Hyundai Genesis Reviews – Hyundai Genesis Price, Photos, and Specs – CARandDRIVER

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Hyundai Genesis

Overview: The Genesis is Hyundai’s entry-luxury sedan, and it does what the Korean manufacturer does best by offering an appealing mix of standard features with a realistic price. Less-than-stellar driving dynamics prevent the Genesis from being a serious competitor against Europe’s best, but consider what you get for the moneyespecially with the base V-6 modeland the Genesis becomes a viable alternative to an Acura or Lexus. Instrumented Test: 2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec 5.0 Sedan

2014  (2014 First Generation, 2009Present)

The Genesis offers two enginesa base 333-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 or a 429-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 in the optional high-performance R-Specand both team up with an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive.

The V-6 model offers the best-balanced ride and handling of the two models. The ride is smooth, and the Genesis stays pleasingly flat in corners. The cabin is nicely isolated from road imperfections.

The V-6 offers decent performance, too, with an estimated 0-to-60-mph time of less than six seconds.

On the R-Spec, the stiffer springs and larger wheels (19-inchers versus the V-6’s 17s) make the ride a bit harsh when driving over flawed pavement. The R-Spec’s steering is sharper and responds more readily to the wheel, but it still feels artificial. The V-8 has the performance part of the equation covered, however, hitting 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

Hyundai Genesis

The eight-speed automatic is slow in up- and downshifts. The V-6 is rated at 18 mpg city and 28 highway and the R-Spec at 16/25, but the V-8 was at the bottom of its ratings in our 1200 miles of testing, delivering 16 mpg in mixed driving .

The Genesis might not stack up favorably compared with the Audi A6, BMW 5-series, or Mercedes-Benz E-class, but with an impressive features list and a starting price of about $35,000, it handily tops others at that price. The Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, meanwhile, is no match for a BMW M3 or Cadillac ATS-V, but few cars offer such luxuryand V-8 powerstarting at less than $50,000.

First Generation, 2009Present

2009: The Genesis debuts with two engine choices: a base 290-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 and a 375-hp, 4.6-liter V-8, both with a six-speed automatic. 2011: Output from the 4.6-liter V-8 increases to 385 hp. 2012: A direct-injection 5.0-liter version of Hyundai’s V-8 arrives in the Genesis 5.0 and Genesis 5.0 R-Spec.

The R-Spec has sportier styling and includes a stiffer suspension and bigger brakes. The rest of the lineup gets refreshed styling and vastly improved ride and handling. An eight-speed automatic improves fuel-economy ratings.

2013: The 4.6 and 5.0 models are dropped, leaving only the 3.8 and 5.0 R-Spec.

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