2012 Hyundai Genesis
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2012 5.0L Non R Spec

by from Philadelphia, PA on December 19, 2011

Let me start by saying this is the 2nd Genesis I've owned and the difference between this one and my 2009 3.8 is staggering. The 2012 is vastly improved (Performance, Comfort, Quality, Fit and Finish)...
Let me start by saying this is the 2nd Genesis I've owned and the difference between this one and my 2009 3.8 is staggering. The 2012 is vastly improved (Performance, Comfort, Quality, Fit and Finish). I've owned Lexus, Acura, Toyota and nothing compares. Easily the best value of any large luxury sedan on the market today. I opted for a 2012 5.0L non R Spec...wanted the acceleration but didn't want the firm ride of the R Spec. This car is lightning quick and extremely comfortable. I was considering a 2010 Lexus LS 460, Mercedes E550, BMW 550i etc.. saved myself nearly $20K and sacrificed NOTHING! Absolutely phenomenal car and couldn't be happier. The 8 speed transmission is seemless. Fit and finish is superb. Interior is minimalistic but that is fine by me since the car has every available option-standard. One improvement I know is on the way is AWD but otherwise, this is an excellent vehicle that I would recommend to anyone who wants a top performing luxury ride substantially below market value. Hyundai is making some of the best cars available today...period!
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2012 Genesis R-spec - Great Performance Sedan

by from Phoenix, AZ on December 31, 2012

This car is absolutely the best performance sedan I have ever owned. I posted reliability as four-star only because car was delivered with an out-of-date nav map. Otherwise, nothing was amiss upon del...
This car is absolutely the best performance sedan I have ever owned. I posted reliability as four-star only because car was delivered with an out-of-date nav map. Otherwise, nothing was amiss upon delivery nor has anything gone wrong in the 700+ miles I've driven it so far. It takes a thorough reading of the owners manual and a few days behind the wheel to get acclimated to all the features, and to be truthful I have found a few to be a bit over the top, but most are handy if not essential and well thought out. It is comfortable despite other reviews saying the R-spec rides rough (it does not and my cousin, who has a new Genesis Tech says he cannot tell the difference). The ladies love the seat warmers. The audio system is as good if not better than my home theater. The nav/audio system (DIS) takes a bit of time to become used to and I personally think the pushbutton 'premum' system is much easier but I like how it operates and have yet to take full advantage of all the features. I have the V-8 R-spec model and so far it seems to be getting about the same MPG as my cousin's V-6. If you want more acceleration or speed just touch the gas and you are GONE! I am getting around 22 MPG in mixed driving and upper 20's on the highway and the car has only 700+ miles on it so far. If you enjoy the power and performance of the car your mileage will vary of course. The entire car is quiet and the engine so smooth you can't tell if it is running or not. Easily the equivalent of the Toyota Avalon I owned for the past 11 years but doesn't have the rolling and undulation of soft suspension. I can't think of anything except a simpler nav system that would make this perfect car even more perfect.
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Excellent Value

by from Scottsdale, AZ on December 20, 2012

Traded in my Lexus LS460L AWD 2010 with 29k for the loaded 2012 Genesis 3.8 with Tech package. I couldn't be happier. Things I like about the Genesis is the interior lights are bigger and brighter; th...
Traded in my Lexus LS460L AWD 2010 with 29k for the loaded 2012 Genesis 3.8 with Tech package. I couldn't be happier. Things I like about the Genesis is the interior lights are bigger and brighter; the Lexicon stereo sounds better than the Mark Levenson stereo in the Lexus. The cup holder is better; when I stop hard my cup doesn't fly forward as it does on the LS460 because of the design. The Genesis has a better back up camera with lines to guide into a parking space and distance lines to determine when to stop. The 2010 460 didn't offer this. Is the ride as silky smooth as the LS460? No, but it is very close and I find the handling to be quicker with the Genesis. Gas mileage is superior to the AWD LS460 and having a 6 cylinder vs an 8 helps alot. I don't lack speed and exceleration with the Genesis; the transmission is smooth and power excellent. The air conditioned/heated seats pass more air than my Lexus did; another bonus and lastly, the control knob near the gear shift makes moving from maps to music very easy. This car has great value; has all the features my LS460 had for a fraction of the cost. It seems very well built and speaking to owners of older Genesis from 2009 have had no reliability issues which I expect too..
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Genesis 2012

by from Dallas on September 10, 2012

This car has performed great, very comfortable, quiet, and very competitively priced compared to its competition. The only issue we have had involved poor service at the dealership that sold us the au...
This car has performed great, very comfortable, quiet, and very competitively priced compared to its competition. The only issue we have had involved poor service at the dealership that sold us the auto and limited access to loaner vehicles. Expect that will improve at better dealerships and Hyundai will improve training of its dealers.
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My first Hyundai

