Road tested: 2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD

2015 Genesis

SEATTLE, June 23, 2015 — The latest Genesis from Hyundai is quite the anomaly. It delivers world-class value for a performance sedan but still has the Hyundai moniker on it, which may not work for certain customers. This is a car that’s built to compete with the likes of Acura, Infiniti, Lexus, BMW and Mercedes – and in many respects, it delivers more value than any of them.

But it’s a “Hyundai,” right?

2015 Genesis

Forget everything you may think of the brand. If we look at the car through an objective set of lenses, it’s difficult to ignore all that it offers for the money.

There are two available engines, a 5.0 liter V8 with 420hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and the hearty 3.8 liter V6 (which our test model had) that churns out 311hp and 293 lb-ft of torque. The bonus of the V6 is that it’s lighter and available with the all-wheel-drive system.

2015 Genesis

The power is mated to a standard eight-speed “shiftronic” automatic transmission that does have a manual mode and does a great job of delivering the power and shifting.

The V6 provides more than ample power to help propel all 4200 pounds to 60 miles per hour in 7.4 seconds – not too shabby for its price but not the quickest sedan around, either. It has a beautiful-sounding exhaust system that exhibits a good amount of growl at higher rpms.

The all-wheel-drive system keeps all four tires glued to the road and helps make more treacherous drives in heavy rain or snow conditions and is an easy option to consider. The only thing to consider here is that the all-wheel-drive is available only with the V6 – something that’s not a big deal to this reviewer because it has no issues powering the Genesis and helps save a bit of fuel over the V8.

Once inside, it’s more than likely you’ll forget about any hang-ups on the car’s brand as it rewards the driver with a high-end experience that encompasses everything from the way the steering wheel feels to the overall spaciousness of the interior cabin. There’s little expense spared here, and it certainly competes with any other sedan we’ve tested in this price range.

Stitched leather, comfortable seats that will heat or ventilate all add to a rewarding experience for the driver and front passenger.

Hyundai includes built-in navigation – which is looking a bit dated in its graphical presentation of the maps but as a system is easy to use and works well. The audio system has plenty of volume and sound quality for most people’s ears, and the integrated Bluetooth is a snap to set up. Additionally, the Bluetooth sound quality for both the driver and person on the other side of the phone call is very good.

Handling of the Genesis is good if not the best we’ve tested in performance sedans. It offers enough poise to satisfy all but the most discriminating of drivers. There is a touch of body roll around hairpin corners but for the most part, the car feels sure-footed and solid on the road.

For just under $41k, the Genesis All-Wheel-Drive with the 3.8 liter V6 offers quite a bit of bang for the buck and is backed by Hyundai’s industry-leading 10-year / 100,000-mile warranty on the powertrain and 5-year / 60,000-mile warranty for the rest of the car. Definitely something to consider with shopping around.

The EPA rates the Genesis 18 miles per gallon around town and up to 29 on the highway. The only problems with these kinds of ratings on a performance sedan, however, is that you’ll likely find your foot “always in it” so real-world won’t be anywhere close to those ratings. If you have the power, you’ll likely use it – a lot.

It’s hard to find many faults with this current generation of the Genesis, especially when you consider all it brings to the table. Companies like Infiniti, Acura and Lexus have had a strong grip of performance sedans from that area of the world, but South Korea is coming on strong and certainly this car is worth a look and a test drive.

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  • Duane, I applaud your balanced review. There are still a lot of people who turn their nose up at a Hyundai. I drive the 2010 Genesis Coupe 6-speed Track Edition. I’ve driven a lot of sports cars and rice rockets. None can beat it for the price, and few can beat it unless you get to six figures. People still stop me and ask me about it due to the eye popping margarita green paint, then they really get serious with the questions when I tell them it’s a Hyundai. Mentioning “Fast and Furious” helps, haha! It looks like the Genesis sedan got a bit of a visual makeover, it resembles the coupe a lot more than I recall.