2013 Hyundai Genesis vs. Its Competition

2013 Hyundai Genesis 4-door Sedan V6 3.8L Side Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

While Hyundai puts the Genesis in a class with the mid-size German sedans, it's more a competitor for some mid-priced luxury sedans from other brands.

We'd shop it against the six-cylinder Infiniti M, which has more expressive styling and better handling, better dealers and a manual-transmission option, but a much higher price tag.

The Lexus ES 350 is a good match in many ways for the Genesis, but it has a shorter warranty to balance out a superior customer-service reputation.

Chrysler's 300 is a hipster Hyundai in hiding: it's packed with value, has an all-wheel-drive option, edgy looks (especially in mobster black) and a scorching SRT8 version.

The Acura TL used to be the technophile's choice, but it now lags in features and in performance.

New this year, the Lincoln MKZ's spun off the latest Ford Fusion; that likely means great dynamics, and new luxury features like a panoramic sunroof are supposed to put distance between this pricey version and the more mundane Fusion/Mondeo derivative.

2013 Hyundai Genesis 4-door Sedan V6 3.8L Side Exterior View2013 Hyundai Genesis
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Quick Specs
7.8
The millionaire next door just might be driving a Hyundai Genesis; it's a luxury-car bargain, with a well-finished interior, plenty of power and good fuel economy.
8.0
The 2013 Acura TL is a comfortable, attractive, and well-equipped luxury sedan--but in top SH-AWD guise it morphs into something that even driving enthusiasts will find compelling.
8.4
The image-building 2013 Chrysler 300 is handsome and classy, as well as a proper luxury car or a scorching muscle sedan.
8.8
With sharp handling, scorching performance, and decent comfort, the 2013 Infiniti M sedans are bold and beautiful but not overwrought.
8.4
The 2013 Lincoln MKZ strikes out in a more confident direction, and places a big bet on best-in-class fuel economy and technology.
MSRP From    
$24,250$35,905$30,345$48,700$35,925
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Electric I4
EPA Class    
SubcompactMid-SizeLarge CarsMidsize CarMidsize Cars
Style Name    
2-Door I4 2.0T Manual4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan Motown RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel driveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
CoupeSedanSedan4-Door SedanSedan
Transmission    
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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