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2010 Hyundai Genesis

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2010 Hyundai Genesis Review

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After entering the U.S. market with an inexpensive (some might say cheap) subcompact car more than 20 years ago, Hyundai has continued a climb upscale. Last year, the brand took its most ambitious step in that direction ever with the introduction of the Hyundai Genesis, a luxury sedan with the amenities of vehicles costing thousands of dollars more. Though intended to compete against the likes of the Chrysler 300C, Lexus ES 350 and the Volkswagen CC, the new Genesis actually channels attributes of even more expensive models, like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Powered by either advanced V6 or V8 engines, the rear-drive Genesis is filled with upscale items like adaptive front lighting, proximity key with push-button start and a truly amazing Lexicon 7.1 surround-sound audio system.

You'll Like This Car If...

We think you'll like the Genesis if you are less concerned about brand prestige and more concerned about the driving experience and the vehicle's feature set.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you seek the razor-sharp handling of the best of the German luxury brands, you may not be satisfied with the Genesis despite the fact that in V8 form it mimics them well.

What's New for 2010

Smart Cruise Control and an electronic parking brake with automatic hill hold are added to the Technology Package, while a new 7-inch navigation system is made available on 3.8 and standard on 4.6 trims. Ultra-premium leather seats are added to 3.8 Premium, Premium Navigation and Technology Packages.

Driving the Genesis
Driving Impressions

While hard to distinguish from the outside except for their different wheels, the V6-powered Genesis 3.8 and the V8-powered Genesis 4.6 have different characters. The 3.8 offers 290 horsepower, which...

... is plenty, and feels softer over the road and in hard cornering than its 375-horsepower near-twin. Both accelerate smartly, but we prefer the extra horsepower, taut feel and more responsive electro-hydraulic steering of the 4.6. Stopping is swift and sure thanks to large four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist and electronic brake distribution (EBD). The brakes on the 4.6 models are especially notable – four-piston fixed-caliper front brakes with larger front rotors. Hyundai calls the Genesis a sports sedan, and while the 3.8-liter version might be a little soft to justify that, the V8-powered car lives up to it. The interior quiet during all types of driving is praiseworthy, and a sophisticated rear backup camera plus eight ultrasonic sensors located on the front and rear bumpers help detect how close objects are when parking.

Lexicon Audio System
The sound from this 7.1 discrete audio system is not only powerful, it is beautifully nuanced – one of the best factory sound systems we've ever heard in a vehicle of any price. Auxiliary USB and iPod inputs allow drivers to fully control and charge iPods directly from the head unit.

Overall Interior
As noted before, the interior of the Genesis is truly outstanding. The extravagant use of genuine leather and wood plus meticulous fit-and-finish make for an interior worthy of a top luxury brand.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Details
Interior

To our practiced eyes the interior of the Hyundai Genesis is almost shockingly good. The leather-wrapped dashboard and steering wheel show levels of design and execution that would put many luxury-brand interiors to shame. The front seats are not only covered with rich leather but, optionally, they are both heated and cooled. The rear seat area is equally well-finished and has ample head-, hip-, shoulder- and legroom. The design of the dash is simple, which makes operation of the climate control system easy. (Of course, with automatic temperature control, it doesn't take much fooling with.) Hyundai decided to emulate the European brands by using a joystick-type controller for navigation and audio functions, and that is a mixed blessing. Yes, you need master only one interface, but that interface isn't all that intuitive.

Exterior

Attractive though conservative and largely derivative are ways to describe the Hyundai Genesis's exterior. Its light but torsionally stiff body structure echoes styling motifs from several luxury brand competitors. The grille and front end evoke Mercedes-Benz, while the rear quarters complete with LED taillights pay homage to both BMW and Lexus. The judicious use of polished metal for items like window surrounds, door handles and the attractive wheels add a decidedly upscale feel. The overall exterior look is handsome but without much hint that this sedan is a Hyundai. However, the architecture does facilitate a laudable 52-percent/48-percent front/rear weight bias that aids both handling and ride.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In the Hyundai tradition the Genesis provides a rich assortment of standard features per dollar spent, including the handy proximity key with alarm and entry system; power windows with front auto-up/down with pinch protection; remote fuel door, hood and trunk releases; one-touch power tilt-and-slide sunroof; leather seats; woodgrain accented dash; Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone interface and USB/iPod auxiliary inputs. The wealth of safety items includes electronic stability control (ESC), advanced dual front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants, and electronic active head restraints.

Optional Equipment

For everyday enjoyment of the vehicle, the prime option is the Lexicon-branded audio system featuring LOGIC 7 technology. Rolls-Royce is the only other automotive brand to offer a Lexicon system, and the surround-sound, 11-channel, 17-speaker extravaganza that produces more than 500 watts is certainly of super-luxury-brand quality. It features both HD and XM satellite radio, and in navigation-equipped models it includes a 40-gigabyte hard drive and XM NavTraffic. Another key option is the automatic front lighting system that allows the Xenon high intensity discharge headlights to swivel automatically for better visibility when cornering.

