The Hyundai Genesis proved the company could make a credible luxury sedan, beyond the mainstream models it's best-known for.
What's New for 2015
For 2015, the Genesis gets all-new styling that's not-so-slightly a nod to recent Audis. The engines are largely carryover, with the 3.8-liter V6 now rated at 311 horsepower. All-wheel drive is a new option, available with the 3.8. All models get an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Choosing Your Hyundai Genesis
The 3.8 models start off at about $39,000, and include 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, backup camera, a 7-speaker audio system with HD and satellite radio, 8-inch navigation display, keyless entry and start, Hyundai's BlueLink telematics and a 4.2-inch multi-function display in the instrument cluster.
All-wheel drive is a $2,500 option, which also includes heated rear seats, heated steering wheel and heated headlight washers. The $4,000 Signature Package adds a panoramic sunroof, power adjustment for steering wheel, power rear sunshade, ventilated front seats, blind spot and cross-traffic alert and a 14-speaker Lexicon audio system.
The Tech Package includes the Signature Package, as well as lane departure warning and lane keep assist, emergency brake assist, high beam assist, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and a 7-inch multi-function display in the instrument panel.
Finally, the Ultimate Package bundles everything on top of matte finish aluminum and wood trim, a head-up display, a 9.2-inch navigation display and a power trunk lid.
The Genesis 5.0 includes the V8 engine, as well as LED fog lights and the contents of the Signature and Tech packages. The available Ultimate Package includes continuous damping suspension, head-up display, 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, 9.2-inch navigation display and a power trunk lid.
While $50,000 sounds like a lot for a Hyundai, the Genesis 3.8 can be packed with lots of technology that would make other luxury cars blush -- especially for that price.