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2012 Hyundai Genesis: Used Car Review

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The 2012 Hyundai Genesis may not have a luxury-brand badge on its grille, but its long list of luxury features and impressive performance solidify its ability to compete with the best luxury models from Japan, Germany and the U.S. Although Hyundai built the Genesis to compete with such cars as the Chrysler 300 and Lincoln MKS, most owners consider their Genesis every bit as good as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 or Lexus GS 350. In fact, you might have to do a double take when looking at the Genesis, because it does bear more than a passing resemblance to the Mercedes flagship sedan, the S-Class.

The Genesis delivers a smooth ride, a choice between a V6 or two V8 engines and, in the sporty 5.0 R-Spec trim, fairly decent handling. It has also held up well over the years, with a strong resale value and reliability ratings. Of course, there are some omissions in the Genesis lineup, namely the lack of an all-wheel-drive (AWD) or hybrid model. While its styling may not be wholly original, the Genesis' long list of standard and optional equipment makes it a serious player for those seeking premium luxury features without paying a premium price.

What We Like

Powerful engine lineup; numerous standard features; strong value; attractive styling; roomy interior; Lexicon audio

What We Don't

No AWD or hybrid option; LED interior lighting lacks warmth; fixed rear seatback with small pass-through, which is the only way to increase trunk capacity

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Hyundai Genesis derives its power from three sources. The standard engine is a direct-injection 3.8-liter V6 producing 333 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque. A new 8-speed automatic with a manual shift mode is the only transmission choice. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that fuel economy for this engine is rated at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Optional is a 4.6-liter V8 making an impressive 385 hp and 333 lb-ft of torque, but only when running premium fuel. If you put regular in the Genesis' tank, those figures drop to 378 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque. The same 8-speed transmission is attached to the V8 and helps to deliver an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy.

A new 5.0-liter V8 is available for 2012, producing 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates for this engine are 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy. As with the 4.6-liter V8, premium fuel is required for maximum output

Standard Features & Options

The Genesis sedan was offered in four trims: 3.8, 4.6, 5.0 and 5.0 R-Spec. For 2012, a new 5.0-liter V8 was offered, as was a new performance-oriented 5.0 R-Spec trim. An 8-speed automatic replaced the previous year's 6-speed unit, while all models received some styling and feature upgrades.

The Genesis 3.8 includes a V6 engine, full power accessories, proximity key entry and push-button starting, leather seating, power adjustable and heated front seats, a tilt-telescopic steering column, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, jeweled projector-style automatic headlights, fog lights, Bluetooth, a 7-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with satellite-radio capability and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks. Standard safety equipment includes electronic traction and stability control, front and outboard rear-seat side-mounted airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags and electronic active head restraints.

Optional on the 3.8 was the Premium package that adds a leather-wrapped dash, ultrapremium leather seating, heated rear seats, power-folding outside mirrors, a power sunroof, a driver's-seat memory system, a power tilt-telescopic steering column, a power rear sunshade, Lexicon 15-speaker audio with a 6-disc CD changer and rain-sensing wipers with an auto-defogging windshield. Also included is a 7-in touchscreen navigation radio, a rear backup camera and 18-in alloy wheels.

The Technology package adds an upgraded Lexicon 17-speaker Logic 7 audio system with a 6-disc DVD changer, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, an LCD instrument cluster, an electronic parking brake with hill hold, an upgraded 8-in navigation screen with a console-mounted media control knob, a Bluetooth display, a rearview monitor, HID adaptive headlights with an auto-leveling feature, front and rear parking sensors and a ventilated driver's seat.

The Genesis 4.6 adds all the contents of the Technology package plus a power sunroof, 18-in alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, an auto windshield defogger, leather-wrapped dash and door panels, an 8-way power passenger seat, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, a power rear sunshade, 8-in touchscreen navigation, memory for the power driver's seat and premium leather seating surfaces.

The Genesis 5.0 is equipped similarly to the Genesis 4.6, but with the larger engine.

The Genesis 5.0 R-Spec adds to the 5.0 V8, a set of 19-in wheels, dark chrome headlight inserts, a performance suspension, recalibrated steering and transmission settings, and performance tires.

Pricing

The Hyundai Genesis holds slightly above-average resale figures, but given the 2012's relative newness, you should be able to get a good price on a low-mileage, well-maintained model. To get a good idea of the Genesis' price range, we suggest searching the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the following recall for the 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan:

A recall was issued for some vehicles containing brake fluid that does not protect against corrosion of the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit module.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

As for safety, the Genesis performs very well in NHTSA's crash tests, scoring five out of five stars in every crash-test category. The Genesis also received top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which lists the Genesis as a Top Safety Pick.

The 2012 Genesis left the factory with a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile transferable powertrain warranty. The 10-year/100,000-mile original powertrain warranty isn't transferable and applies only to the original owner or to cars sold under the Hyundai cerified pre-owned (CPO) program. CPO cars, which are sold through Hyundai dealers after undergoing a 150-point inspection, have their original 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty reinstated from the date the car first entered service, plus the remainder of the original bumper-to-bumper warranty.

Other Cars to Consider

2012 Chrysler 300 -- The 300 matches the Genesis for power and fuel economy, plus it offers AWD. The 300 handles better than the Genesis, but it doesn't hold its value as well and costs more when new.

2011 Lexus GS 350 -- The Lexus GS 350 holds its value better than the Genesis and is equally stylish and roomy but doesn't offer the option of a V8 engine. It will also cost more than the Genesis.

2012 BMW 5 Series -- The BMW 5 Series can match the Genesis for power and features, plus its performance abilities are superior. However, you'll pay a lot more for the privilege of the BMW flying-propeller badge.

Autotrader's Advice

The Genesis V8 models are powerful, and their fuel economy isn't far from V6 territory. However, as the V6 model is plenty potent and costs significantly less than the V8, we think the best choice is the 3.8 with the Premium and Technology package. Find one of these, and you'll have a loaded Genesis for about the same price of a base 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or Audi A6.

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