2012 Hyundai Genesis vs. Its Competition

2012 Hyundai Genesis
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Hyundai pitches the Genesis as competition for the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class--and it is, though we suspect most cross-shoppers will be looking at vehicles like the Infiniti M, which offers up V-6 and V-8 engines in a svelte, feminine body, and now comes in hybrid form.

The Lexus GS is new for 2012, and hybrids are expected to return, along with six- and eight-cylinder versions.

The Chrysler 300 is a smart alternative and even less expensive than the Genesis, and in SRT8 trim, it's a sledgehammer, bristling with HEMI power.

Finally, there's the six-cylinder, all-wheel-drive Acura TL, which couples an attractive cabin and brisk performance with a body that's the least expressive of this bunch.

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2012 Acura TL 4-door Sedan 2WD Advance Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura TL
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2012 Chrysler 300 SRT82012 Chrysler 300
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2012 Infiniti M Hybrid, at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show2012 INFINITI M
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2011 Lexus GS 350 4-door Sedan RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Lexus GS 350
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Quick Specs
The Genesis' impressive details and execution make it a pragmatic luxury-car choice, especially in the quick, plush V-6 version.
The 2012 Acura TL is a surprisingly well-rounded luxury sedan, with a host of advanced tech features, and in top SH-AWD trim morphs into a complete and compelling sport sedan.
Riper and more mature, the latest Chrysler 300 has classically handsome looks and in the right versions, big rear-drive fun.
The 2011 Lexus GS sedans are fast, refined, and well-appointed; but low points include a cramped backseat and, for the 450h Hybrid, lackluster fuel economy.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6N/AGas V6
EPA Class    
Large carMid-SizeLarge CarsN/AMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan V6 3.8L4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan V6 RWDN/A4-Door Sedan RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-Door SedanN/A4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftN/AAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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