Under the Hood

We have nothing but good things to say about both engines available in the Genesis sedan. For most drivers we think the 290-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 will be more than adequate, while offering slightly better fuel economy. But we can't help preferring the intoxicating power of the 4.6 liter V8, which is ably abetted by its six-speed automatic transmission. Happily, the fuel economy penalty is small. Both engines are rated to run on regular fuel, but premium gas gives the V8 a slight power and torque boost.

3.8-liter V6
290 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
264 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27

4.6-liter V8
375 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
333 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

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2010 Hyundai Genesis Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 416 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Great But

By on Sunday, July 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,764

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, Great price, Fast"

Cons: "Stiff ride, premiun gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I love my car a lot i bought it brand new, If you want a stiff ride fast and can easily cut through traffic , this is the car for you. But if you want little more luxury and don't want to have to put premium gas in your car then I would look else were."

Best sports car I've ever owned for the money!

By on Sunday, June 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast, Fun, Handling."

Cons: "A little stiff for a big soft guy like me."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Love this car!

"I bought this car used about four months ago and it's awesome for the money I paid (about 16k). It had about 53k miles on the odometer and was in basically mint condition. I love this car. It's fast and luxury all wrapped up in one. I never owned a Hyundai before, but I'm sold on this brand now. Don't hesitate, buy this car!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love this car!

Finest vehicle we have ever owned

By on Saturday, June 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,188

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Flawless car, very nimble, really fun to drive"

Cons: "Outside temp guage is not displayed full time."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We initially leased the 3.8 Genesis (black pearl ext & cashmere leather int) with Premium Package as a trial. We have owned seven new Cadillac (only) automobiles from 1986 through 2013. Not one of them would compare to the quality form, fit, and function of the 2013 Genesis sedan. The 3.8 engine delivered astonishing gas mileage on our trips (up to 31 mpg @ 80 mph); while performing like a muscular V-8 at all times. It came with 4 manuals which must be reviewed in detail to completely enjoy all of the features available. For the first 3 years of use, and through today, absolutely nothing has failed or required attention. On the road, the only real sound is your breathing, or the 14 speakers playing! We were so pleased with the car, we purchased it. No more Cadillac cars for us."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Would buy it again tomorrow!

By on Friday, May 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks, V6 power, handling, grip, and reliability"

Cons: "Shifter is vague, stability control too intrusive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Two years and 16K miles and I would still buy this car again. My 3.8 Rspec has everything I need, (although it lacks cruise control), and really nothing that I miss. Audio is great for a factory piece, the ride is firm enough when it needs to be but not jarring. The handling and grip is terrific when the stability control is turned off. Otherwise, the stability control is too intrusive. Power is fantastic across the rev range, and pulls well from low revs. The 6spd shifter is a bit vague but the gearing is very good for spirited driving. The V6 exhaust note is very nice, which I improved a bit w/ a Magnaflow cat back system. Reliability has been perfect, no issues. Mobil 1 oil changes every 5K, and that's all I've spent on the car. Couldn't ask for a better daily driver, especially one that I can still take to the track on the weekends. Highly recommend."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Love it, but left me stranded twice

By on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,750

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "price, fun to drive, comfort"

Cons: "not reliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I love this car for so many reasons. The saddle leather is to die for. The stereo is great. It handles very well and is quite comfortable on long hauls. It also passes trucks on a 6% incline like few others on the road. My one major problem is that it has left me stranded twice. The first happened in June 2015. The car had about 12,000 miles on it. That time it just would not start. It had some power but everything else was locked down. The dealer replaced the engine control module (the engine's computer). It took over three weeks because they had to ship it from Korea. This time (May 2016), it did not even have power. Not only would it not start, there was no power at all. I could not even open the trunk (there is a secret physical lock that the service dept. had to show me. It's not the battery and they have to bring an expert in because they can't even run a diagnostic. It makes me so sad because I love so much about the car, but I don't trust it anymore. It's also sad because our 1972 Chevy truck has only left us stranded twice (44 years old vs 2 years old0."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

WHY BUY A MERCEDES BENZ

By on Monday, March 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, handling and overall quality."

Cons: "Slow transmission shifts."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The Hyundai Genesis is an outstanding value and in my opinion is comparable with Mercedes Benz, BMW and a much better value than Lexus. I own the R-Spec 229 HP model and the power output is absolutely outstanding. The interior is leather and is wearing well. The sound system is exceptionally good and the navigation system works well but entering destinations requires some patience due to the manner in which addresses are entered. For a large, heavy sedan handling and cornering are outstanding. The only complaint that I have with this car is that the automatic 8 speed is slower than I like in selecting a gear under heavy acceleration. Basically everything considered, I love this car."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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