2012 Hyundai Genesis Review
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis can compete with luxury sedans costing more than $50,000, but it starts at $34,200, making it a good choice for shoppers who put value before brand recognition.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis is a good choice for shoppers who want luxury appointments, a powerful engine and a smooth ride but don’t want to pay a premium for similar cars from more well-known luxury brands like Lexus, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Edmunds writes, "True, there are a few downsides, such as the lack of available all-wheel drive or a fold-down rear seat. But the biggest obstacle for the Genesis is likely whether customers can get over the humble badge on its deck lid."
Hyundai was known more for its prices than its quality in the past. Now, Hyundai is known for its class-competitive, affordable vehicles, like the Accent, Elantra, Sonata and Tucson. The automaker also has two luxury vehicles, the Genesis and Equus, and reviewers say Hyundai has done a good job of building well-made vehicles at competitive prices.
The Hyundai Genesis received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2012 model year. Test drivers are pleased with Hyundai’s new eight-speed transmission, more powerful base V6 engine and new 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine, which is available on the new-for-2012 5.0 R-Spec trim.
Other Cars to Consider
Shoppers looking at the 2012 Genesis will also want to check out the Audi A6. The Audi A6 is a good alternative for shoppers who frequently experience inclement weather because it offers optional Quattro all-wheel drive, and the Genesis doesn’t have an all-wheel drive option.
The Lexus ES is comparable to the Genesis in terms of comfort, quality and interior features. Reviewers like the ES’ comfortable, luxurious interior, and say that it provides a smooth, comfortable ride. They note that the ES is more of a luxury cruiser than a performance-oriented luxury car, which reviewers also say about the Genesis.
Hyundai Genesis: The Details
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis is available in three trim levels: 3.8, 4.6 and 5.0 R-Spec. Keep in mind that Hyundai also has the Genesis Coupe in its lineup, but it doesn’t have much in common with the sedan. The Genesis Coupe is a separate vehicle that is designed to combat sports cars like the Mazda RX-8, Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. See the full list of 2012 Hyundai Genesis specs.
- "As with other luxury sedans, the Genesis has a strong engine lineup, a spacious cabin, a long list of luxury features and excellent build and materials quality. Yet the Genesis also costs thousands less than the typical BMW or Lexus, thereby making it a pretty popular choice." -- Edmunds
- "Complementing its premium character with a megadose of pure performance, the 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec served notice in Chicago that the Korean automaker is ready to seriously raise the stakes in the sport-luxury sedan game." -- Kelley Blue Book