The 2013 Hyundai Genesis earns an above average Total Car Score for the Luxury Sedans & Wagons segment.
The Genesis forced the automotive world to view Hyundai in a new light when it was introduced four years ago, and it continues to receive acclaim from reviewers. Offering a level of quality and luxury at thousands less than many of its competitors, the Genesis remains a very strong contender in its class.
The Genesis sedan offers a luxurious interior, with reviewers noting nice touches like the leather trim on the dash and the well-laid-out controls. These controls include a touchscreen navigation system available in the 3.8 trim or the “Ultimate” navigation system with an 8-inch display, standard in the 5.0 R-Spec and available in the 3.8.
The interior is very roomy, easily seating five with ample head and knee room in the rear. All the seating is leather, with heated seats for all five passengers standard in the 5.0 R-Spec and optional in the 3.8 trim. In fact, most of the upscale luxury items in the 5.0 R-Spec are available on the 3.8 trim.
Only two engines are offered for the 2013 model year, with reviewers continuing to prefer the base 3.8 trim and its 3.8-liter V6 engine. The standard complaint with the 5.0 R-Spec, although praised for the speed and acceleration produced by its 429 horsepower 5.0-liter direct-injected V8, is the firm ride and less than ideal steering. The 3.8 trim packs plenty of power while maintaining a smooth ride with responsive steering.
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan sees the loss of the 4.6-liter V8 model, with the 3.8 and the 5.0 R-Spec continuing mostly unchanged.
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis is a five-passenger four-door sedan available in two trim levels, the 3.8 and 5.0 R-Spec. The Genesis Coupe is reviewed separately.
The Genesis 3.8 is paired with a 3.8-liter direct-injected V6, producing 333 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. The 5.0 R-Spec comes appropriately matched to a 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 delivering 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Both models come standard with an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.
The Genesis 3.8 trim is very well equipped, with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, or the optional 18-inch Hyper Silver alloy wheels. Standard features include leather seating, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted controls, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The 5.0 R-Spec adds 19-inch premium machine-finish alloy wheels, a power sunroof, a 17-speaker in-dash six-disc DVD changer, Bluetooth with integrated display, heated front and rear seats with ventilated driver seat, smart cruise control, a navigation system with 8-inch display and control knob, and Hyundai’s Blue Link Telematics System. All these features except for the 19-inch wheels are also available with the 3.8 trim.
Both models come with a long list of standard safety features, including eight airbags and front and rear parking sensors. A rearview camera, electronic parking brake and a lane departure warning system are standard in the 5.0 R-Spec, but available in the 3.8 trim.
The EPA estimates the fuel economy for the 3.8-liter engine to be 19 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. The 5.0-liter engine is rated at 16/25/19 mpg.
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