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Quick Spin: 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8

13/08/2015 07:58 PM


Hyundai’s mid-size luxury sedan raises the bargain bar in 2015 after receiving a full makeover, inside and out.

The Numbers

  • MSRP: $38,000
  • Tested Price: $49,950 (MSRP plus $950 destination fee and $11,000 option list, which includes Signature Package, Tech Package, and Ultimate Package)
  • 3.8-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission (tested)
  • 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft. of torque
  • 18 mpg in the city
  • 29 mpg on the highway
  • 22 mpg combined
  • 15.3 cubic feet of trunk cargo room


Our tester came with all three of Hyundai's optional packages. The Signature Package ($4,000) includes a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, HID headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and power rear sunshade. The Tech Package ($3,500) includes upgraded leather seating, power driver seat bolstering, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, radar cruise control, haptic steering, automatic emergency braking, high beam assist, and front/rear parking assistance system. The Ultimate Package ($3,500) includes matte finish wood trim, heads-up display, power open/close trunk, 9.2-inch infotainment display, and Lexicon 17-speaker audio system.



  • Gorgeous interior/exterior makeover lifts level of aesthetic appeal and features
  • 3.8-liter V6 delivers respectable fuel economy figures
  • Very comfortable and quiet cabin with well bolstered and highly configurable driver’s seat
  • Infotainment system is intuitive and takes advantage of latest smartphone apps, including voice-enabled search via Google
  • Radar-assisted cruise control probably works the best of all systems we’ve tested to-date
  • When fully optioned up, Genesis still costs less than comparably equipped competition from Europe



  • While handling is improved over the previous generation, it does not equal or surpass its German competition
  • Lack of road feel through steering wheel prevents driver from feeling engaged
  • No heated steering wheel available; a huge miss in the luxury segment
  • No foot well vents in the driver’s cockpit means cold toes in the winter, sweaty feet in the summer


Value Retention

As far as retaining its value goes, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sits in seventh place (out of 11) within the three-year-old mid-size luxury segment by holding 45.6% of its value in 2015. The Genesis stays just above the segment value retention score average of 45.5% for 2015.

Our Verdict on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, “When fully optioned up, the ’15 #Hyundai #Genesis is a ton of car & tech for the money.”