2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan: First Drive

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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.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Starts at $38,950

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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.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan: First Look

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.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Video

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.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Hyundai Genesis: Up Close

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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.

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You can call the rear styling attractive, though.

By Mike Hanley | January 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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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.

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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.

By Matt Schmitz | January 16, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan: First Look

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Competes with: Chrysler 300, Cadillac CTS, Volvo S80
Looks like: Elantra/Azera/Tucson styling meets Hyundai’s luxury sedan
Drivetrain: 311-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 or 419-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 with eight-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: 2014

Hyundai revealed the next generation of its Genesis sedan this week to journalists in Seoul, South Korea. The new Genesis sedan will come with rear- or (new) all-wheel drive, and Hyundai global CEO Mong-Koo Chung promised the car would "compete head-on with top-tier premium models in the global market, including Europe."

That's what the last Genesis, which hit U.S. dealerships in summer 2008, promptly did. Can its successor repeat that? We'll see, but the path to success has at least one less hurdle. Thanks to the first Genesis and, to some extent, the pricier Equus, Hyundai has shown its luxury chops. Consumer acceptance of the second Genesis should be less of a question mark.

By Kelsey Mays | November 27, 2013 | Comments (18)

Hyundai Expands 2009-2012 Genesis Recall

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Late last month, Hyundai recalled approximately 27,500 model-year 2009-12 Genesis sedans to address problems with the brake system's hydraulic electronic control unit. Now the automaker is expanding the recall to a total of 43,500 Genesis sedans.

The affected vehicles were built between April 30, 2008, and March 28, 2012, and may contain brake fluid that does not protect against the corrosion of the hydraulic electronic control unit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If corrosion occurs, reduced brake effectiveness could result, increasing the risk of a crash. The original recall covered cars built between April 1, 2008, and March 16, 2012.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

Hyundai Previews 2015 Genesis Sedan

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Just 10 months ago, we said we'd be shocked if any aspects of the HCD-14 Genesis concept seen at the 2013 North American International Auto Show made it to the production version of Hyundai's next-generation luxury sedan. Well, count us (mildly) shocked. Hyundai unveiled what it called "the first image renderings" of its next-generation Genesis today in South Korea, and the HCD-14's low, vertical grille — think Audi A8 — made the cut. So did the roofline, which performs a familiar C-pillar-merges-into-trunk routine. Most of the HCD-14's tail, with its deck-lid lights and chopped bumper, did not.

Development costs during the four-year project totaled nearly half a billion dollars at current exchange rates, Hyundai says — expensive, but still less than the cost of many redesigns. Hyundai claims the new Genesis will have the best chassis in its class, plus drivability that matches European luxury cars. That's something its predecessor did when it arrived in mid-2008. The automaker says it already tested the new Genesis on Germany's venerated Nürburgring circuit.

By Kelsey Mays | October 24, 2013 | Comments (9)

Recall Alert: 2009-2012 Hyundai Genesis

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 27,500 model-year 2009-12 Genesis sedans are being recalled. The affected cars were manufactured from April 1, 2008, through March 16, 2012. "Hyundai previously initiated a service campaign in March of 2013 to replace the brake fluid in the subject vehicle population," the automaker said in a statement.

The Problem: The cars are being recalled to address potential durability issues with the brake system's Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit, Hyundai said. The previous service campaign fixed approximately 60 percent of the affected vehicles; the recall should address the remaining sedans.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 21, 2013 | Comments (1)

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

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

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