This car is a great weekend car but gets poor gas mileage since it's a V8 which we knew when we bought it. Do not buy if you have a far distance to work or driving a lot of miles every day. This is a great weekend car!
Ok, after living with it a few years, my review is less than stellar as revised. I started having issues with the drivetrain. I can hear and feel a thump between first and second gear. Also, the car has cut its power after the last dealer software update. They won’t admit it, but I know it’s just not the same car. I suspect they cut the motor power to make it in line with the newer 5.0 motor’s reduced power. I sold this car and purchased a Chrysler 300 hemi instead. I just feel like the hemi power is an established product and the Genesis is a one off project with questionable durability. A good car, but get ready for major repair bills.
I drove the Mercedes e350 and s550, the BWM 550 and 328i, the Lexus 460, the Cadillac CTS 3.6 platinum, Infinity M, and the Lincoln mkX. I was looking for a powerful, quiet, competent, and good handling replacement for my DTS Cadillac. I have recently owned a BMW z4 and 330i.
No matter what the reviews say, I get nearly 30MPG highway (28-29).
I replaced the stock continental tires with Michelins and the car got even quieter. I measured it with the spl meter on the iphone. It is now just as quiet as a Lexus, but with way more guts and glory. it does not have the intuitively rewarding handling that the e/s Mercedes or the BMWs, but is you are looking for something between the BMW 550 or S550 and the Lexus with a much better stereo and no stigma, this is it!
Note - the new (2015) Cadillac CTS 3.6 was amazing - I looked at my wife during the test drive and I quickly deduced I would have to fight to drive it, It is a very appealing and great performing car with the best stereo ever devised in an automobile. Check it out...way to go Bose/Cadillac. Lexus Mark Levinson pales in comparison! By the way, the caddy is my favorite car of all I drove and mentioned, but the dealer was way overpriced on these. They wanted nearly $40k for a used one. I bought this my second favorite/second place Genesis R Spec for 26K with only 25k miles! It is a steal!
Great car, blast to drive! Good looking car, most of the time no-one can figure out who makes the car. When I tell them it's a Hyundai they're dumbfounded. Took it to a 4th of July car show and won 3rd place in the Import Car class! Not bad for a 4 door.
My favorite feature is the engine. 429 horsepower and rear wheel drive make this a car that is fun to drive. The car handles great in the corners and will even drift and burn rubber quite easily. Anyone that likes to drive and have fun this is the car for you!
My biggest complaint is that there is no 'sport' switch for the transmission. The tranny is slow to shift up or down and using manual mode is worse than letting the car do the shifting by itself. Hyundai needs to improve the tranny so it can be used as a true sport sedan. My other complaint is that the 'ESC OFF' button doesn't actually turn off the traction control. It just bumps up the parameters so the traction control doesn't kick in as soon as it normally would. Be careful if you need a quick acceleration from a dead stop with the 'ESC' on. If so, be ready to be jerked around harshly if the computer senses any lose of traction. Hyundai desperately needs to address these issues.
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.
Command knob with Nav, XM, Ipod, CD & DVD control!
Love the fold in mirrors and power rear shade!
LEXICON sound WHOA!!
AWD! c'mon Hyundai!
Google Mapping and Cooled front passenger seat.
Transmission response (sport mode maybe?).