2015 Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai opens the book on luxury with this large, all-wheel-drive luxury sedan.

  • Likes
  • Ride
  • handling
  • Dislikes
  • Fuel economy
  • some interior materials quality

Newly redesigned, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan features revised styling, more luxury and available all-wheel drive. Our Empire State Gray test car came with a 3.8-liter, 311-horsepower V6, 8-speed automatic transmission and Hyundai's new HTRAC all-wheel drive system. While this fully-optioned example carried a sticker of over $52,000, the base price of an AWD Genesis sedan is $40,500 before tax and destination charges, a relative value in the midsized luxury segment.

As a luxury sedan in 2015, the Genesis definitely looks the part. From a distance, people might not be able to tell it apart from a BMW 5 Series. Though this resemblance does little to erase the memory of when Hyundai got its start in the US as a value-oriented "knock off" brand, we think the new Genesis sedan is in some ways better-looking than its German competition, though the influence clearly shows. With an almost fastback shape, prominent C-pillar kink and distinguished grille, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis shines in the details.

Though the Genesis remains a big, heavy car, handling is improved and has reached the point of "almost sporty" thanks to a stiffer chassis and suspension tuning by none other than the legendary sports car marque Lotus. Turn-in is crisp, and despite its long wheelbase, the two-ton sedan doesn't roll much in corners. It's not as playful as some smaller luxury cars, and definitely doesn't beg for the kind of spirited driving that would feel familiar in an older BMW 3 Series, but for its intended role as a cruiser and commuter, the new Hyundai Genesis does an excellent job.

Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000 mile new vehicle warranty, 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, 7-year/unlimited mile anti-perforation warranty, 5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $40,500

As Tested: $40,500

  • 16 / 25 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6.2 sec
  • 0-60
  • 311 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 149 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 3.8-liter V6
  • Horsepower: 311 hp
  • Torque: 293
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic with manual shift mode
  • Curb Weight: 4,295 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 118.5 in
  • Length: 196.5 in
  • Width: 74.4 in
  • Height: 58.3 in
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc with ABS
  • Suspension: F/R: Ind. MacPherson strut, anti-roll bar/ Ind. multilink, anti-roll bar
  • Traction: Traction and stability control standard, can be turned off
  • 0-60 mph: 6.2 sec
  • Top Speed: 149 mph
  • EPA City: 16 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 25 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 19 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: 9 airbags including driver knee airbag, anti-whiplash front head restraints

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