2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Sedan (3.8L 6-cyl. RWD 8-speed Auto)
Driven On 9/13/2011
This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
Hyundai has built a reputation and earned a place at the adults' table by offering more car for less money. Perhaps more than any other Hyundai, the Genesis sedan best represents these core values with its luxury-car size, comfort, performance, features and all at a low price.
PerformanceEngine modifications for 2012 increased power (333 hp) and fuel economy (28 mpg hwy). While our testing did not show dramatic improvements in either measure, a new 8-speed automatic transmission did improve drivability. Who needs a V8?
In Edmunds performance testing, the 3.8L V6 took the Genesis from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds which is average for the class. Opt for either V8 and it's downright quick.
Low rolling resistance tires trade ultimate grip and braking capability for some mpg. Ample brake cooling ensures good fade characteristics.
Consistent with luxury car expectations, the steering is friction-free and precise. Good response when needed and self-centering when you don't.
The Genesis is a deceptively nimble sedan. Precise steering, very good balance, and intuitive reactions from the car increase driver confidence.
There are few cars as well mannered and easy to drive from the moment you select Drive. It has an effortless ability to feel confident and at home in any situation.
ComfortExceptionally good overall comfort with soft/supportive seating, well isolated ride and whisper-quiet interior.
Well-contoured and amply cushioned seats provide the kind of comfort one expects in a luxury car. Truly enough room for five.
Without a doubt, a comfortable, isolated ride is one of the Genesis' strong suits, enveloping nearly every road surface with a sophisticated, well-tuned suspension.
Wind and engine noise are handily muted with acoustic side glass and windshield. Tire noise is negligible and surface dependent. This car is very quiet compared to competitors.
InteriorWith a spare and elegant design, the Genesis interior offers sound ergonomics, plenty of passenger room and ample luggage capacity.
Even with both Premium and Technology packages, buttons are clearly labeled, located logically and grouped well. The rotary controller is also intuitive for infotainment controls.
Typically generous Large-Car doors offer easy access. Programmable easy-entry motorized, driver seat/steering column is optional.
The Genesis sedan qualifies for EPA Large-Car status and it feels like it with ample room front and rear for a total of 5 passengers.
Typical, traditional sedan sightlines can be augmented with parking sensors, a back-up camera, lane departure and collision warnings, plus adaptive cruise control.
The large 15.9 cu-ft trunk has a pass-thru, accommodating long-item capability. Interior has generously sized bins and cubbies.
ValueValue is Hyundai's trump card. Base model Genesis sedans, such as the 3.8, are still competitively priced with high quality and features throughout, but high-end V8 models tip-toe into European sedan territory.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Buying a Hyundai was once considered risky, hence the generous warranty, however, those days have passed. The Hyundai Genesis is well built, especially so for the price.
All the expected items are included with the base 3.8 trim, and all the luxury car gizmos are available within comprehensive and fairly priced option packages.
The Genesis sedan model range begins at about $34K with the 3.8, but takes a big jump to $44K with the V8-powered sedans. If you want a V8, expect to pay for it.
Rated by the EPA at 18 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined, we struggled to meet these modest estimates with our own test car.
One of the industry's best warranties, period. Hyundai provides a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty that includes roadside assistance plus 10-yr/100,000-mi powertrain coverage.
Free scheduled maintenance (5yrs/50Kmi) with valet pick-up and/or loaner car. We owned a Hyundai Genesis sedan for a year that was trouble-free and full of compliments.
Fun To DriveDespite its sedate looks, the Genesis sedan can be hustled with gusto. The fact that many people might not know that it's a Hyundai also makes it fun.
Silent running, surrounded by luxurious features, and with much of the dynamic capability and confidence usually associated with a more dedicated sport sedan.
Choosing a Hyundai Genesis sedan over more obvious choices from Japan or Europe would suggest you value luxury and style, but are less concerned with appearances.
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