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Hyundai’s mid-size luxury sedan raises the bargain bar in 2015 after receiving a full makeover, inside and out.

The Numbers

  • MSRP: $38,000
  • Tested Price: $49,950 (MSRP plus $950 destination fee and $11,000 option list, which includes Signature Package, Tech Package, and Ultimate Package)
  • 3.8-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission (tested)
  • 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft. of torque
  • 18 mpg in the city
  • 29 mpg on the highway
  • 22 mpg combined
  • 15.3 cubic feet of trunk cargo room

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Our tester came with all three of Hyundai's optional packages. The Signature Package ($4,000) includes a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, HID headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and power rear sunshade. The Tech Package ($3,500) includes upgraded leather seating, power driver seat bolstering, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, radar cruise control, haptic steering, automatic emergency braking, high beam assist, and front/rear parking assistance system. The Ultimate Package ($3,500) includes matte finish wood trim, heads-up display, power open/close trunk, 9.2-inch infotainment display, and Lexicon 17-speaker audio system.

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Hits

  • Gorgeous interior/exterior makeover lifts level of aesthetic appeal and features
  • 3.8-liter V6 delivers respectable fuel economy figures
  • Very comfortable and quiet cabin with well bolstered and highly configurable driver’s seat
  • Infotainment system is intuitive and takes advantage of latest smartphone apps, including voice-enabled search via Google
  • Radar-assisted cruise control probably works the best of all systems we’ve tested to-date
  • When fully optioned up, Genesis still costs less than comparably equipped competition from Europe

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Misses

  • While handling is improved over the previous generation, it does not equal or surpass its German competition
  • Lack of road feel through steering wheel prevents driver from feeling engaged
  • No heated steering wheel available; a huge miss in the luxury segment
  • No foot well vents in the driver’s cockpit means cold toes in the winter, sweaty feet in the summer

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Value Retention

As far as retaining its value goes, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sits in seventh place (out of 11) within the three-year-old mid-size luxury segment by holding 45.6% of its value in 2015. The Genesis stays just above the segment value retention score average of 45.5% for 2015.

Our Verdict on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, “When fully optioned up, the ’15 #Hyundai #Genesis is a ton of car & tech for the money.”