Used 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec Consumer Reviews
429 HP! 429 HP! Unbelievable size engine for this beautiful car! Hyundai engineers out did themselves on the exterior design, moderate pass on interior (what's with the Accent Steering wheel?). Can't complain, you get a lot of stuff for this price! Lexus pfft! MB pfft! BMW pfft! For this price you can't go wrong! Outstanding value! Outstanding Warranty! This car averages about 21 MPG in our first 800 miles? Not bad for 429 HP!! Sound system is INCREDIBLE! 17 speakers put you in another world! Harmon Kaden, Bose & Fender have nothing on this Lexicon system.
For as long as I can remember, my ideal car was going to be a BMW 5 Series, but all that changed with Genesis. After test driving BMW & Lexus, and seriously considering a2012 Dodge SRT8 Charger I went with the Genesis 5.0. The 550i was in the mid $60K, and although the SRT8 was tempting the 2012 R-Spec had the entire package I was looking for, especially since I opted for the Bridgestone summer tires. The ride is moderately harsh but I live in SW FL and our roads are pristine, and coming out of a '08 Sonata Limited I welcome the cornering ability. No company can beat Hyundai's warranty, reliability, and service. I'm 100% satisfied although I think the R-Spec should've included an iPod.
I have owned my 5.0 R-Spec for 10 months and the car lives up to everything Hyundai said the car would be. There are reviews out there giving the car a medicore rating. I completely disagree with them. The interior is well thought out and the leather is of a high quality. All of the instruments and navigation systems are easy to use. The engine is very responsive and will pin your back into the seat when floored. Cornering is improved with the upgraded suspension. Overall the ride is quiet and comfortable. The Genesis is very sporty for a luxury car though it is not a true sports car. The Genesis is more of a luxury car and a muscle car combined. Still makes me smile!
From the age of 19 yrs, I have driven BMWs. I have never or will suggest ever buying a new BMW when they have been such a great value to buy used in great condition with service records. My first was bought in 1975 and it was a 1972 2002. Back then they were relatively inexpensive, simple and far from a status symbol but extremely FUN to drive, easily repaired and modified, safe and they fit my 6'5" frame. I have owned every model at least once thru the years and my final two were the largest model...the 7 series from 1989 and 2000 featuring the longest wheelbase that the "il" model offered. This gave rear passengers lots of legroom and I never had to move my seat forward for anyone. For years and years nothing drove like a BMW as the car set the bar so high, but in recent years some manufacturers have gotten pretty close with all of the equities that BMW had the lock for so long. I only will consider a rear wheel drive car so that rules out a lot of choices. The Genesis came out in 2009 and right out of the box I knew they were on to something. My friends had owned a few 5 series BMWs and they bought the first one and it impressed us all. Safety, fit and finish, skid pad performance and above all it was a huge value saving over 20-25% over comparable BMW 5 series and Mercedes E class models. And they are RELIABLE. Fast forward to this month when my tried and true, but not always reliable 2000 BMW 740il was not 20 years old with 258,000 miles (in Arizona the cars here stay looking good and as parts wear out you just replace them. I do all my own work for all maintenance and always have. This is how I can afford to keep them. I also bought them at 5 years old with 100-110K miles with CPO records from the factory, so I got a great value never spending more than $15k for a 70K valued vehicle). For a few years I sold cars for Carmax and with that offered extended service plans. Carmax only sells reconditioned cars/trucks that they certify, and the service plan premiums are priced according to the amount of claims paid per model of vehicle. The more reliable the vehicle, the lower the cost. Simple enough. I took the time to chart the premiums of similar class vehicles, so the Camry, Avalon, Accord, Altima, Malibu, Impala, Genesis all had the least expensive service plans based on mileage and age for the exact same coverage. The Genesis was tied with the Camry for least expensive, so it was easy to make the conclusion that the reliability was a given, and the performance spoke for itself. When I just bought the 2012 Genesis R-Spec I was pleasantly surprised having not yet driven one. It rivals today's BMW 540i twin turbo with all the features. The R-Spec has the 429hp engine for quick/fast performance, the firm suspension very similar to the 540i, mostly all the options, the fit and finish, the lateral Gs on the skid pad and a fraction of the price when bought used. More rear legroom than the 5 series and most in its class, too. It's a win-win! Mine is a one owner, garage kept, never hit or painted nice car. Bought via private party for less than a quarter of the original purchase price of nearly $49K ,it is the deal of the day. Research shows it has great reliability, too. I have owned and driven it for around 10 days and I am so much more than pleased! Highly recommended. I am back to a high level of driving satisfaction and joy like never before.. I will not miss my BMWs but will always be glad to have owned those I did.