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V-6, rear-wheel drive: 18 mpg city, 29 highway
V-6, all-wheel drive: 16/25 mpg
V-8, rear-wheel drive: 15/23 mpg
Most European and Japanese luxury models with which the Genesis competes have over the past several years moved to offer either downsized engines, or hybrid or clean-diesel models—or at the least, other technologies like engine stop/start that bring incremental gains. In the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, you won't find any of these; and while it arguably helps keep the sticker price low, Hyundai's unadventurous approach here is going to turn off some shoppers who prioritize having a model that especially fuel-efficient and 'green.'
The 2015 Genesis 3.8 models return 18 mpg city, 29 highway with rear-wheel drive, or 16/25 mpg with all-wheel drive (this is, unfortunately, a system that will lower your mileage all the time). 5.0 (V-8) models stand at 15 mpg city, 23 highway.
In an early drive on mostly wide-open expressways and rural two-lane highways, we saw an average of about 25 mpg with a rear-wheel-drive V-6 model and nearly 23 mpg with a V-8. Modern engine technology includes variable valve timing and direct injection, which together with the eight-speed automatic's wide span of ratios helps deliver these engines' higher output without putting a larger dent in real-world returns.
The V-6 runs on regular-grade gas, while premium is recommended for the V-8.
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis keeps it simple and doesn’t wow with diesels, hybrids, or turbos—and its mileage numbers suffer a bit for that.