Engine modifications for 2012 increased power (333 hp) and fuel economy (29 hwy mpg). While our testing did not show dramatic improvements in either measure, a new 8-speed automatic transmission did improve drivability. Who needs a V8?
Suspension and chassis modifications improve handling without sacrificing ride quality. However, last year's grippy tires have been replaced with low rolling-resistance tires that trade ultimate grip and braking capability for some mpg.
Without a doubt, a comfortable, isolated ride is one of the Genesis' strong suits. It envelops nearly every road surface it encounters with sophisticated suspension damping and ample tire sidewall cushioning.
Wind and engine noise are handily muted with acoustic side glass and windshield. Tire noise is negligible and surface dependent. Overall, this car is quiet compared to competitors.
Even with both Premium and Technology packages, the car's ergonomics are sound. Buttons are clearly labeled, located logically, and grouped well. The rotary knob/controller is also intuitive for infotainment controls. Bluetooth phone, not audio.
Typical sedan site lines can be augmented with parking sensors, a back-up camera, lane departure and collision warnings, plus adaptive cruise control.
Seat Access & Space
The Genesis qualifies for EPA Large-Car status and it feels like it with ample room front and rear with easy access. Programmable easy-entry motorized, driver seat/steering column is optional.
Cargo & Storage
The 15.9 cu-ft trunk is large and rear seats fold to expand cargo capability. Interior
Tight body-panel gaps and interior seams, redundant door and window seals, and not a single squeak from interior panels.
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