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2016 Hyundai Genesis Review

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis has a strong ranking in the luxury midsize car segment. It has decent engines and smooth handling, and the spacious cabin is arguably the nicest in the class

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, roomy cabin
  • Comfortable ride
  • Impressive safety scores
  • Rival have better handling
  • Below-average fuel economy

New for 2016

  • Standard 7-inch touch screen
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Brake assist added to forward collision warning




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 10.0
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2016 Hyundai Genesis Overview

Is the 2016 Hyundai Genesis a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2016 Hyundai Genesis is a good used car. The interior is incredibly posh, and both rows of seats are spacious. The trunk is larger than average for the class, and there are plenty of standard and available features, many of which are easy to control. On the road, the Genesis is stable and smooth, and both available engines provide ample power.

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How Much Is the 2016 Hyundai Genesis?

Based on the more than 100 listings for the 2016 Hyundai Genesis on our site, you can expect to pay between $19,500 and $32,000 for a used 2016 Genesis. The average list price for a Genesis on our site is just under $25,000. What you pay will depend on the condition, mileage, features, and location of the used Genesis you select.

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How Much Does the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Cost to Own?

Your expenses don't end with the purchase of your car. Cars require gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance. Over five years, these costs will run you a bit more than $27,000 for the 2016 Genesis, or about $5,500 per year. You'll spend more on several notable class rivals, including the 2016 BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Genesis?

A used 2016 Genesis carries an average price that's about $17,000 less than a new 2018 Genesis G80. (The Genesis was rebranded as the Genesis G80 for the 2017 model year.) New models come with a litany of standard features that were optional or unavailable in the 2016 model, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

There's also a new trim available for 2018: the 3.3T, which features a 365-horsepower, twin-turbo V6 engine. In terms of interior quality and on-road performance, there's not much difference between a 2016 Genesis and a new model, so even though the extra features are nice, they may not be worth the extra $17,000 you'll have to pay for them.

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If you decide that the 2018 Genesis G80 isn't worth the extra money, you'll probably feel the same about most of the other 2018 luxury midsize cars. That’s because the G80 is not only one of the highest-rated cars in the class, it's also one of the least expensive, with a starting price around $42,000.

If you're looking for a 2018 car in the same price range as a used 2016 Genesis (with an average price of around $25,000), you really can't get a luxury model. The lowest-priced luxury car on our site is the 2018 Acura ILX, which has a base price north of $28,000 and is one of our lowest-rated luxury small cars. However, there are affordable midsize cars that are worth considering. The 2018 Toyota Camry and 2018 Honda Accord each have starting prices around $23,500, and they're two of our highest-rated midsize cars.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Hyundai Genesis?

The Genesis earns a reliability score of 2.5 out of five, which is below average for the industry and lower than the reliability rating of many other luxury midsize cars.

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2016 Hyundai Genesis Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one safety recall on the 2016 Hyundai Genesis: The parking brake indicator light may not illuminate. Before buying a used Hyundai Genesis, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Genesis Is Best?

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis is part of a generation that began with the 2015 model year. The 2015 redesign brought new engines with slightly lower horsepower ratings but slightly better fuel economy. The 2015 model was also the first to come standard with a rearview camera and a touch-screen infotainment system. New driver assistance features for 2015 included blind spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking.

The 2016 model added a few more active safety features, like rear cross traffic alert, but saw no other major changes. The 2016 model was the final one before the Genesis brand split from Hyundai to become its own separate badge. The Genesis is now known as the G80, and it's one of three Genesis models available.

Starting with the 2013 model year, every Genesis model receives a score of at least 8.5 out of 10 from U.S. News Autos, meaning these are all good cars. With that in mind, you may be able to save some money by shopping for an older model year, provided you can do without some of the newer features.

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Which Used Hyundai Genesis Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis sedan is available in two trims: 3.8 and 5.0 Ultimate. You’ll have all the power you need for daily driving, along with slightly better fuel economy, with the Genesis 3.8 and its V6 engine. Look for models with the 3.8 Signature package, which adds a panoramic moonroof, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, a Lexicon 14-speaker audio system, a rearview camera with parking guidelines on the display, and ventilated front seats.

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What Does Hyundai's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Hyundai offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as the remainder of the five-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 173-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and rental car reimbursement may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

Hyundai has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers, according to our analysis. Only Kia, Buick, and Mitsubishi have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Genesis?

The 2016 Genesis’ safety ratings place the sedan among the best in the luxury midsize segment. The Genesis earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with a Good rating (the highest possible) in all five crash test scenarios. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Genesis a five-star overall rating.

Standard advanced safety features in the Genesis include a rearview camera. Available driver assistance features include lane departure warning with a haptic steering wheel that vibrates when you start to stray from your lane, and forward collision warning with emergency autonomous braking that can prevent or mitigate the damage from a forward collision.

