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Hyundai Genesis Review

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis ranks 4 out of 17 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Hyundai Genesis, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis, with its well-constructed interior and strong engines, delivers high-end features for less money than most competitors, critics say.

Auto writers say that most drivers will be pleased with the generous power the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis' V6 engine produces. The optional V8 engine, they note, is even more powerful and provides a smooth idle and swift throttle response. Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that test drivers applaud for its smooth, responsive shifts. The Genesis gets up to 18/29 mpg city/highway, which is slightly below average for the class. Automotive journalists report that the Hyundai Genesis offers a comfortable ride over rugged roads, sharp steering and well-controlled handling in turns. Still, some reviewers say that rivals like the BMW 5-Series are a bit more athletic.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis provides spacious, supportive seats for all passengers and a well-constructed, upscale cabin made with first-rate materials, according to reviewers. They say the Genesis' audio, phone and navigation settings are easily reached, and their buttons and control knob work in a manner similar to Audi's MMI infotainment system. Standard features include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, Bluetooth, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, proximity key, push-button start, satellite radio, HD Radio and a USB port. Lane departure warning, blind spot detection, automatic emergency braking, an HD 9.2-inch LDC screen navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, a power rear sunshade and two Lexicon sound systems are available. The Genesis has average cargo space for the class.

  • "The Genesis sedan's niche is currently ruled by the BMW 5-series, Lexus GS, Cadillac CTS and Mercedes-Benz E-class. The new car has just about everything those competitors offer, including a thorough connectivity package, thumpin' good sound system, a suite of safety and convenience features that'll keep the car between the lines and away from fixed objects, luxo-interior, swoopy exterior, and a choice of adequately powerful powertrains. All for, as they say, thousands less!" -- AutoWeek
  • "This time around, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis looks like an expensive luxury car, both inside and out. More importantly it feels like a more refined sedan behind the wheel. It's still not Germanic in the way it handles itself, but that's a good thing. The Genesis is better off with a mix of comfort and performance that appeals to the average buyer." -- Edmunds
  • "There is a strong emphasis on connectivity and infotainment, which should appeal to a younger affluent audience. What may be most impressive about the new Genesis, though, is the amount of standard equipment you get for a notably lower price than its competitors - and even if you check every options box, the car is still a relative bargain." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While buyers of the first one may have been ‘surprised’ it was a Hyundai, this version feels like more of a competitor in the fierce, $50,000-sedan market. At the lower end, Genesis delivers significant value-for-dollar, though it may be a tougher sell as a specced-up model in the $60,000 range, where its tech lags a bit behind (albeit pricier) competitors. Still, the Genesis is becoming more comfortable in its own skin. As a luxury car, it splits the difference between BMW-style sport luxury and Lexus-style pampering." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Starting at $38,950 and arriving loaded up with features, the Genesis remains a great near-luxury purchase with all of the trappings of much more expensive cars. It's understated in all of the right ways and still a deal. Who doesn't like a deal? BMW owners? Add to that all of the enhancements this car undergoes, the Genesis sedan has matured very nicely." -- Motor Trend

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Test drivers praise the Cadillac CTS for its performance, noting that its nimble handling and strong brakes make it fun to drive. Additionally, the CTS sedan earns slightly better fuel economy estimates than the Genesis.

The Lexus GS has supportive seats and an upscale cabin, according to reviewers. They are also pleased with its agile handling and say it's a pleasure to drive.

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Details: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis seats five and comes in two trims: the V6-powered Genesis 3.8 and the V8-powered Genesis 5.0. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear wheel-drive are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on the Genesis 3.8. The Hyundai Genesis has been fully redesigned for the 2015 model year.

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Review Last Updated: 4/27/15

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