The Hyundai Genesis rivals high-end luxury sedans, but costs considerably less. Its luxuriously spacious interior and quietness far transcended its relatively modest price. We were also impressed with its smooth, punchy powertrain and excellent brakes. Handling is sound, but this is no sports sedan.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Hyundai Genesis rivals high-end luxury sedans, but costs considerably less. Its luxuriously spacious interior and quietness far transcended its relatively modest price. We were also impressed with its smooth, punchy powertrain and excellent brakes. Handling is sound, but this is no sports sedan. The only real drawback is its ride, which can be unsettled at times and doesn't live up to the standards set by other luxury cars.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.8-liter V6 (290 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (378 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (385 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Hyundai Genesis owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Camera failed and was replaced under warranty"

H O., SC (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"intermittently failed"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Camera basically stopped working, blurry and odd colours. Very expensive do replace. Gave me a deal and put part on Warranty....saved me $900"

Max B., ON (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"camera picture became distorted. Camera was replaced under warrenty"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"camera worked off and on from 2weeks after I bought the car. because the shop could not pinpoint which electronic device was bad they did nothing. warranty replacement march 2015"

Stan C., TN (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
CD player

"Would not accept CD's. Problem was fixed (CD replaced) by dealer without cost under warranty"

Emil H., GA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Does not automatically change CDs after last song is played"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Screen mounted so in daylight can't read - it is useless. Display too bright at night - distracting -won't dim enough"

Malcolm L., TX (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"any time the sun in on the screen, you cannot see the image"

Dennis T., CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Navigation / Touch screen display is major issue. System freezes about 10-15% of time. Unclear what causes, and only way to restart is to stop vehicle to reboot system. Freezes in different ways, and super frustrating to lose many functions"

Warren W., TX (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"On startup the Navigation system sometimes but not always would not Boot up and would stay frozen. Eventually the system would become operational"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"about a quarter of the time, when we turn on the car we cannot activate the GPS, and cannot see out the back camera"

Mark F., FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The control for all screen functions had to be replaced. Part had to shipped from Korea"

R J., TN (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"selection menu takes longer to find a song than inserting a CD, loading the CD, & selecting a song from CD, combined"

Anthony O., CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"The entire GPS,Radio,Bluetooth/phone interface system failed == replaced twice. first time dealer ordered wrong part"

Stanley B., CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"When the in dash system failed to boot up, the navigation system would not operate and a blank screen would appear"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The navigation system tells you the distances to the next few exits. As the closest exit was approaching the distance to that was accurate but the distance to the next few exits was no longer calculated until it, in fact, was the next exit"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"warranty- map update-THREE hours. $300 dollars & THREE hours for each update requested. I mounted my Garmin on the windshield. Life time updates $89!!"

Stan C., TN (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Several people could not mate phone with blue tooth - so no voice commands or addresses"

Malcolm L., TX (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Bluetooth pairing is a major disappointment. When paired system is OK. However, the success rate is maybe 70%. Pairing sometimes happens when nearing vehicle, and will "hijack" phone calls"

Warren W., TX (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"They have changed out the head unit three times since we purchased this car because of phone issues with car"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The phone pairing stopped working for a short period after it was originally set up. We set it up again and it appears to be working fine now"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Radio

"A lot of static on number of stations. Service compares them to other similar radios to determine if there is a difference. To me it is comparing a defective item to another defective item"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Volume knob has broken three different times. It is made from cheap plastic"

Douglas W., GA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"volume shut off while I was adjusting phone blue tooth and came back on two hours later after I turned car off and on a few times"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Worst AM/FM reception of all car radios I've heard. XM reception is perfect"

Anthony O., CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"twice would not come on"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The system will freeze and radio and XM will not work at all. Many times the radio and XM crackle with the sound"

David L., VA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Radio will occasionally go on when the car is started. (Then takes two pushes of the on-off button to turn off.)"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"AM/FM reception is the worst of any of many previous vehicles driven. Radio selector doesn't work any more and stuck on idiot warning screen"

Anthony O., CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"I have had several instances where the sound system in totality seemingly goes dead. No sound is heard from the entertainment system, nav system satellite radio. Was told may the dealer that the system is a windows ce operating system, which I'm told can crash stopping all sound from the car speakers. So far, disconnecting the battery has resolved the issue when it happens. It's a known bug that Hyundai has extended the warranty for"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Many times does not respond and many times is unable to recognized the command"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"power windows fail to work, sometimes will roll down, then not roll up until the ignition is turned off, and then on again, and most times will begin working at that point"

Dennis T., CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Smart cruise would not stay on"

