The 2012 Hyundai Genesis earned a very strong Total Car Score, indicative of the automaker's determination to build a high quality and competitive product in this well-established segment.
Reviewers have been impressed with the Genesis sedan ever since it was launched three years ago. The four-door receives compliments for offering high levels of standard equipment, strong engines and excellent value. As noted by several publications, it competes with luxury sedans costing $15,000 more.
Interestingly enough, most of the praise is for the standard six-cylinder model. Many complain the range-topping eight-cylinder Genesis sedans aren't worth the jump in price or fuel economy penalty (especially when the standard V6 models may be configured nearly identically). And there is no all-wheel drive option. It's also worth noting that brand recognition, and prestige, for this Hyundai-badged sedan is not at the levels of more traditional luxury brands.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan was all-new three years ago. The first-generation sedan is joined by a flagship high performance 5.0-liter R-Spec model for 2012, and all versions of the sedan receive an upgraded eight-speed transmission.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis is sold only as a five-passenger four-door sedan (not to be confused with the Genesis Coupe, which shares the same basic platform but is a completely different vehicle covered separately). There are three versions: Genesis Sedan 3.8, Genesis Sedan 4.6 and Genesis Sedan 5.0 R-Spec.
Conveniently, the numbers in the nomenclature indicate engine size — thus making it easy to determine the model lineup. The standard 3.8-liter, six-cylinder, is rated at 333 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. Bumping up to the 4.6-liter V8 delivers 378 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. The new flagship 5.0-liter model is rated at 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. All Genesis sedans are fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.
All Genesis models are well appointed, even in base trim, as all share the same basic equipment level, with the exception of the 5.0 R-Spec. In standard configuration, all are fitted with leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry/ignition, Bluetooth phone connectivity and full power accessories. Optional equipment packages include the Premium package (18-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, a power rear sunshade and navigation) and the Technology package (HID headlights, adaptive cruise control, ventilated seats and upgraded upholstery). The Genesis 4.6 is differentiated by its wood/leather steering wheel while the 5.0 R-Spec features 19-inch alloys, a sport-tuned suspension and recalibrated steering.
The EPA estimates the 2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 will earn will earn 19 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 22 combined. The Genesis 4.6 delivers an estimated 17 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 20 combined while the performance-oriented Genesis 5.0 R-Spec is also rated at 17/26/20.
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