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2015 Hyundai Genesis

$38,000 to $51,500
18 City - 29 Hwy

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Changes for the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan:

Hyundai says the redesigned 2015 Genesis Sedan is better to drive, and that it offers new safety, infotainment, comfort, and convenience features, including next-generation Blue Link technology. Models with a V-6 engine are available with a new all-wheel-drive system intended to make the Genesis more appealing to Snowbelt dwellers.

Model Lineup:

The redesigned Genesis is available in 3.8, 3.8 HTRAC, and 5.0 model series, each well stocked with equipment.

Highlights of available new features for 2015 include aluminum or matte wood interior trim, manual rear window sunshades, a heads-up display, and a panoramic sunroof. The Genesis also offers new High Beam Assist and Automatic Vehicle Hold systems, front and rear parking assist sensors, and a hands-free Smart Trunk that opens with a proximity sensing key fob.

Engines and Transmissions:

The 2015 Genesis Sedan’s engines are carried over from the previous model, but are revised to offer a flatter torque curve at slight expense to horsepower ratings.

In the Genesis 3.8 and 3.8 HTRAC, a 3.8-liter V-6 engine makes 311 horsepower, delivered to the rear wheels or all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Genesis 5.0 model gets a 420-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive.

All Genesis models have Intelligent Drive Mode technology with Normal, Eco, Sport, and Snow settings. Hyundai also says it has improved the steering, suspension, and braking systems for 2015.

Fuel Economy Ratings:

The Genesis 3.8 is EPA-rated to get 22 mpg in combined driving. Add the optional all-wheel-drive system, and that rating drops to 19 mpg. Not surprisingly, the powerful Genesis 5.0 trades efficiency for horsepower, rating 18 mpg in combined driving.

Safety Ratings:

It might not be particularly fuel efficient, but the 2015 Genesis Sedan sure is safe. According to the NHTSA, it gets 5-star crash-test ratings in every assessment, plus a 5-star rating for its ability to resist rolling over in a lateral skid. Add a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and it simply does not get better than a Genesis Sedan in terms of safety.

Technology Highlights:

The new Genesis offers a long list of safety technologies designed to prevent an accident from occurring in the first place. Highlights include Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning, Smart Cruise Control with full-stop capability and Automatic Emergency Braking, and an Emergency Steering Support Mode. There’s even a cabin CO2 sensor to help prevent driver drowsiness.

The car’s Blue Link smartphone pairing and services technology includes Automatic Collision Notification and SOS Emergency Assistance, as well as the ability for the parent of a teenaged driver to program certain vehicle features in order to promote safety and security. Additionally, Blue Link offers new features including Siri Eyes Free capability, an Intelligent Assistant App, a Google Glass App, and more.

Genesis buyers can also upgrade to a 17-speaker, 900-watt premium audio system and a navigation system with a 64GB solid state drive, 30GB of usable storage, advanced voice recognition, and a 9.2-inch display screen.

Written by Christian Wardlaw

July 31, 2014