Should I Buy a V-6 or V-8 Hyundai Genesis Sedan?

I'm in the market for a car to use as an everyday driver. I live in the Washington, D.C., area. In your honest opinion, which model of the sedan would you prefer, the 3.8-liter or the 4.6-liter? Currently, I am driving a 2005 Ford Expedition.

Greg

Because you mentioned the Genesis with the 4.6-liter V-8, we assume you're talking about a used model since that engine was last offered for 2012. If that is the case, then comparing the relative prices of used versions propelled by the 385-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 to ones with the 333-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 should help with your decision based on what you can afford.

If you're going to use this car as a daily driver in a crowded urban area such as Washington, D.C., you should ask yourself how much additional benefit you will derive from having a V-8. Is the extra power (along with additional equipment that comes on V-8 models) worth it compared to what you will lose in fuel economy? In addition, Hyundai's V-8 engines require premium gas, and the V-6 uses regular unleaded.

But if you're talking about a 2013 Genesis and the choice is between a 3.8 V-6 model and an R-Spec with the 5.0-liter V-8, we would prefer the R-Spec, assuming it fit our budget. Not only does it offer more power and more standard features (there are no options on the 2013 R-Spec) but more refinement. Ride and handling are improved on the R-Spec; the V-8 is quieter than the V-6, and there is less road noise despite the R-Spec's aggressive 19-inch tires (the V-6 comes with 17- or 18-inch tires).

The only drawbacks are the R-Spec's lower fuel economy at 16/25 mpg city/highway versus the V-6's 18/28 mpg, the requirement for premium gas and the higher starting price ($47,695 versus $35,095; both prices include an $895 destination charge). Adding the optional Premium and Technology packages to the V-6 model makes it a closer match in equipment to the R-Spec, but the price comes pretty close as well, at $44,195 with destination.

If money isn't a limiting factor, our honest opinion (the only kind we give) is to go for the R-Spec.

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By Rick Popely | September 28, 2013 | Comments (7)

Comments 

Al

The Genesis is a quality, very well built vehicle, BUT
if you are expecting a smooth, comfortable ride from the Genesis, test drive it over a variety of road surfaces for a period of time, and make sure you like it.
The Genesis suspension is harsh and transmits every road imperfection into the cabin. It does not have a "sporty" suspension, it has a hard, unyielding suspension.
Do a google search on "Genesis suspension issues" and read the comments, and make sure you are OK with the ride.
I had one for 3 months but traded it. I literally could not stomach the very hard ride. I now have a Maxima and it rides very comfortably.

Randall

Neither version of the Genesis sedan requires premium fuel.

https://www.hyundaiusa.com/genesis/specifications.aspx

Andrew

There is no Hyundai that currently requires premium fuel. However, there are slight hp increases in performance models like the genesis rspec with the use of premium.

Kitty

For the daily commute I use a Genesis V8. It's a Lease vehicle and it's been a great car.

I commute on I5 in Southern California five days a week and like the power of the V8 and the low monthly lease payments. Residual on the V8 remains high.

Before the Genesis I leased a BMW 335 and I like the ride and handling of the Genesis better.

jj

The ride in the Genesis post 2012 is fine, since Hyundai made improvements to the suspension and more importantly, got rid of the horrible OEM Dunlop rubber.

Having said that, the 3.8 is the one to go for since the R-Spec has larger wheels and a stiffer suspension setting.

An all-new Genesis sedan will launch in the 2nd quarter of next year, so for those who can wait, it would be beneficial to see what improvements the new model offers).

clb

The Genesis has a V-8 in its 2013 model. Seems as though this article has tons of incorrect facts.

Stephen

I have a 2012 Genesis 4.6L, which is no longer available. OEM tires were Michelin, which I gather are better than the Dunlap. Still compared to other cars in the class or even below, the the ride is somewhat harsh at times, although I gather improved from earlier models. The ride and handling seem pretty sensitive to tire pressure (and equal pressure)--I find about 35 PSI best.

I considered and test drove the R-Spec, which has better ultimate handling and power, but, because of the 19 inch low-profile wheels and tighter suspension, it actually has a harsher ride, so I chose the 4.6L as the best compromise between ride and power. A friend recently gave me a ride in her son's former car--a Honda Accord with the suspension chopped down for racing, unbeknownst to me beforehand. It felt like it had no suspension at all and bothered my neck problem for weeks. When I finally drove my Genesis again days later, it felt far more cushy than it had before, by comparison.

One thing I don't see mentioned in any of the reviews or comments is that, at least through the 2012 models, there is a difference in the power steering mechanism between 3.8-liter and 4.6-liter (I'm not sure what the R–Spec uses). The 3.8-leter steering runs off the engine, giving it a lighter freewheeling feel, while the 4.6L has electric steering (or electro-pneumatic, as they call it), which creates more steering resistance and stronger self-centering. During my first test drives I prefered the lighter 3.8L steering, but after a couple more test drives it felt too light and I prefered the electric steering of the 4.6L. Oddly, none of the salespeople or service managers I spoke to could explain the difference in steering feel--I had to discover it by reviewing the comparative specifications of the cars. I was already familiar with the electric steering feel because my trade-in car, a Mazda 3, was an early adopter of electric steering. I attributed to the feel to the Mazda's front wheel drive, but apparently, since the Genesis 4.6L has a similar feel, it's due to the electric steering.

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