Overview: Hyundai’s full-load sedan tries to make you forget all about Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus, Cadillac and other high-ranking four-doors. No two-door coupe version this year, but an all-new two-door is scheduled for 2017.
Drivetrain: V6 and V8 engines provide plenty of passing power; an eight-speed automatic transmission handles the shifting; all-wheel-drive offered only with the V6.
The Genesis sedan resides at the premium end of Hyundai’s model spectrum (directly below the Equus) and the current generation that arrived for 2015 maintains that position. It competes with the Lexus LS, BMW 5- and 7-series and Mercedes-Benz E- and S-Class sedans in every area except price and pedigree. Although Hyundai has maintained the Genesis’s overall length to within an inch of the previous design, the distance between the front and rear wheels was increased by three inches, resulting in more space for all passengers. The starting-point powerplant is a 3.8-liter V6 is rated at 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. The optional 5.0-liter V8 makes 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift capability is standard with both. The powertrains are positioned inside a rigid platform that was necessitated by the availability of all-wheel-drive, which is a first for any Hyundai passenger car. The system, which can be had only with V6 versions, distributes the torque 40:60 front-to-rear in normal driving conditions, but sends up to 90 percent to the front or 100 percent to the rear wheels when slippage is detected. However in Sport mode, added rear torque bias can be locked in for improved handling agility. Among a host of convenience features is a Smart Trunk that opens automatically whenever someone with the key fob stands near the trunk lid for three seconds.