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2015 Hyundai Genesis Review

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis comes well-equipped and offers an upscale cabin, powerful engines, and a perfect safety score. However, it ranks in the middle third of the luxury midsize car class because of its poor reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of standard features
  • Quiet, well-built interior
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Low fuel economy estimates


Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Luxury Midsize Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2015 Best Upscale Midsize Car for the Money award and a finalist for our 2015 Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families award. Currently the Hyundai Genesis has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Hyundai Genesis Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Genesis a Good Used Car?

There’s a lot to like about the 2015 Genesis. This luxury midsize car has crisp and composed handling and a standard V6 with more than enough power. The Genesis also has below-average operating costs and plenty of user-friendly technology, including a long list of available safety features. However, there is one glaring fault: its reliability score. Simply put, it gets the worst rating possible. Be sure you shop the competition before deciding to purchase the Genesis.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 24 professional evaluations for this 2015 Hyundai Genesis review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Hyundai Genesis?

Our site has almost 1,300 listings for the 2015 Genesis, with an average price of about $24,700. Prices ranging from about $19,400 to roughly $29,000. The amount you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Cost to Own?

Estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Hyundai Genesis are about $28,220. That’s below average for a luxury midsize sedan.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Genesis?

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis marks the end of a generation under the Hyundai nameplate. Starting with the 2017 model year, it became known as the Genesis G80. The 2019 G80 looks a lot like the older Hyundai Genesis, and it even carries over the same base engine. The 2019 comes with more standard active features – such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist – as well as remote start and a hands-free power trunk lid.

The 2019 G80 has a starting price of $42,050, which is much higher than the average price of a 2015 Hyundai Genesis. You can find a top-of-the-line 2015 Genesis equipped with most of those features, though, and it’ll cost you almost $13,000 less. That alone makes the 2015 Genesis a better buy.

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If you want a new luxury midsize sedan but the G80 is out of your price range, you’re out of luck. However, you may want to consider the 2019 Toyota Camry. Starting at $23,845, this midsize sedan comes with a 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine. You can upgrade to a V6 engine on select trims, but you’ll pay an additional $10,000 at the very least. The Camry gets much better fuel economy, and it has an almost-prefect predicted reliability rating.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Genesis Is Best?

The 2015 model year is the first of this luxury sedan’s second generation. There were no changes for 2016. Although older models lack the interior refinement and handling finesse of 2015 models, they are worth a look. The 2014 Hyundai Genesis has solid V6 and V8 engines and an above-average reliability rating.

If your budget allows, go for the rebranded 2017 Genesis G80. It comes with more standard active safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Of course, the price is higher too. The average price for models on our site is $40,000.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Genesis?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Genesis a reliability rating of two out of five, which is the lowest rating possible.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Genesis has six recalls. While some of these are relatively minor issues, like water leaking into the rear lamp assembly, others are more serious. A failed sensor can prevent front passenger airbag from deploying properly, and the rear suspension bolts may be loose. Before buying a used vehicle, make sure a dealer fixes any recalls.

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Which Used Hyundai Genesis Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Genesis has two trim levels: the Genesis 3.8 and the Genesis 5.0. The 3.8 has a V6 engine, and the 5.0 has a V8. Both models offer a range of amenities, and neither wants for more power. The Genesis 3.8 is the only model available with all-wheel drive. For more luxury features, you’ll want to check out the 5.0 trim.

The Genesis 3.8 comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, a proximity key, push-button start, and an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system with Bluetooth and a USB port.

The Genesis 5.0 adds a 14-speaker Lexicon stereo, ventilated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. Some models are equipped with an adaptive suspension, a panoramic sunroof, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, a 9.2-inch LCD screen, and a head-up display.

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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 2015 Hyundai Genesis has a perfect safety score. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Genesis the highest rating of Good in all five crash tests. The IIHS also named it a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest honor. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Genesis a perfect five-star rating for overall safety, as well as five stars in all three crash tests.

The Genesis comes with a rearview camera, and it’s available with automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, and a head-up display.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Genesis or 2015 Lexus GS?

The 2015 Lexus GS ranks near the top of the luxury midsize cars class. It has a powerful V6 engine, exciting driving dynamics, and a comfortable ride. The GS also has excellent safety and reliability ratings. It is a better vehicle than the Hyundai Genesis by far.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Genesis or 2015 Mercedes-Benz E Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class outranks the Genesis for a few reasons. The E-Class has some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class, and it delivers a smooth ride. Regardless of the body style (sedan, coupe, convertible, or wagon), the E-Class has an elegant cabin.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Genesis or 2015 BMW 5 Series?

The 2015 BMW 5 Series offers excellent ride comfort and decent agility. It also has more engine options, a higher reliability rating, and much better fuel economy ratings than the Genesis. In the long run, however, the Hyundai will cost about $5,000 less to own over five years, and it has better safety scores. You won’t regret buying the 5 Series, but the Genesis is worth a look before deciding.

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2015 Genesis Performance

How Does the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Drive?

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis offers balanced performance with its sharp steering, good cornering composure, and refined ride. The Genesis feels planted in turns, though some competitors are more agile.

The base Genesis has a 311-horsepower V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain delivers more than enough pep for most drivers. With the available 420-horsepower V8, the Genesis has much quicker acceleration from a stop.

Does the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Get Good Gas Mileage?

Front-wheel-drive Genesis models earn an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is just below average for the class. The all-wheel-drive V6 Genesis returns 16/25 mpg city/highway, and the V8 model is rated at 15/23 mpg.

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2015 Genesis Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Genesis Seat?

The 2015 Genesis is a five-seat luxury sedan. The cabin is handsome and quiet. It’s composed of premium materials that include leather upholstery, as well as real wood and aluminum trims.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Hyundai Genesis?

The 2015 Genesis has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats and a middle-seat tether connection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not evaluate the 2015 Genesis’s LATCH system.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Features

The Genesis features a standard 8-inch touch-screen navigation system with a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a USB port. You’ll also get proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system. Blue Link can automatically connect you with emergency services when needed, or it can send you notifications when the vehicle is due for maintenance.

Available features include a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, an 9.2-inch HD LCD screen, a Lexicon 14- or 17-speaker audio systems, a power rear sunshade, and manual rear side-window sunshades.

The Genesis has some of the most user-friendly technology in the class. Its navigation, audio, smartphone, and climate controls are straightforward and easy to use.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Dimensions

Hyundai Genesis Cargo Space

At 15.3 cubic feet, trunk space in the 2015 Genesis is about average for the class.

2015 Genesis Length and Weight

The 2015 Genesis is 16.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,138 to 4,541 pounds, depending on how it is equipped.

Where Was the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Built?

Hyundai manufactured the 2015 Genesis in South Korea.


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