2012 Hyundai Genesis

3.8 RWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

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2012 Hyundai Genesis
2012 Hyundai Genesis
Hyundai's Genesis is the real deal: a world-class, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan that's not afraid to spar with the best that Lexus, Buick, and others have to offer. The three Trim Levels -- 3.8, 4.6, and 5.0 R-Spec -- denote their respective engine displacements. The 3.8-liter V-6 should please even more buyers this year, as it receives a 43-hp bump for 2012; a bit more cash buys the 4.6-liter V-8 and all its lovely trimmings and extra oomph. The 4.6-liter is no longer the top-dog trim level in the Genesis sedan, however, with the appearance of the 5.0 R-Spec, which offers 44 more horses and sportier chassis tuning for a premium of only $2000. For 2012, all sedans also get a cosmetic face-lift and a more efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. The coupe version of the Genesis looks far different from the sedan and is equipped with either a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder or the sedan's 3.8-liter V-6 (without direct injection). The two-door tries -- but mostly fails -- to compete with the Infiniti G37 and the BMW 3-series. Some say it's a shameless amalgam of several premier upscale cars, but the Genesis -- both in sport-coupe and luxury-sedan form -- is nonetheless an impressive effort, so if you're looking for a premium car that's relatively easy on your wallet, be sure to test-drive a Genesis. If you desire all-star large-car luxury at a cut rate, you might consider ponying up for the newer Equus, but that car's existence might conveniently help create some good deals on Genesis sedans.
2012 Hyundai Genesis 5 0 Front Left View
Although the Genesis sedan is less of a revelation than it was when it debuted three years ago, it's still a worthwhile option in the near-luxury segment. Its infotainment interface continues to be one of the most attractive and user-friendly systems and its cabin remains cosseting and unique without feeling stuffy or overwrought.
2012 Hyundai Geneis Front Three Quarter
What’s in a badge? Don’t answer that question, because Hyundai’s about to do so: we hear the automaker is working on making the Genesis name a sub-brand in the vein of Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti.
2012 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Side Shot
Hyundai recently introduced its new eight-speed automatic transmission in the Genesis sedan, but apparently it’s not enough -- and neither is nine.
2012 Hyundai Genesis 3 8 Front Left Side View
The Hyundai Genesis just feels right. The steering has enough weight and precision to interest a driving enthusiast, while remaining light enough to appease the casual commuter. The engine and transmission are smooth and restrained, but can usher up performance if you mash the go pedal. All the buttons, gauges, and screens are legible and easy to use. The headlights now have a cool curved LED accent strip, which looks fantastic at night. In short, every part of the Genesis feels taut, precise, and elegant.
2012 Hyundai Genesis 3 8 Front Left View
2012 Hyundai Genesis 5 0 R Spec Front Right View
If you are simply trying to get the most for your $50,000, the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec makes a ton of sense -- more power than a BMW 550i or Infiniti M56 for the price of a 535i or M37. The ten-spoke wheels add a welcome touch of menace to the quiet exterior, and the hushed 5.0-liter V-8 sounds pretty good when you really wail on it. Even at full throttle, though, it can't drown out the sound of Hyundai knocking a glass ceiling. The automaker has hit many homeruns over the past two years -- including the Genesis -- but it still has something to learn when it comes to getting people to spend close to $50,000. The 5.0 R-Spec is nice, of course. It's fast, luxurious, and well put together. So is the $35,000 Genesis 3.8. The important difference is that the 3.8 competes in a price range where many buyers really want a practical, luxurious, nondescript looking sedan. For $45,000 to $50,000, I think people want to feel a bit special.
2012 Hyundai Genesis 5 0 R Spec Rear Left Side View

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2012 Hyundai Genesis Specifications

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3.8L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
333 hp @ 6400rpm
291 ft lb of torque @ 5100rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
60,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 120 months
Unlimited miles / 84 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Genesis vehicles manufactured April 30, 2008, through March 28, 2012. The vehicles may contain brake fluid which does not protect against corrosion of the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU).
If the module corrodes, reduced brake effectiveness may result, increasing the risk of a crash.
Hyundai will notify owners and instruct them to bring their vehicle to a dealer for service. Hyundai will inspect the HECU module for proper operation, and will replace the modules as necessary. Hyundai will replace the factory brake fluid in those vehicles that have not previously had the factory brake fluid replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. The recall began on December 24, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151 or by email at consumeraffairs@hmausa.com. Hyundai's recall number is 114.
Potential Units Affected
Hyundai Motor Company

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