What It Is
A premium midsize sedan.
Extremely quiet cabin and comfortable seats.
Refinement wasn't up to par with its luxury competitors.
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis has yet to get the recognition it needs to stay afloat in a crowded segment.
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis slots underneath the luxury Equus sedan in the Hyundai lineup, and is the latest installment in what the brand hopes to become its premium or luxury models. Stacked up against the likes of the Lexus ES 350 and Cadillac CTS, the Genesis is no doubt the underdog. Both brands have a long-established luxury history that propels them forward in the segment.
But that's not to say the 2015 Genesis isn't a strong competitor. Loaded up with standard features to rival those of its more renowned competitors, the Genesis delivers an experience that is comfortable, quiet, and rather enjoyable. Read on to learn more of what we thought about our time behind the wheel of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0.
What We DroveThe 2015 Hyundai Genesis comes with a price tag of $38,000, while the 5.0 starts at $51,500 before destination charges. Loaded with features, we didn't have to add on too many to push the Genesis into relative luxury status. For an additional $3,250, we added on a heads-up display, premium navigation with larger display, a Lexicon 17-speaker sound system, power trunk lid, continuous damping control suspension, and dual air conditioning with CO2 sensor.
Standard features included 19-inch alloy wheels, power tilt and slide panoramic sunroof, HID auto headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, front and rear park assist system, smart cruise control with stop/start capability, Hyundai Blue Link infotainment system, and much more. Safety features included nine standard airbags, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking.
The CommuteThe 2015 Hyundai Genesis seems to glide down the road, as the interior is surprisingly quiet. We've only ever found this level of sound deadening in the likes of the Lexus LS, and although it's not at that level, it surpasses its competition. The seats are comfortable and supportive for that bumper-to-bumper traffic, and soft-touch and harder plastics can be found in the interior.
The infotainment system had a little bit of a learning curve, but once everything was synced up, we were ready to go. The navigation was easy to use, and while we like it when a system displays the directions from top to bottom, we eventually got used to the bottom to top flow of the Genesis.
The Grocery RunGoing to the grocery store or shopping mall with the 2015 Genesis is a great idea. It offers a cavernous trunk that can fit almost anything you'd need to throw back there. A shopping spree from South Coast Plaza and loading up with a week's worth of groceries is no problem for the Hyundai Genesis, thanks to the 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space. Added to that, the use of the backup camera made it easy to navigate in and out of spots, and the blind spot monitoring provided that extra help when our vision became obscured by cars and shrubs.
The Weekend FunThe Genesis isn't your typical weekend fun or road trip car, but it shouldn't be overlooked. Its comfortable ride and plenty of storage space lend it well to almost any activity. We're not saying load it up with surfboards and beach gear and spend a day at the beach, but for those longer drives and weekend getaways, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis handles itself well.
Getting out on the open road, we were really able to see what this car is capable of. With three driving modes--Eco, Normal, and Sport--the driver is in charge of the performance. When driving around the city, Eco mode proved to be beneficial in conserving fuel economy slightly, while Sport mode was almost grin-worthy. The paddle shifters made the experience that much better, and with the strong acceleration, we couldn't complain too much.
SummaryThe 2015 Hyundai Genesis is one of those cars that you don't think about when considering a luxury sedan. And for good reason. It fades to the background against the likes of the Lexus ES 350 and Cadillac CTS. But after a week behind the wheel, we feel the Genesis is a good alternative to the more expensive models, with more standard features.
And while this car may not stand out, it's a silent competitor that may--with more brand recognition--steal away some customers looking for more bang for their buck. However, the level of refinement isn't quite at the luxury mark, but it's right there with just a few more tweaks. If you're in the market for a luxury sedan, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis should definitely be on your list. And if you're on a budget, the entry Genesis 3.8 provides a good alternative.
Spec BoxPrice-as-tested: $55,700
EPA City: 15
EPA Highway: 23
EPA Combined: 18
Cargo Space: 15.3 cubic feet
Child Seat Fitment, Second Row: Excellent
Estimated Combined Range: 365 miles
Intellichoice Cost of Ownership: N/A