2014 Genesis New Car Test Drive
The Hyundai Genesis sedan offers smart styling, solid build quality and upmarket features at compelling price points. Genesis is rear-wheel drive, offers V6 and V8 engines and seats five.
The Genesis sedan was last redesigned for the 2009 model year. Genesis received a major upgrade for 2012, with revised styling, new direct-injection engines and a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
Changes for 2013 are more modest but still significant. The 2013 Genesis offers a new navigation option incorporating Bluetooth telematics. The mid-range, 4.6-liter V8 is gone, and the 5.0-liter V8 is now available only on the performance-oriented Genesis R-Spec model.
Equipped with the standard 333-horsepower 3.8-liter V6, the 2013 Genesis is rated at an EPA-estimated 18/28 mpg City/Highway, or 22 mpg Combined. Hyundai's 8-speed transmission offers manual shifting capability, dubbed Shiftronic. More gears, in addition to skip-shift technology, help to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.
With its 5.0-liter engine, the 2013 Genesis R-Spec cranks out a class-competitive 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. It's capable of a 0-60 mph time in just over five seconds while still achieving a respectable estimated 25 mpg EPA Highway rating. Genesis R-Spec also gets a sport-tuned suspension, steering and transmission along with 19-inch alloy wheels and unique headlamp trim.
The Genesis sedan is best compared with the Chrysler 300 and Buick LaCrosse. Features and performance, however, are on par with luxury models such as the Lexus GS, Lincoln MKS and Cadillac CTS. The 5.0 R-Spec proves to be a good contender with the likes of the Infiniti M56 at a much lower sticker price.
Also compelling is Hyundai's Assurance trade-in value guarantee, which assigns a future value to a vehicle at the time of purchase, based on a 24- to 48-month time frame. This guaranteed value can then be applied to a future Hyundai trade-in, as long as it's within the 24- to 48-month period. Even if the car is worth more than projected at the time of trade-in, the customer gets the higher amount.
Whether it's a true luxury car in the minds of buyers, the Hyundai Genesis in all its incarnations remains a top choice, both on paper and on the road.
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis ($34,200) comes standard with leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, fog lights, heated power outside mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power accessories, power heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt function, steering wheel-mounted controls, cruise control, Bluetooth handsfree phone system, seven-speaker audio with CD player, SiriusXM radio capability and USB, iPod and auxiliary connectivity, 17-inch alloy wheels.
Options are rolled into two packages: The Premium Package ($4,800) upgrades to 18-inch alloy wheels and adds a glass sunroof, power-folding outside mirrors, integrated memory system for seats and mirrors, rearview camera, rain sensing wipers with auto defogger windshield, power rear sunshade, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, leather dash and door trim, and DVD navigation with 7-inch display and XM NavTraffic (including 90-day trial subscription), as well as a premium Lexicon 14-speaker audio system with surround sound. The Technology Package ($4,300) requires the Premium Package and adds adaptive HID xenon headlights, front and rear park assist systems, lane departure warning system, smart cruise control, an electronic parking brake, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated driver's seat, heated rear seats, Ultimate Navigation with 8-inch display, and a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system with HD radio and 6-disc CD changer. New for 2013 are Blue Link telematics, with an integrated display for the Bluetooth phone system.
Genesis R-Spec ($46,800) comes with all of the above, while upgrading to 19-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS), and auto-dimming outside mirrors. Visual distinction is added by unique headlamps with dark chrome inserts, a chrome molding at the bottom edge of the doors, and R-Spec badging inside and out.
Safety features on all 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedans include eight airbags including front and rear seat-mounted side-impact bags and side-curtain airbags, electronic active front head restraints, four-wheel, anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control. Rearview camera is optional.