by from Florida on April 9, 2012

This is the first time I buy a Hyundai. I have owned several new cars: Monte Carlo, Olds Delta 88, Ford 150, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Pathfinder, Lexus LS400, Lexus 350 ES, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Camry et...
This is the first time I buy a Hyundai. I have owned several new cars: Monte Carlo, Olds Delta 88, Ford 150, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Pathfinder, Lexus LS400, Lexus 350 ES, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Camry etc., but the Lexus LS400 and the 2012 Genesis are the ones I like the most. The Genesis offers a precise, smooth, quiet ride and a superb acceleration even with 3.8 L engine. I fully agree with the statement made by a professional reviewer, that "Hyundai is doing to Lexus what Lexus did to Mercedes 20 years ago", meaning making equally good or better cars at a fraction of the cost. I was driving a 2011 Lexus ES 350 and bought the Genesis for my wife to replace her dying Toyota Camry. But after the purchase I fall in love with the Genesis and decide to pass the ES350 to my wife and keep the Genesis for myself. This is only the third month that I own the Genesis and I do not know how it will behave in the long range but so far I love it and cannot find any weakness of it.
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Good ride and very quiet

by from Vincennes, IN on November 7, 2011

I purchased the 2012 Hyundai Genesis one week ago. I have owned two Camry's and two Accord's in the prior twenty years. I did my homework prior to purchase and I am convinced that I made a correct cho...
I purchased the 2012 Hyundai Genesis one week ago. I have owned two Camry's and two Accord's in the prior twenty years. I did my homework prior to purchase and I am convinced that I made a correct choice. The car is quiet and the ride is smooth. The gas mileage indicates 30 to 31 MPG on the road. The car has an eight speed transmission and is so smooth that you can't tell when it shifts. This is by far, the best car I have owned. The only negatives that I have observed are: Why would a car manufacture place an ashtray and cigarette lighter in a vehicle? This is 2012, not 1960..This is a waste of space and an insult to my integrity. The simulated wood dash accents cause some reflections which can be distracting.
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Bang for the Buck

by from Southern California on April 5, 2012

If you prefer quality, performance and value over name and prestige, consider the Genesis. It's an all around entry level luxury sedan, not too stodgy, not too pretentious. Upgraded V6 is amazing at 3...
If you prefer quality, performance and value over name and prestige, consider the Genesis. It's an all around entry level luxury sedan, not too stodgy, not too pretentious. Upgraded V6 is amazing at 333hp and performs like a V8 with the standard 8 speed transmission. If there is one minor difference in this car compared to those priced 15k higher. it's the suspension that feels like what you would expect on a 35k car. Everything else is value way above the price.
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Best car I have owned with the best warranty

by from Virginia on October 26, 2012

I much prefer a rear wheel drive car. You have better control. This car has a tech package and perks second to no car. Front and rear bumper sensors offers great protection as well as side sensors for...
I much prefer a rear wheel drive car. You have better control. This car has a tech package and perks second to no car. Front and rear bumper sensors offers great protection as well as side sensors for lane violation. The V-6 engine gives good MPG, 30 or better. Seats heated front and back with indivdual controls on three levels and also driver seat has air conditioning. Great car.
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good value for the money but far from perfect

by from fairview,tx on March 24, 2013

Have owned the car for 18 months now and only have about 3500 miles on it - retired, don't drive much. basically pretty good car - smooth running,plenty of power (3.8 L V6) , excellent braking,good ro...
Have owned the car for 18 months now and only have about 3500 miles on it - retired, don't drive much. basically pretty good car - smooth running,plenty of power (3.8 L V6) , excellent braking,good roadholding and handling (but strange vague feeling power steering). Seats could be more luxurious, some interior plastic trim looks cheap and the wood trim is way too dark with my black interior. Rear sunshade,sunroof, folding mirrors, tilt&telescope steering worthwhile features- nav system awful and 18" tires too hardriding. Options should be separate,not packages. Basic car is a good deal- many options are not . As many owners and drivers have noted with this car the ride is too stiff and suspension has a nervous,twitchy feel that detracts from any pretension to luxury.
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Very Nice Car

by from North Carolina on August 25, 2012

After 3 months and 3000 miles, I must say that I am impressed. I am 6'4" and this car is very comfortable both in town and on the road. The V6 is plenty powerful and gets good mpg considering the size...
After 3 months and 3000 miles, I must say that I am impressed. I am 6'4" and this car is very comfortable both in town and on the road. The V6 is plenty powerful and gets good mpg considering the size and performance, and does so on regular gas - something that is getting harder to find these days. The design and features seem well thought out, and the craftsmanship is excellent. I have had several people comment that they thought it was a new Mercedes. It's only been 3 months, so I can't really comment on reliability - but I have had no problems at all thus far. So get over it being a Hyundai (just tell everyone it is a Genesis) - and go check it out. I believe you will find it to be an excellent value.
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