Hyundai's luxury sedan, the Genesis, has been redesigned for the 2015 model year. While its wheelbase grew by nearly 3 inches, rear legroom has decreased from 38.6 inches in the previous generation to 35 inches in the 2015 Genesis. Both of our rear-facing child-safety seats had plenty of room in the Genesis' smaller backseat, however.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
"A complete redesign of the car that won Cars.com's first-ever 'Best of' award in 2009, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is now even closer on the heels of more expensive competitors, but it's not without shortcomings," said Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. Read the review for more.
Cars.com photo by Joe Wiesenfelder
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the redesigned-for-2015 Hyundai Genesis a Top Safety Pick Plus, the institute's highest honor. The premium full-size sedan earned a good rating in crashworthiness tests including small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, in addition to a superior rating for front crash protection. To earn the designation, a vehicle must receive ratings of good or acceptable in small overlap tests; good in the other four tests; and basic, advanced or superior in front crash protection.
The institute added the small overlap test in 2012. It replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. "In the small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained well, and injury measures recorded on the driver dummy indicated low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity," the institute stated.
The institute also stated that the Genesis' optional front crash prevention system, which is new for the 2015 model year, earns a superior rating because of its automatic braking capabilities. In track tests, the car stopped completely before hitting the target in tests at 12 mph and 25 mph. The Genesis is one of three vehicles in the institute's "large luxury car" class to earn Top Safety Pick Plus for 2014.
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is a complete redesign of the luxury car that won Cars.com's first-ever Best of award in 2009. My daylong drive of V-6 and V-8 versions of the full-size sedan proved the Genesis charges closer to the heels of more expensive competitors, but it's not without its shortcomings.
As before, the Genesis is technically full size, but Hyundai positions it against nominally midsize sedans like the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus GS 350 — and prices it to undercut them all. As we've reported, the base Genesis 3.8 (named for its 3.8-liter V-6) starts at $38,950, including the destination charge. This price beats the most affordable of the above competitors and the Jaguar XF and Infiniti Q70 as well, by anywhere from $7,075 (Cadillac CTS 2.0L) to $13,375 (Mercedes E250 Bluetec). Like the others, the Genesis now offers all-wheel drive with the V-6, along with rear-wheel drive with either engine.
When Hyundai's redesigned large sedan goes on sale later this month, it'll start at $38,950, including destination. That's $2,830 more than the 2014 version, but Hyundai promises more standard content in the 2015 Genesis.
The new Genesis rides a 2.9-inch-longer wheelbase and aside from fresh exterior styling, gets new controls borrowed from Hyundai's Equus flagship luxury sedan, including an available 9.2-inch center display screen.
For 2015, the Genesis sedan comes with rear-wheel drive or a new all-wheel-drive system. The base price nets you the 3.8-liter V-6 trim in rear-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive ups the price to $41,450. Jumping up to the rear-wheel-drive-only 5.0-liter V-8 brings the starting price to $52,450; all prices include a $950 destination fee. Both engines continue to use an eight-speed automatic transmission.
No longer fighting the brand-respect battle it faced when first entering the luxury-sedan fray, the updated 2015 Hyundai Genesis brings improvements that should solidify its place in the segment. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got close to the new Genesis earlier this week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and he was impressed with its updated design, premium features and powertrain prospects. Watch the video and don't miss Mays' explanation of the cool new Smart Trunk feature.
The Genesis' new six-sided grille is sure to generate strong opinions. It's a bold design, and one with a clear connection to Audi's single-frame grille, which the luxury brand has been using for years. The Genesis' grille is memorable, for sure, but a little too blocky to be attractive. I also wondered how a front license plate would look, as it seems like it's bound to cover some of that grille.
You can call the rear styling attractive, though.
After making its world debut late last year in South Korea, the next-gen Hyundai Genesis bowed this week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where we got a look at the premium sedan as it prepares to face-off with competitors from more distinguished brands. The 2015 Genesis uses the Korean automaker's Fluidic Sculpture styling, with a grille that sits low and broad and narrows at the base. A set of BMW 7 Series-esque horizontal fog lights sit above an opening that runs the length of the bumper, and a flat crease runs parallel to the ground at the car's beltline.
Adopting cues from the pricier Equus, interior features now include an enlarged center display, real aluminum trim, larger seat bolsters and double-stitched leather upholstery. Check out the photo gallery below.
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