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Although Hyundai doesn’t have a “luxury” tag on its vehicles, there’s no doubt that the 2015 Genesis could legitimately slip into that category among midsize sedans.

There’s no question that established luxury brands like the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A-6, and Lexus GS 350 are in an elite class. But make room for the new Genesis as well.


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Thanks to its elegant, modern new look, and explosive performance, the Genesis is quite an impressive sedan.

Redesigned for 2015, the Genesis features a roomier cabin, improved engines, better fuel economy, additional entertainment options, and offers all-wheel drive (V6 only) for the first time.

The new-look Genesis possesses a sophisticated exterior with long lines that should make it appealing to young car buyers, which is exactly the Hyundai game plan. For 2015, there’s a new grille and the distinctive Genesis badge remains on the hood. The rear is virtually unchanged.

It’s not like the Genesis came out of nowhere. It debuted in 2008 as a very appealing sedan. However, the original Genesis engine was somewhat pokey and the handling mediocre. Even with its modest price tag and drivetrain (10 years/100,000 miles) guaranty, the Genesis needed improvements – sales weren’t very good.

Hyundai initially addressed the Genesis’ deficiencies in 2012 and continues to add to its credentials. And the result now is a pretty cool car that still provides a lot of bang for the buck, a trademark of the South Korean auto manufacturer.

2015 Hyundai Genesis

  • Performance: 3.8-liter, V-6, 311 horsepower; 5.0-liter, V8, 420 horsepower
  • Mileage estimate: 23-29 mph; 15-18 mpg
  • Price: $38,000 to $51,500
  • Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles; drivetrain 10 years/100,000 miles; corrosion 6 years/unlimited; roadside assistance 5 years/unlimited

The Genesis offers that fun factor where tight turns can be taken much faster. Thanks to a retuned suspension and new chassis, it’s quite adept on a challenging country road with S turns or in highway situations.

Both Genesis engines have rear-wheel drive and are partnered with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Test-driven here was the high-powered 5.0-liter, V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The acceleration can be exhilarating and makes the Genesis a super fun vehicle to drive that’s quiet as well.

Despite the V8’s superior power, some industry experts prefer the more modest priced V6 version – 3.8-liter, 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque – because it still provides impressive performance and is much better on gas mileage – 23-29 mph vs. 15-18 mpg for the V8. Speaking of mileage, both versions of the Genesis come up short when compared to its luxury vehicle competition.

Inside, the Genesis provides a solid and smart instrumentation panel that won’t have its owners diving into the manual for instructions. A sprinkling of wood trim gives it an upscale look. The seating is comfortable and roomy for all five people. Trunk space is generous with 15.3 cubic feet and a wide opening that’s very accommodating.

Starting at $38,000 and rising to a high of around $51,500, the Genesis remains a great buy. It doesn’t possess the cache of its high-end luxury competitors, but its appealing looks and terrific performances will have friends admiring your choice of vehicles.