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2016 Hyundai Genesis

$20,187 — $31,435 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
18-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Quiet cabin
  • Ride quality
  • Smooth acceleration
  • Advanced multimedia system
  • High-tech safety features

The Bad

  • So-so gas mileage
  • Inconsistent materials quality
  • Backseat doesn't fold
  • V-8 acceleration not as urgent as expected
  • All-wheel drive with V-6 only
2016 Hyundai Genesis exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Hyundai Genesis
  • Xenon headlights, LED running lights now standard
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Adaptive suspension available
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Hyundai's Genesis is one of two luxury models offered by the Korean automaker, sized somewhere between a midsize and full-size luxury car. Offering the Genesis in 3.8 and 5.0 models, Hyundai takes aim at competitors like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6.

New for 2016
Following its extensive redesign for 2015, the Genesis adds standard high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED daytime running lights for the 2016 model year. A full-color head-up display is now included on the 5.0 model.

Significant Standard Features

  • 311-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • High-intensity-discharge headlights
  • 8-inch touch-screen navigation system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Hands-free trunk opening system
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 420-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 engine
  • All-wheel drive (V-6 only)
  • Full-color head-up display
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Manual sunshades for rear side windows
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Matte-finish wood trim
  • Lexicon premium audio
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Lane departure warning and prevention
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
Vehicle Overview

Hyundai's Genesis is one of two luxury models offered by the Korean automaker, sized somewhere between a midsize and full-size luxury car. Offering the Genesis in 3.8 and 5.0 models, Hyundai takes aim at competitors like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6.

New for 2016
Following its extensive redesign for 2015, the Genesis adds standard high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED daytime running lights for the 2016 model year. A full-color head-up display is now included on the 5.0 model.

Significant Standard Features

  • 311-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • High-intensity-discharge headlights
  • 8-inch touch-screen navigation system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Hands-free trunk opening system
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 420-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 engine
  • All-wheel drive (V-6 only)
  • Full-color head-up display
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Manual sunshades for rear side windows
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Matte-finish wood trim
  • Lexicon premium audio
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Lane departure warning and prevention
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
29 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Great value or looks, economy and dependability

by Col. Klink from Reno, NV on July 28, 2018

I have owned BMWs, Audis and this is by far a better overall value and low cost maintenance car ever. I just purchase my second Genisis Read full review

(5.0)

Loved it

by Michelleb from Miam,FL on July 15, 2018

This car is amazing. Very comfortable and very family friendly car. Great seats and some awesome features. Great size car and it looks great on the outside Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Hyundai Genesis 3.8

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Newer than 5 model years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    5 years/60,000 miles (from remainder of original)

  • Powertrain

    10 years/100,000 miles and 10 years/100,000 miles for hybrid/electric vechicle batteries.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    150-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Genesis received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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