A credible luxury car, the Genesis has much to offer. It's quiet, roomy and well-equipped. Further, the Hyundai's nicely finished cabin has unusually accommodating rear seats. The powertrain delivers plenty of punch, with either the V6 tested here, or the V8 we tested previously. A 2012 update boosted the V6's horsepower and added an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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

Worse Better
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

A credible luxury car, the Genesis has much to offer. It's quiet, roomy and well-equipped. Further, the Hyundai's nicely finished cabin has unusually accommodating rear seats. The powertrain delivers plenty of punch, with either the V6 tested here, or the V8 we tested previously. A 2012 update boosted the V6's horsepower and added an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy moved up fractionally, to a respectable 22 mpg. Handling is sound, but this is no sports sedan. The ride improved, but still falls a little short of the best in this class. The V8 engine is only slightly quicker and degrades fuel economy by about two mpg.

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
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.8-liter V6 (333 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (429 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 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

"the back up camera comes up in reverse but without guidelines then a few seconds later it blacks out for a second that comes back with guidelines showing. Dangerous situation"

Thomas B., LA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Camera fails intermittently, particularly in hot weather. Have not been able to duplicate problem at dealership service"

William P., AZ (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"needed new camera"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Screen flickers, becomes staticky, or blue screens"

C M., MO (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 5.0-L V8)
CD player

"terrible sound quality. 2007 azera was great. genesis very poor....reminds me of AM radio's of the 50's"

Donald S., FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Beginning sounds of words are missing. I hear e and don't know if it was HE or SHE for example. They replaced the unit and it still is not corrected. Very difficult to listen to recorded books"

M D., VA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None Unsure)

"It did not play the CD"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The CD player quit working"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Sun lite problem"

Donald J., GA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The display sits too far out and is constantly washed out by bright daylight or sun. It should be recessed further into the dash. The 'agree' button is too difficult to touch readily and also it would seem unnecessary to constantly accept the fact th"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"bluetooth would squalk loudly over the speakers. satellite radio would intermittently stop working. display screen would freeze"

Andrew S., IL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 5.0-L V8)

"The radio would be playing and the ability to change the station operational. The screen would start blanking; then, the screen would go black"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"entertainment screen would freeze"

Andrew S., IL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 5.0-L V8)

"The display screen froze up/went blank numerous times. Dealer replaced the item and it works well now"

Troy P., FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"No display for nav, audio, heating/ac, back up camera"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The radio would play. At least once or twice a week, the screen wood go black or blink black out and come back on"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Blue-Tooth connected phone cuts off whenever it receives a call. It rings once or twice, then disconnects the call"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 5.0-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The system would drop the call at times and freeze at other times"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"SPORATIC SLOW STARTUP OF GPS PREVENTING USE OF GPS, BACKUP CAMERA, AND RADIO"

Frederick L., TX (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Only used it three times. Didn't get me anywhere near where I was going"

M D., VA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None Unsure)

"Sometimes when the car is started the nav system shows a distance radiance of 250 miles. When I turned the car off it was showing 1/4 mile. Talked to shop and they do nothing"

P B., MS (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"needed the map updated by dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Bluetooth loses connection and I have to manually input the phone"

George T., NY (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"If you are connected to blue tooth and listening to the radio or CD, when you get a telephone call and when you answer it, the volume on the radio and/or CD does not decrease, making it difficult to talk and even hear the phone ring"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Bluetooth works only sometimes. When on the phone on Bluetooth and you turn the car off the phone goes dead also when you exit the car the phone will go dead. The Bluetooth controls are difficult to operate"

P B., MS (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"If I'm using my phone on the bluetooth and I turn the motor off the phone goes dead. If I get out of the car while on bluetooth I lose connection. Dealer says "he cannot duplicate the problem""

P B., MS (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"When talking on the phone using Bluetooth the person on the other end of the call usually can't hear me so I have to click off Bluetooth"

Michael F., MO (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Radio

"terrible sound quality"

Donald S., FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The XM radio antennae failed and had to be replaced"

Darryl A., CA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"When I start it up sometimes I have to turn off the radio and then back on so the Sirius will play . Other times the radio plays fine as soon as the car is started"

George T., NY (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"A.M. Band has very poor reception. Lots of 'hash' and very limited range"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"AM & FM do not work. SeriusXM changes stations sometimes when I turn off the motor and return to re-start the car"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 5.0-L V8)

"Finally replaced the head unit on the stereo system. The original unit never had any sound output to the amplifier for the rear speakers. Hyundai was aware of this problem and had the dealers lie about this problem to avoid replacing them"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Entire system had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"HD radio stations used to work and stopped. Satellite radio works fine. If you click on FM or AM you get no sound... until you hit seek and then it will find a station and play. Cost to fix:$8,000 The Bluetooth rarely works well enough for people you are talking to to hear you. You I click it off most of the time"

Michael F., MO (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Speakers

"The radio and/or speakers are real garbage. They sound awful, and the dealer is unwilling to do anything about them"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Does not understand most commands well at all"

