2016 Hyundai Genesis vs. Its Competition

2016 Hyundai Genesis sedan
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Hyundai Genesis doesn't have the luster of a premium badge yet, so it's a rival for a wide swath of premium and luxury vehicles, everything from the Cadillac CTS to the Chrysler 300 and Nissan Maxima.

At the high end, it's an E-Class rival with C-Class pricing, or an A6 competitor with a sticker more like than on the A4.

However, the Genesis is only offered in ten different build combinations—which makes it quite a different animal than the luxury sedans from Europe, which can be optioned in countless combinations of stand-alone extras.

Most of these rivals have an advantage in that they're offered in one, or several, high-tech green powertrains, with hybrid or clean-diesel variants.

The ES 350 is more of a comfort-oriented sedan, while the GS lands on the other side, as more of a sport sedan--especially with its new GS F performance edition.

If only Acura's RLX has as much flair as the Hyundai, it might earn the Legend badge that used to be applied to the top of the line Acura.

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2016 Lexus GS F2016 Lexus GS F
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2016 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec2016 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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Quick Specs
The 2016 Hyundai Genesis is a legitimate heavyweight contender, with excellent safety and features and good road manners in V-6 form.
The 2016 Acura RLX offers some minor updates to an already competent—if subtle—luxury package. It's an interesting alternative to the other cars in its class.
The 2016 Audi A6 builds on an already impressive set of features, abilities, and styling to yield a safe, fun, high-tech luxury sedan.
The fourth F in the Lexus portfolio is fun and engaging to drive, but it has some room to grow on the horsepower front if it's going to be a true competitor for some of the finest sport sedans on the market.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers elegant comfort and luxury in several flavors, with a thrifty diesel and a high-performance V-8 for those at either end of the spectrum.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Diesel I-4
EPA Class    
Large CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsSubcompact CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan V6 3.8L RWD4-Door Sedan Navigation4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan E 250 BlueTEC Sport RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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