2015 Hyundai Genesis RWD 3.8 (1087)

Overview:
This week we’re looking at the 2015 Hyundai Genesis RWD 3.8. This is one of my favorite cars today, and next week we’ll talk about the next model down that is a super alternative if your budget is $10-15,000 below this Genesis. If my budget allowed for a $30,000 car I would stretch to the Genesis if luxury and elegance were important enough for my employment considerations or if I had a burning desire to impress the neighbors, you know, the Jones’.

I make no bones about favoring the Hyundai and sister company Kia. They are still aggressively competitive which will not last much longer. You’ll see the prices go up because the company has earned the praise.

General Information: It is assembled in Ulsan, Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 5%, Korea 81%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Large Cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Handling & Performance:

Those who want power this will not disappoint with a 3.8 liter 311 HP V6 engine. But if you want more a 5.0 liter 420 HP V8 engine is available. The V6 is smooth and quick. No complaints here.

Styling:

It’s your call of course – but for me it is a lovely looking automobile and a standout on the auto landscape.

Fit and Finish:

Excellent.

Cost:

Competitive but I like all the features that are optional which are very high tech.

Conveniences and comfort:

This is classed as a Large car and as expected is very roomy with great legroom.

Consumer Recommendations:

Flip a coin and then test drive the Genesis first because I believe you’ll return after driving all the rest. That list for me goes beyond direct competition noted below. BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz better look out because the Korean’s are nipping at their heels. Hyundai is a great option to these high priced badges. The Equus cost is half that of the BMW 7 Series for example. The winds of change are coming.

The Genesis model I tested included $11,000 of options. Signature Package of options of which I’m interested includes Blind Spot Detection with rear cross-traffic alert. Tech Package features that interest me is Lane Departure warning, Smart Cruise control and auto emergency braking. The rest they can keep. You will find some other features that light your fire.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Genesis $38,000, Dodge Charger $28-48,000, Subaru Legacy $30,000, Chrysler 200 $31,000, Ford Taurus $31-40,000, Subaru WRX $32,000, Chrysler 300 $32-45,000, Buick Regal $32-39,000.

Good News:

Affordable elegance, good fuel economy for a big V8, smooth and roomy ride.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

3.8 liter 311 HP V6 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, intelligent drive mode select, 18” alloy wheels, 4-wheel power assist ABS disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability control with traction control, vehicle stability managment system, auto headlights, rain sensing wipers with auto defogger windshield, heated dual power folding mirrors with turn signal indicators, leather seating with heated front seats, 12-way power front seats with power lumbar adjustment, leather wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel, proximity key entry with push button start, navigatrion system with 8” display and rearview camera, 4.3” multi-info displayt, dual zone climate control, bluetooth hands free phone system with audio streaming, Bluelink power by Google, AM/FM;CD/MP3/HD radio / audio system with 7 speakers, Sirius XM  and travel link 3-year complimentary, tire pressure monitor with individual tire pressure indicator, 9-airbags including driver knee bag.

Gas Stats:

$3.97/ Gal avg. May 17, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

18 City and 29 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $38,000.

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