Wayne B., BC (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"I am unable to connect to GPS by voice command"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None Unsure)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Window molding on driver side door has peeled off and won't stay on"

Scott A., IN (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 5.0-L V8)

"A piece of the exterior chrome trim was bubbled up and had to be replaced"

Peter L., TX (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Molding on rear bummer was wrinkled and came loose"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The adjustment knob for the seat lumbar adjustment fell off"

Peter L., TX (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Door sills lost paint due to scuffing almost immediately. Could have been poor prep and priming problem in factory. Dealer then repainted sills and applied clear protective flexible polycarbonate sheeting for additional protection"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"I have areas on the frame under the driver door and areas on the front lower bumper where paint has chipped for no apparent reasons"

Thomas B., LA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Cracking paint"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Front and rear bumpers had to be repainted. Rust like spots appeared on both bumpers; white car"

Barbara P., FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The clear coat is peeling off car and the dealership says that is not under warranty. I tried to call the customer support line and didn't get an answer. I don't think a car of this quality should have paint issues"

P B., MS (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"peeling paint on both front and rear bumpers"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Both bumpers had paint defects"

Pauline R., VA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Cracking and peeling paint all over the bumper of the car"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

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

Gauges

"My whole instrument panel froze and I read anything. No speed, no fuel gage, etc"

Amy M., AZ (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 5.0-L V8)

"Entire gauge cluster package, including speedometer, tachometer, odometer, etc., failed completely. Speedometer locked up at 58MPH. Covered under warranty, but I had to wait two weeks for a replacement from Hyundai in South Korea. No loaner car offered from dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 5.0-L V8)
Interior lights

"Lights keep flickering and Windows will not roll down at times"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Both fobs experienced a defect other than batteries that rendered them inoperable"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Hyundai Genesis None Unsure)

"Cellphone wouldn't properly charge"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"A fuse blew when i used the port to charge ab iPhone"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Windshield wipers stopped working"

Anonymous, GA (2013 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

"Poorly installed seal on roof vent"

Jean-Guy D., QC (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"loose parts in driver side passenger door"

Trevor T., FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Intermittent groans as car goes over curb or speed bumps. Can't determine if it's suspension system or body fit"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"After only 2 years of driving this car, the rattling of various internal and external parts shows the poor workmanship of this car which is supposed to be their high end model"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 5.0-L V8)

"Wind noise and vibration coming form hood of car. Dealer will not fix"

Wayne B., BC (2013 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)

"Dashboard light comes on at times. Had in to dealer 3 times and they cant find problem"

Frank E., PA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"When tested, it responded very slow. Does not seem to work properly"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"I believe the rotors were damage due to the functioning of the adaptive cruise control system"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Engine loses power and performs slugishly at random intervals for about 2-3 weeks at a time. Rest of the time is quite strong"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The only real problem is that they were out of stock at the factory for my engine control module and I had to wait three weeks for it to be manufactured and shipped to the dealer for the repair"

Stephen W., TN (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"After 8000 miles, the engine ran errantly until the car engine was sufficiently heated to normal operating temperatures. The dealer evaluated the engine and found nothing wrong. The problem continues to this day"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 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

Electrical failure

"While accelerating, the engine completely stalled. No lights or any indication was lit on dash. Dealership claimed they did not find any indication in the data, but replaced/updated engine programming. Car was in the shop for 4 days"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"Consistent rumbling vibration at speeds near 55 mph"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

"Lags when I step on the gas. Does this intermittently. Unsure whether it will fully engage"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Transmission computer

"I am assuming the other problem is computer related"

Anonymous, FL (2013 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

A/C compressor

"Component failure. Replaced under warranty with loaner given while in shop"

Kyle A., TX (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The most alarming problem I have with this piece of junk is the random and numerous electrical problems that Hyundai refuses to diagnose or repair since they cannot "emulate" the issue. It only happens of course when I'm going 70 miles per hour on t"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 5.0-L V8)

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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Original car battery, mounted inside trunk, leaked battery acid throughout trunk floor, causing rust. Dealer used a solution to clean it some, draining through floor plugs, and refused further help or assurance against rust damage, especially at trunk floor seams. Claim filed with Hyundai/Genesis, as damage obviously occurred over long period of time. Hyundai/Genesis refused any compensation, stating car was 2 months beyond warranty. I then cleaned trunk, then sprayed Rustoleum Rust Reformer in"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 5.0-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission shifted very roughly & made a lot of noise. Service center ordered a new transmission & replaced it"

Joseph J., SC (2013 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.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"Had a clicking noise that appeared after about 13 months. Also reduced mpg. Several calls made from dealer HO technical team. Finally replaced fuel pump. Clicking has stopped and mpg has increase 2.5 to 3 mpg"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

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

What Owners Say

Engine harness

"I broke down on a trip to Texas and again they were out of stock at the factory on this post and my car had to stay in Texas for almost four weeks waiting on the party to be manufactured and sent to the dealer to make the repair. They shipped my car back to Nashville on a car transport truck and have me a loaner car for both of these problems"

Stephen W., TN (2013 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Exhaust

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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