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MSRP: $38,000 - $51,500
Invoice: $35,659 - $47,665
MPG: 18 City / 29 Hwy
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Hyundai Genesis Performance

According to automotive writers, the fully redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis' base engine delivers more than enough power for most drivers. According to reviewers, the Genesis has nimble handling and feels composed on windy roads, though a few say that rivals like the BMW 5-Series are a bit more nimble. They also praise its cushioned ride. The Genesis comes with an Intelligent Drive Mode system, which adjusts transmission, throttle and suspension settings for Normal, Sport, Snow and Eco modes.

  • "It's telling that neither Hyundai's executives nor its engineers mentioned the words 'sports sedan' in talking about the new Genesis. The car isn't particularly spry. Rather, it delivers the refined ride and the competent handling that's the price of entry to selling a luxury car. This new Genesis should give the Lexus GS, the BMW 5-Series, and the Mercedes-Benz E-class a scare, while knocking off the well-rounded Audi A6 and the knife-edged Cadillac CTS in a sports-sedan shootout is probably asking too much." -- Car and Driver
  • "Taken as a whole, this new Genesis is quite good on the road, inspiring confidence and even the occasional 'hell yeah!' when really working the chassis and drivetrain." -- Autoblog
  • "Between the quiet cabin, cushy ride in Normal and Eco mode, and the comfortable seats, this 4-door is a pleasure on the open road." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The V6-powered Genesis sedan is quick, quiet and delivers its power in a refined manner. Most shoppers will likely drive the V6 Genesis sedan and say, 'That's exactly what I expected'; then sign the forms and drive home. Before you do that, though, you should know that the V8 adds more than 100 hp. At 420 hp, it feels noticeably stronger and pulls harder from a stop, but it's more about the substantial feel and deeper sounds that the car's engine makes when opting for the V8." -- AutoTrader

Acceleration and Power

The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 311 horsepower, while a 5.0-liter V8 that makes 420 horsepower is available. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard with both models. Base models earn an EPA-estimated 18/29 mpg city/highway. Those estimates are just below average for the class, and six-cylinder rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E350 and the BMW 535i earn better fuel economy.

Test drivers report that Genesis models equipped with the standard V6 produce strong acceleration. The Genesis' ample power is aided by its smooth-shifting, responsive transmission, reviewers agree. They note that models equipped with the available V8 engine are a tad quicker from a stop and more refined when idling.

  • "We'd love to say how much you need the V8, but you really don't. The V6 makes 311 horsepower, which is plenty, but it's also because Hyundai put an 8-speed automatic transmission in the Genesis. It helps make the most of whatever power is available." -- AutoTrader
  • "Although the V8 model clearly has more low-end punch, it doesn't feel appreciably faster than the V6. In fact, the only reason we can see to get the 5.0 over the 3.8 is if you really must be able to tell people that you sprung for the V8." -- Edmunds
  • "An updated eight-speed automatic transmission is included, and it improves on the old eight-speed with smarter, quicker shifts, better acceleration and sport-mode mapping." -- Autoblog
  • "Essentially, the V6 isn't a huge step down from the V8, especially since both are partnered with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Its shifts are smooth, but noticeably more aggressive in Sport mode." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 5.0-liter is more about luxury than performance, though. It's more notable for a polished idle and easy off-the-line acceleration than instantaneous responses. As the German competition moves toward all-turbo engine lineups, however, Hyundai's naturally aspirated powertrains can't match the low- and mid-range thrust." -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

The new 2015 Hyundai Genesis offers shaper handling than previous models and feels planted in turns, reviewers say, though some also mention that rivals like the BMW 5-series are sportier. Automotive journalists agree that the Genesis has an especially comfortable, quiet ride. Test drivers also report that the Genesis' new electric-power assist steering is accurate and well-weighted. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the 2015 Genesis, while all-wheel drive is available on V6 models.

  • "This time around, the Genesis feels better around corners, too. The car has a tighter, light-on-its-feet feel, although Hyundai tuned the suspension more for comfort than outright performance." -- AutoTrader
  • "Back in the States, driving on the mostly smooth country roads outside Scottsdale, the Genesis proved surprisingly adept in the twisties, the steering in particular exhibiting a much more precise feel than the last generation. And even though this is a stiffer car, the increased suspension travel endowed it with a thoroughly comfortable (and almost eerily quiet) ride." -- Edmunds
  • "The all-new Genesis feels agile and responsive, thanks to the midsize sedan's new chassis and highly revised, retuned suspension, yet it's still comfortable on the highway. It doesn't have the same handling prowess as a BMW 5 Series, but its response to driver input makes the Genesis feel like a more legitimate luxury car than in the past." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Whether it's the product of Korea, Hyundai America, or Lotus, the end result is unlike any Hyundai we've ever driven. The Genesis's firm steering is attentive on-center and weights up progressively in corners. The wheel is neither heavy nor light, but perfectly matched to the character of the car and the speed of the variable-ratio rack. Over cracked asphalt and sweeping bends outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, the Genesis flaunted graceful damping and convincing body control." -- Car and Driver
  • "I wouldn't call this car nimble, but the body did not roll much in fast corners. It lacks a true road feel but handles well. Drivers will feel more confident behind the wheel, though they won't mistake the Genesis sedan for a sports car, even if they switch to Sport mode in one of the three selectable modes that include normal, sport, and eco." -- Motor Trend
Review Last Updated: 7/18/14

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