Hyundai introduced the Hyundai Genesis in 2008 and spun it off to be its own entity in 2017. During that time, many buyers fell in love with this executive sedan. This car was the first entry by the company into the luxury sedan market in the United States. Even the first generation of this car made luxury car buyers take note as it was named the 2009 Car of the Year Award. From that first generation until the present, this automobile has been impressing luxury car buyers worldwide.

Price and Value

Hyundai introduced the second generation of Genesis in 2013. Buyers have a choice between the standard 3.8-liter engine or a 5.0 R-spec engine. Dual exhaust, dual-zone climate control, and leather seats are standard equipment in this understated vehicle. The DH was the first generation of this car to offer an optional technology package with an 8-inch informational display.

While the original Hyundai Genesis car was called the G80, it got a significant facelift in 2015, which added significantly to the value of these automobiles. Highway Drive Assist and Driver Attention Alert became standard equipment. The company improved the V6 and V8 Lambda engines to make them more fuel-efficient and so that they would provide better performance. One of the most significant changes was that these vehicles became all-wheel drive. Depending on the trim level you choose, you can find a used Genesis for between around $14,000-$25,000.

Hyundai Genesis: A trail-blazing exec sedan (and coupe)
Size and Seating Capacity

The third generation of Hyundai Genesis introduced in the United States is available in three models:

G70 – The G70 is 184.4 inches long. This five-passenger vehicle offers 39.7 inches of front headroom, 56.3 inches of front shoulder room, and 42.6 inches of front legroom. It offers 36.9 inches of rear headroom, 54.6 inches of rear shoulder room, and 34.8 inches of rear legroom. This vehicle has 10.5 cubic feet of storage space.

G80 – The G80 is a five-passenger vehicle that is 196.5 inches long. This middle model features 41.1 inches of front headroom, 58.3 inches of front shoulder room, and 45.7 inches of front legroom. Rear passengers get 38.2 inches of rear headroom, 57.1 inches of rear shoulder room, and 35.0 inches of rear legroom. This model offers 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

G90 – The G90 is a five-passenger luxury sedan that is 204.9 inches long. This top-of-the-line model features 41.1 inches of front headroom, 59.1 inches of front shoulder room, and 46.3 inches of front legroom. Backseat passengers can take advantage of 38.0 inches of rear headroom, 57.9 inches of rear shoulder room, and 37.8 inches of rear legroom. This model offers 15.7 cubic feet of storage space.

Battery, Range, and Engine Specs

You’ll find a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine in the Hyundai Genesis G70. In the Genesis G70, the four-cylinder engine delivers 252 horsepower while the V6 produces 365 horsepower. The G80 offers three engine options.

A 3.3-liter V6 engine delivers 311 horsepower, and the twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 provides 365 horsepower. This model also offers a 5.0-liter V-8 engine providing 420 horsepower. Hyundai has also given buyers the choice of the same three engines in the Genesis 90, and they deliver the same horsepower.

Hyundai Genesis: A trail-blazing exec sedan (and coupe)
Trims and Features

The Hyundai Genesis comes in many different trim levels.

The G70 is the entry-level model, and nine exterior colors are available. There are five trim levels available, with the company offering most with either the 2.0- or the 3.3-liter engine.

The G70 2.0T or 3.3T is a luxury sedan rides on 18-inch tires. It features eight-way, power-adjustable leatherette seats, dual-climate control, a hands-free trunk, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The G70 2.0T or 3.3T Sport is the next level up and rides on 19-inch tires. Copper headlight bezel accents, dark tint taillight covers, and a dark chrome grille add to this trim level’s sporty appearance. Enjoy the Sport’s quilted napa leather seating.

The G70 2.0T 6MT has a manual transmission option and features 19-inch tires, Brembo brakes, and a sport exhaust. Inside, it features heated and ventilated front seats and a 15-speaker sound system.

The G70 2.0T Elite or 3.3T Elite features LED headlights, power-folding, auto-dimming side mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers. Heated and ventilated leather seats make riding in this vehicle enjoyable, and you can trust the navigation system to help you get where you are going.

Add safety to any drive by using the heads-up surround-view monitor of the G70 3.3T Prestige. There are heated, quilted Napa leather front and rear seats in this trim level.

The G80 is the middle of the pack when it comes to Hyundai Genesis vehicles. This vehicle comes in three different packages. The G80 standard package includes a black interior with heated seats in the front. Many safety features are standard, including forward-collision-avoidance assist, blind-spot collision warning, and high-beam assist.

Choose between black, gray, or beige interior leather seats with the G80 Sport. This option rides on 19-inch wheels features sport front and rear bumpers, rocker molding, and a dark chrome grille to give it a sportier appearance.

The G80 Ultimate 3.3T comes with the choice of black, gray, ivory, or beige napa leather seat. It comes standard with a 17-speaker sound system and CD player.

G80 5.0 Ultimate includes a matte wood finish and aluminum trimmed interior. This trim level has a heads-up HD navigational system.

The top model in the Hyundai Genesis is the G90. It is available in two trim levels. The base G90 comes loaded with many features, including power seats, a 17-speaker sound system, driver-attention warning, safe-exit assist, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring. The ultimate package adds a rear-seat entertainment system and power rear seats.

The Hyundai Genesis coupe is available in three trim levels. The Coupe base is a two-door car available in six exterior colors. It is rear-wheel drive with a black interior. The Coupe R is also a two-door car available in five exterior colors. It is rear-wheel drive with a manual transmission. The Coupe Ultimate is available in six exterior colors, and it is rear-wheel drive.

Hyundai Genesis: A trail-blazing exec sedan (and coupe)

The Hyundai Genesis has won several top-pick safety awards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One of the reasons is that these cars provide outstanding front crash protection.


In the J.D. Power 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study, Genesis finished at the top of the list for producing the most dependable cars. The company named the Genesis G80 as their top pick for the most reliable mid-size premium car.

The Takeaway

Since first being introduced in North America in 2008, buyers have loved the luxury look and drive of these automobiles with much lower price tags than other luxury sedans. Models reflect elegant refinement that makes this car turn heads regardless of where you roam. The company has earned top marks for producing dependable vehicles built to last.