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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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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Recalls
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EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Nov 07 2014
A following vehicle may not recognize that the vehicle is slowing or coming to a stop if the stop lamps on the vehicle do not illuminate as expected. There is an increased risk of a rear-end crash as a result.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2009-2011 Hyundai Genesis vehicles manufactured April 30, 2008, to November 21, 2010, and 2011 Hyundai Equus vehicles manufactured July 31, 2010, to November 21, 2010. Due to a circuit failure, the stop lamps in the affected vehicles may not illuminate.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will repair the stop lamp switch circuit, free of charge. Hyundai issued an interim notification to owners on January 6, 2015. The recall began on March 23, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 125.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V713000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42925
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FLUID
Oct 29 2013
If the module corrodes, reduced brake effectiveness may result, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Genesis vehicles manufactured April 30, 2008, through March 28, 2012. The vehicles may contain brake fluid which does not protect against corrosion of the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU).
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners and instruct them to bring their vehicle to a dealer for service. Hyundai will inspect the HECU module for proper operation, and will replace the modules as necessary. Hyundai will replace the factory brake fluid in those vehicles that have not previously had the factory brake fluid replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. The recall began on December 24, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151 or by email at consumeraffairs@hmausa.com. Hyundai's recall number is 114.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V489000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 43500
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
Apr 01 2013
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake transmission shift interlock feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V113000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1712336
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