T C., TX (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"The automatic cruise control distance feature wouldn't engage; therefore, the whole system didn't function"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Headlights

"light control switch on left steering pillar would malfunction during dimming and headlights would go completely dark"

Harwell S., KY (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"lights will go off when turning. not all of the time"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Adaptive Headlights can flicker off when using turn signal while in the turn itself. Need to have turn signal stalk replaced (as I understand it) to resolve the issue"

Fred N., FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"When using turn signal, headlites woud occasionally & momentarily go out. Switg as'y replaced.-Problem resolved"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"automatic headlights would turn off when signaling a lane change"

Terry O., FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Headlights often would go out for a few seconds when using the turn signal"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Recall for bad brake light switch which could cause the brake lights to not work"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Defective diode in taillight system"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"brake lights go out"

Anonymous, NV (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"blinker light and lock on rear door"

Judy C., AL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"The preset seat adjustment in position #2 only returns about 3" which makes it difficult to enter because my short wife uses #2 and I can't fit because it's too tight. I have to manually move the seat back"

John M., FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"INTERIOR DASHBOARD LIGHTS BLINK ON/OFF WITH NO APPARENT FREQUENCY"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Two electric door lock actuators failed"

K H., OR (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Key FOB stopped working even after battery was replaced"

Terry O., FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"too sensitive, have to go in for a 0ne psi out of spec condition regularly"

Anonymous, NV (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
USB port

"The USB doesn't produce enough voltage to recharge my cell phone"

John M., FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Had brake pedal on 4 occasions in one day, once the next day,, go ALMOST to floor. ABS valve replaced. No problem since. Service unable to duplicate problem prior to repair"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"ABS light is on constantly. Mechanic says it is a sensor in the ABS control unit which costs $2000 to replace. It is absurd to have to replace a computer board at that price to fix a safety issue"

Jeff C., SC (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Received a recall on the brake light system that and was told a $1500 part had failed that was not covered by the warranty or recall. My local dealer convinced Hyundai to replace it so only costs were labor"

Kathleen D., AL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Parking brake

"Premature wear from an unkown source. The back wheels locked up / chattered and when this happened I called for a tow"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Experienced failure of the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit causing brakes to not work. However, even though car was out of warranty (5 1/2 years old and 67,000+ miles), Hyundai covered the HECU part and labor to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Serious rattle on cold startup. After 3 visits, Dealer found faulty oil pressure buildup. Hyundai authorized engine replacement. Work not completed yet"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"piston rings failed due to oil pump failure. Although out of warranty Hyundai paid for most of the repair cost"

Michael L., NJ (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Timing belt or chain

"Timing Belt tensioners had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Chain adjusters"

D O., FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"This was probably part of the whole issue, but not the whole thing"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Especially cold, about 10 miles, turning curves while moving was very difficult. When stopped and then turning, turn would be fine. Took car dealership doing what we told him to try before they could see the problem. Replaced the front steering c"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Power steering intermittent then failed. Could drive but difficult at low speed"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint on a window pillar has rubbed or worn. The best fix the dealer could offer was for me to tape and spray paint the pillar. Very unsatisfactory"

Lindsay B., NC (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"The paint on the rear bumper revealed primer coat in some areas. Dealer repainted bumper under warranty at no cost to me"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"most exterior painted plastic......paint is blistering, turning yellow, and then falling off...example: front and rear bumpers, grill surround, trim pieces on doors and side of body...this is white pearl in color"

Dennis T., CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The moon roof stopped working and was difficult to get repaired. they had to remove the entire headliner and moonroof. had wind noise after which they resolved"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"irritating rattle in seat belt raise/lower mechanism. Was told not a solvable problem"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"The AC would only work periodically for the last year and the problem could not be duplicated/identified after 3 trips to the dealer service department. Finally, after contacting Hyundai corporate customer service, the local dealer basically dismant"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"AC center console rear passenger vents only blow hot air or no air when AC is on"

Anthony O., CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Idler pulley bearing was bad"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"first start in the morning...cold engine...horrible loud knocking that goes away in 2 or 3 seconds of running...researched on internet, discovered cause...timing chain hydraulic tensioners lose oil, hence timing chain is loose until oil pressure resumes on startup...has been a redesign by Hyundai, but Hyundai Corporate denies the problem exists"

Dennis T., CA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"trans died. replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Hole in radiator! Very rare. And bad fuel pump. On Y fuel pump covered by warrantee"

James B., CT (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

"window controls went out several times"

Bryan S., TX (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Stability control (ESC)

"ESC and ABS lights are on constantly (both together). Sensor error is the cause and the cost is $2000 to replace the ABS/ESC controller module"

Jeff C., SC (2011 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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