with 333 horsepower, a 385-hp 4.6-liter V-8, and eventually, a 5.0-liter V-8 with 429 hp. A six-speed automatic was swapped out for a new eight-speed automatic transmission in its final years on sale. All first-generation Genesis sedans routed power to the rear wheels.

Handling was softer than the German competition, but Lexus owners wouldn't find anything objectionable in the Genesis. The R-Spec edition was tuned for more aggressive handling, but it came off overly stiff and less composed.

The first Genesis sedan was one of several Hyundai vehicles whose fuel-economy figures had to be restated in late 2012. For a number of 2011 through 2013 Hyundai models, the EPA calculated that overstated gas-mileage ratings did not hold up to confirmation testing performed by the agency. Owners received reimbursements for extra fuel used through a special website set up to handle the claims.

Used Hyundai Genesis Models

The Hyundai Genesis launched in 2009 took the Korean brand up into the near-luxury segment. The large, feature-laden sedan followed the model of the first Lexus LS two decades ago: offer a quiet, luxurious sedan at a lower price. The coupe that followed in 2010 was sportier, a rear-wheel drive competitor to U.S. pony cars for a different audience. Sedans offer a V-6 or V-8, paired to an eight-speed automatic, while coupes have a turbo four or V-6. 
Advertisement
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
New Car Price Quotes
Update ZIP
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Advertisement

 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.