The optional adaptive cruise control maintains pacing with the car ahead of it, even in stop-and-go traffic, and brings the Genesis to a halt to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of it. Blind spot warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and parking sonar are also available. The lane change assist system scans behind the car and alerts you if another vehicle is rapidly approaching in a lane that you’re about to move into.

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2016 Hyundai Genesis Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Genesis or 2016 BMW 5 Series?

The BMW 5 Series gives you more options than the Genesis, including hybrid and diesel powertrains that offer terrific fuel efficiency. If you want a sport sedan, consider the M5, which has respectable power. There’s even a hatchback model for those yearning for more cargo room than the average luxury midsize car gives you. Unless you’re looking at one of these models, however, you’re better off with the Genesis, which will likely cost you much less than a 5 Series. Also, the BMW 5 Series doesn’t come standard with leather upholstery, and its infotainment system is not as straightforward as the one in the Genesis.

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Genesis or 2016 Hyundai Sonata?

The Hyundai Sonata offers many of the same benefits as the Genesis but at a much lower price. The 2016 Sonata has an average price of just $13,900. While not as luxurious as the Genesis, the Sonata has an upscale interior with easy-to-use features and plenty of seating space for the class. However, it doesn’t come standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable heated front seats like the Genesis sedan does. In terms of performance, the Sonata has two available potent turbocharged engines, but its base engine is underwhelming. Fuel economy is excellent with the Sonata Eco, which saves hundreds of dollars in yearly fuel costs compared to the base Genesis.

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2016 Genesis Performance

How Does the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Drive?

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis comes standard with a 3.8-liter V6 engine, which is perfectly capable for daily driving duty. Acceleration from the 311 horsepower is smooth and steady, while the engine stays refined and quiet. V6 Genesis models can be configured with either rear- or all-wheel drive, and all use a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that you can use to shift the gears manually.

Buyers looking for more power can step up to a 5.0-liter V8 that cranks out an ample 420 horsepower. The V8 powertrain uses the same super-smooth, eight-speed automatic as the V6, but it’s only available with rear-wheel drive. The V8 and rear-wheel drive setup give the Genesis the driving feel of a European sedan like the Mercedes E-Class but at a price that’s thousands less.

The Genesis provides a smooth ride, even over rough roads, without giving up handling or control. The Genesis doesn’t offer the sharp handling of some rivals, but it doesn’t have their harsher, sometimes jarring ride either. If you’re looking for more sports-car-like crispness through turns, you might look to the BMW 5 Series or Infiniti Q50.

Does the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Get Good Gas Mileage?

Reduced fuel economy is the price you pay for the Genesis' powerful engines. The Genesis earns an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (for the V6 with rear-wheel drive). Opt for all-wheel drive and the numbers drop to 16 mpg/city and 25 mpg/highway. The V8 is the worst of the lineup, with EPA estimates of just 15/23 mpg.

Compare those numbers to a 2016 Mercedes E-Class, which earns estimates of up to 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, and you’ll see that fuel is one of the few places where the Genesis will cost you more than its peers. The Genesis V8 can use regular unleaded fuel, but maximum performance is achieved with premium unleaded.

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2016 Genesis Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Genesis Seat?

The five-seat Genesis treats its passengers to one of the roomiest cabins in the segment, with 123 cubic feet of interior space. Compare that to the Cadillac CTS (110.7), the Lexus GS (113.3), and the Mercedes E-Class (113.1), and you see just how much more spacious the Genesis is. Legroom is plentiful for both front- and rear-seat passengers. One of the few complaints about the Genesis’ interior is that rear headroom is tight for taller adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Hyundai Genesis?

The Genesis has two full sets of LATCH connectors on the second-row outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives this Hyundai's LATCH system a rating of Marginal (the second-lowest rating) for ease of use.

2016 Hyundai Genesis Features

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis comes standard with a rearview camera, an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, Bluetooth, proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a USB port, a seven-speaker audio system, and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, which can automatically connect you with help in an emergency and send you maintenance reminders.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch touch screen, a head-up display, a power rear sunshade, manual rear side window sunshades, and a 14- or 17-speaker Lexicon audio system.

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2016 Hyundai Genesis Dimensions

Hyundai Genesis Cargo Space

The 2016 Genesis has 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s average for the class and more than enough for an airport run with several suitcases. If your hands are full when you walk up to the trunk, just wait. If the key is in your pocket or purse, the car will sense that you need to get into the trunk, and it will pop open after a few seconds.

2016 Genesis Length and Weight

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis is just over 16 feet long and has a curb weight of 4,138 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Built?

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis was built in Ulsan, South Korea.

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