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2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan - Overview

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Overview

What's New for 2015:

  • Complete redesign for 2015
  • Flatter torque curve for 3.8-liter engine
  • "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0" sets new design tone for future Hyundai models
  • Multi-mode AWD system is available
  • Upgrades to steering and suspension
  • Various technological updates

Introduction
Generally associated with economy cars, the Hyundai brand has positioned its Genesis sedan to compete with other traditional midsize luxury cars while retaining a competitive price. The 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan competes with models such as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Infiniti Q70, Lexus GS, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Models and Features
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan features a design that the automaker calls "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0." It's a sharper look that may well be applied to all Hyundai models in future redesigns. In general, the look features more modern versions of design elements that have come to be associated with Hyundai. The redesign also features higher-strength steel in the underlying structure for extra rigidity. The interior has been revamped to feature simplified switchgear, a more intuitive control layout, improved storage solutions, more flexible cupholders, and other user-friendly changes. Real wood and genuine aluminum add an upscale feel to the interior trim. Hyundai claims that noise and vibration are reduced in the new model, and that the ride is smoother.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is available in two trim levels: the 3.8, with all-wheel drive (AWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD); or the 5.0, with RWD only. Ten exterior colors are available. Standard features for the Genesis 3.8 include 18-in. alloy wheels, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, rearview camera, heated mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic wipers, cruise control, power-adjustable driver's seat, leather upholstery, and a touch-screen interface with the navigation system, traffic reports, Bluetooth connectivity, and emergency telematics. A 7-speaker sound system is also standard.

The Signature package of options adds a sunroof, HID headlights, ventilated front seats, power-adjustable steering wheel, premium 14-speaker sound system, blind-spot detection system, rear cross-traffic alert system, rear and side sunshades, and driver memory functions. The Tech package may be added to the Signature package and includes upgraded leather upholstery, side bolsters and cushion extension on the driver's seat, larger display panel, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning system, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency brake, electronic parking brake, automatic high-beam headlights, and automatic vehicle hold to prevent forward roll if the driver releases the brake. Buyers who opt for the Signature and Tech packages may then purchase the Ultimate package, which includes dual-zone automatic climate control with carbon dioxide sensor, color head-up display, premium navigation system, upgraded interior trim, power trunk lid, and a 17-speaker surround-sound system.

The Signature and Tech packages are standard on the Genesis 5.0, which, as its name implies, also includes a larger engine. The Genesis 5.0 upgrades to 19-in. alloy wheels, LED fog lamps, illuminated doorsill plates, and the matte wood and aluminum trim that comes with the Ultimate package. On the 5.0, the Ultimate package allows the driver to adjust the vehicle's suspension.

Under the Hood
The 2015 Genesis 3.8 is equipped with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that offers a flatter torque curve than the 2014 model for smoother power delivery, according to Hyundai. Using premium unleaded gasoline it makes 311 horsepower and 293 lb.-ft. of torque; it's slightly less powerful when running on regular fuel. The Genesis 5.0 features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that generates 420 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. With either engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a Sport driving mode feeds power to the car's rear wheels. The optional AWD system offers Normal, Eco, Sport, and Snow driving modes, accessed through the car's Intelligent Drive Mode selector. The drivetrain works with Hyundai's electric steering for high-speed stability and more direct feel at lower speeds, Hyundai says.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 gets 18 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. With AWD, fuel economy drops to 16/25/19 mpg with the V-6; the 5.0 yields 15/23/18 mpg.

Safety Ratings and Technology
The new 2015 Genesis has a full complement of air bags and standard safety features, with almost all the latest highest-tech features available as options.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2015 Hyundai Genesis received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars, with 5 stars for both frontal-impact and side-impact protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Genesis received a "Good" rating (the Institute's highest) in all tests.

Available Trims for the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
3.8 8 speed automatic $38,000 311-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl 18/29
5.0 8 speed automatic $51,500 420-hp / 5.0L 8-cyl 15/23

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