For its 2015 redesign, Hyundai sent the Genesis luxury car back for more fitness training and delivered a competitor that's more refined and fun to drive than the original. This second-generation Genesis makes for a much more convincing alternative to an Audi A6 or a BMW 5 Series than did its predecessor. Known for being a great value, financially the Genesis continues to be an enticing value proposition.
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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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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

For its 2015 redesign, Hyundai sent the Genesis luxury car back for more fitness training and delivered a competitor that's more refined and fun to drive than the original. This second-generation Genesis makes for a much more convincing alternative to an Audi A6 or a BMW 5 Series than did its predecessor.

Known for being a great value, financially the Genesis continues to be an enticing value proposition. Our fully loaded all-wheel drive, 3.8-liter V6 test car cost about $10,000 less than a comparably equipped Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Jaguar, Lexus, or Mercedes-Benz. Adding all-wheel drive is a key feature in this category. Buyers interested in rocket-ship acceleration can choose the 420-hp, V8-powered Genesis 5.0, although it comes only with rear-wheel drive. Handling is respectable, but the Genesis trails the sporty dynamics typically found with European cars.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , 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 (311 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (420 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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 camera display went out and the entire entertainment system had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NV (2016 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I was told my 2016 Genesis Ultimate, with 9.2" high-res display, would accept Apple CarPlay. It did NOT and I am told it will NEVER be able to use Apple CarPlay. This was a MAJOR deception by Hyundai. The car itself is great but I do not/will not trust them to buy another one of their products"

Benjamin G., CO (2016 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The system software works fine except that the maps database, both the 2015 version than came with my car, plus the 2016 upgrade I got, are woefully inaccurate and inadequate to use day to day for many destinations. I use my iPhone and Apple or Google Maps or Waze apps to get around, and MUCH better than their maps database"

Benjamin G., CO (2016 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"I could not hear anyone through phone Bluetooth connection"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 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 panoramic roof rattled when I hit uneven pavement. It needed to be re-sealed"

Robert J., CT (2016 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle in the drivers door"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Hyundai Genesis None 5.0-L V8)

"rattles in the trim in the roof and doors"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Rear seat armrest cup holder rattles. Was told there was nothing that could be done and replacing it may not solve the problem so nothing was done"

David L., LA (2016 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

Automatic climate control

"In auto mode the interior fills with condensation when outdoor conditions are rainy,,,,,,"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Evaporator

"when car starts, AC blows out foul smelling air, especially on passenger side I have had it serviced for this issue 6 - 8 times and problem perists"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Air quality issues"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

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)

"Right side rocker panel paint peeling"

C E., BC (2016 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Front and rear doors, bumpers and other body parts are not blended and do not match. Was told color mom-match was within Hyundai standards. Car looks like it has been wrecked and repainted. It's color is partisan grey. I have noticed the mismatch on other models in same color"

David L., LA (2016 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

Headlights

"Headlights intermittently turned off while driving at night. They replaced the stalk"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Warning lights

"Psb warning came on. Then transmission light. Dealership said the fuel pump control module was bad and causing problems. They replaced it under warranty"

Samuel M., GA (2016 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

Seat controls - temperature

"In seat fan on passenger side malfunction"

C E., BC (2016 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

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.

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

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