Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ride & Drive: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

The biggest story in the auto industry keeps getting better.

The all-new for 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan — designed to take on the Cadillac CTS, Lexus GS, Infiniti M, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class — is not only up for the challenge, it is setting benchmarks for the competition.

The new rear-wheel drive Genesis (also available with Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system), is an absolutely stunning luxury sedan.

With a base price starting at $38,000, the Genesis has an abundance of performance, interior room, comfort, style, premium luxury amenities and safety features.

It rivals — if not exceeds — the best in the luxury rear-wheel drive sedan segment, while doing so at price points tens of thousands of dollars below the competition.

For those in the market for a luxury rear-wheel (or all-wheel) drive sedan, you absolutely must take the 2015 Hyundai Genesis for a test drive before making a purchase.

You will be impressed.

The new Genesis is available in three models — 3.8L RWD, 3.8L AWD and 5.0L RWD.

The 3.8 Genesis models are powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine generating 311 horsepower and 293 lbs.-ft. torque. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with Siftronic manual shift mode and paddle shifters, it requires regular unleaded gasoline and has an EPA fuel economy rating of 18 mpg city, 29 mpg highway (15 mpg/23 mpg respectively for all-wheel drive models).

The Genesis 5.0 is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, generating 420 horsepower and 383 lbs.-ft. torque. Mated to the same eight-speed transmission and using either premium or unleaded gasoline, it has fuel economy rating of 15 mpg city, 23 mpg highway.

The list of features is impressive, including: vehicle stability control with traction control and anti-lock braking system; nine airbags; anti-whiplash front head restraints; automatic headlights; daytime running lights; 4.3-inch LCD cluster display; power folding outside mirrors with Genesis logo puddle lamps; hands-free smart trunk opener; heated dual power outside mirrors with turn indicators; 12-way power heated leather front seats with power lumbar; leather seats; proximity key with push-button start; intelligent drive mode select; leather wrapped steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment; dual automatic temperature control; touchscreen nav system with 8-inch display; rearview camera; premium audio system with Bluetooth hands-free phone system and audio streaming; rain-sensing wipers with auto defogger; individual tire pressure indicator; Hyundai Blue Link Infotainment system with Google and SiriusXM Travel Link — and that’s just the base 3.8L RWD.

The complete list of equipment on the top-of-the-line 5.0L with Ultimate Package ($55,000), which by the way includes the best head-up display unit I’ve ever used, couldn’t fit on this page.

The new 2015 Genesis is an amazing vehicle and an absolute must for the test drive list.

The Nuts and Bolts


2015 Hyundai Genesis

5-seat luxury sedan 

Rear-, or all-wheel drive

Trim packages:

3.8 RWD, 3.8 AWD, 5.0 RWD




3.8L V6 (311 hp/293 T)

5.0L V8 (420 hp/383 T)


8-speed auto w/Shiftronic

EPA: 18/15 mpg city, 29/23 mpg highway (3.8/5.0 RWD)

FUEL: Regular unleaded


Vehicle stability control with traction control


LENGTH: 196.5 inches

WHEELBASE: 118.5 in.

WIDTH: 74.4 inches

HEIGHT: 58.3 inches

WEIGHT: 4138-4541 lbs.

TRACK: 64.1/65.3


FUEL TANK: 20.3 gallons

TIRES: 18-, or 19-inch

CARGO: 15.3 cubic feet.

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