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2012 Hyundai Genesis

  • 2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      333/291
    • ENGINE
      3.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $34,200
  • 2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      385/333
    • ENGINE
      4.6L V8
    • MSRP
      $44,500
  • 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      429/376
    • ENGINE
      5.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $46,500
  • 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      429/376
    • ENGINE
      5.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $45,500
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2012 Hyundai Genesis Review

Stirs luxury-sedan pot again

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview
Hyundai developed its all-new Hyundai Genesis sedan to compete against Lexus and it did so by borrowing straight from the Japanese luxury brand's playbook: offer value, quality, performance, and luxury for a lower price than the established luxury brands. And for 2012, Hyundai has made the Genesis even better with the addition of a performance-themed R-Spec model and direct-injected 5.0-liter V-8 engine. The 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan comes with a choice of a 3.8-liter, 333-horspeower V-6 or two different V-8s: the first is 4.6-liters and makes 385-horsepower and the second is the all-new 5.0-liter producing a 429-horsepower. Both the 3.8 and 5.0 liter engines offer direct-injection. The 4.6-liter V-8 is port-injected, and carries over from last year. All engines are backed by a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The Genesis V-6 engine offers a competitive 29 mpg on the highway. The Genesis sedan rides on a 115.6-inch wheelbase and is 196.3 inches in length overall. It is about the same size as the Toyota Avalon, but unlike Toyota's flagship, the Genesis is rear-wheel drive. It features a roomy, well-appointed interior and comes with an impressive list of standard features for thousands less than competitive models.

The Range

Body styles: Sedan
Engines: 3.8L V-6, 4.6L V-8, 5.0L V-8
Transmissions: 8-speed automatic
Models: 3.8, 4.6, 5.0 R-Spec

What's New

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan gains a new trim level at the top of the range: the new 5.0 R-Spec, which features a larger and more powerful 5.0-liter V-8 engine. . The 4.6-liter V-8 becomes the mid-range option for the 2012 Genesis, while a new eight-speed automatic transmission replaces last year's six-speed automatic for better acceleration and fuel economy. The 3.8-liter V-6 gains direct-injection for more power and increased fuel efficiency. Headlights have been redesigned and now include LED accents. A lane departure warning system is now optional. The taillights and exhaust tips are also new. Power-folding mirrors have been added and now feature puddle lights.

Exterior

The Genesis sedan's syle is understated, yet attractive and has undergone minor updates for the 2012 model year. It sports a new more aggressive grille and front bumper. The headlights and taillights have been freshened with LED accent lighting and dark-chrome inserts added to the headlights. The rocker panels have also been updated, and the exhaust tips and rear bumper have also been revised for a sleeker look. A new twilight Blue Pearl paint replaces last year's Sapphire Blue Pearl. New 17-inch wheels are available on the 3.8-liter and the 5.0 R-Spec features unique 19-inch wheels.

Interior

Leather seats are standard on the 2012 Hyundai Genesis, and feature power eight-way adjustability on the driver's side and four-way adjustability on the front passenger side. Both front seats are heated. For 2012 new interior woodgrain colors for Black, Beige and Saddle leather interiors have been added. The Genesis sedan features a spacious and comfortable interior and large trunk.

Performance & Handling

Motor Trend testing of the Genesis with the 4.6-liter V-8 resulted in a 0-60 mph dash in 5.7 seconds and the quarter-mile passed by in 14.1 seconds at 102.2 mph. It managed to stop from 60 mph in 113 feet. Steering is smooth and precise, but, its freeway ride quality tends to be stiff. The new for 2012 5.0 R-Spec model posted faster times: 0-60 in 4.8 seconds and the quarter-mile in 13.3 second at 107.1 mph. Handling for the 5.0 R-Spec is composed, but feels more sports car-like than luxury sedan-like.

Safety

Standard safety on the 2012 Genesis sedan includes ventilated front discs, solid rears, with four-channel, four-sensor ABS, brake assist, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), traction control, and tire-pressure monitoring. Front airbags, dual front side-impact airbags, rear side-impact airbags, and front and rear side curtains are also standard. Electronic active head restraints help prevent whiplash. New for 2012 is a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) available on the 3.8 Technology package, 4.6 and 5.0 R-Spec models. It also features eight sensors on the front and rear bumpers combined with a rear backup camera to help with parking.

EPA Fuel Economy

3.8L: 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway
4.6L: 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway
5.0L: 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Smooth, generous power
  • Impressive value
  • Quality interior materials
  • Good fuel economy
  • Excellent transmission

You Won't Like

  • Nervous ride
  • Odd-looking grille
  • More cruiser than sport sedan

Sum Up

Stirs luxury-sedan pot again

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