2012 Hyundai Genesis Consumer Review: 2012 Genesis R-Spec 5.0

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2012 Genesis R-Spec 5.0
By bheitert on


2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 8A)


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.

Best Features

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!

Worst Features

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.
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