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2012 Hyundai Genesis Review

With an elegant interior design, spacious seating and ample power from its three available engines, reviewers agreed that the 2012 Hyundai Genesis has the ingredients of a compelling luxury sedan.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Good trunk space for the class
  • Vague steering
  • Firm ride in R-Spec model

New for 2012

  • New 5.0-liter V8 engine
  • New performance-oriented R-Spec model
  • V6 engine gained more horsepower
  • New standard eight-speed automatic




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
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2012 Hyundai Genesis Overview

The base, V6-powered 2012 Hyundai Genesis has ample power in all situations, said test drivers, and they agreed that both of the available V8 engines deliver very strong acceleration. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with all engines, and critics agreed that it shifts quickly. According to the EPA, the rear-wheel drive 2012 Genesis gets 18/28 mpg city/highway with the V6 engine, which is normal for a six-cylinder luxury large car. Test drivers wrote that the base Genesis has a compliant ride and balanced handling, but isn't very sporty. Some complained that the steering feels a bit vague and others added that the performance-oriented R-Spec model has a less comfortable ride because of its firm, sport-tuned suspension.

Reviewers said that the 2012 Hyundai Genesis’ interior has premium materials and an attractive design. They also wrote that the Genesis has comfortable front seats and that the back seat is very spacious and relaxed, though a couple critics noted that rear headroom can be tight for taller passengers. The 2012 Genesis has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for the class. Leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a USB input are standard. Available features include a sunroof, a cooled driver seat, heated rear seats, lane departure warning, a 14- or 17-speaker Lexicon sound system, navigation and a rearview camera. Critics mentioned that the navigation system's central controller isn’t as easy to use as systems with regular buttons.

Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers agreed that the 2012 Infiniti M is one of the most athletic cars in the class, with agile cornering and ample engine power from its standard V6 or available V8. The M's steering was praised for its crisp responses and giving the driver lots of road feedback.

With its standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Audi A6 gets excellent fuel economy for the class. Automotive journalists agreed that the A6 has one of the most beautiful interiors in the class and that it has a supple ride on rough roads.

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