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2015 Hyundai Genesis

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/18/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis receives new exterior styling, improved chassis, and available all-wheel drive. A host of new features , which include driver aids like lane departure warning and Automatic Emergency Braking, smart trunk, a heads up display, a new navigation system with a 9.2-inch touchscreen, and a TFT LCD center cluster display.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is a midsize luxury sedan that slots below the full-size Equus. It is sold with two engine choices and in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations.

Overview

Most 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedans will come with a 3.8-liter V-6 that produces 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque. Those looking for more power should consider the 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 420 hp and 383 lb-ft. Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission while all-wheel drive is available only on the V-6. Fuel economy is respectable in rear-drive V-6 models at 18/29 mpg city/highway, while opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers down to 16/25 mpg. Eight-cylinder models are not as fuel efficient and are rated at 15/23 mpg, which is less than some of its competitors offering the same or more power.

Acceleration is good with both engines offering great power, allowing for easy merging and passing at highway speeds. While not a sports sedan, the 2015 Genesis is "responsive and predictable," and turns into corners fairly quickly for a car its size. However, the V-6 is the better car overall due to its lighter weight, making it feel more nimble and "well-mannered" compared to the V-8.

Refinement remains one of the 2015 Genesis' strong suits with a smooth ride and a well-insulated cabin that makes it ideal for long-distance driving. Hyundai added a long list of standard and available tech and safety features to the car such as blind spot warning, an optional navigation system with a high-definition 9.2-inch touchscreen, and a Lane Keep Assist system that steers the car back into your own lane. Interior room is generous with space for five adults and a good-sized trunk at 15.3 cubic feet. Build quality and construction are superb with a solidly-built cabin made of high-grade materials and clean gauges that are easy to read.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, achieving a good score in all testing categories (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is a solid choice for a luxury sedan with a high quality cabin, smooth ride and good value. During Motor Trend's 2015 Car of the Year evaluations, the Genesis impressed the judges by "delivering more than promised" with its balance of comfort, performance, style, and refinement. Even though it isn't a sports sedan, it handles competently particularly V-6 models, which are lighter and more nimble.

In a First Test, we said that the car "stayed glued to the road" and handled twisty mountain roads well despite its heavy 4,474-pound curb weight. Interior space and build quality are where the Genesis shines because it offers ample room in a cabin made of high-grade materials that remind the driver that it's a luxury sedan. The available tech and safety features put the car on the same league as German and Japanese rivals. However, the Lane Keep Assist system's aggressiveness means that the driver has to fight with the electronic nannies when trying to merge into another lane, or simply turn off the system.

You'll Like

  • Well-built interior
  • Stable and refined ride
  • Roomy cabin

You Won't Like

  • Average fuel economy
  • Overly aggressive Lane Keep Assist system
  • Polarizing front grille

Key Competitors

  • BMW 5 Series
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Audi A6
  • Lexus GS
  • Cadillac CTS

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