How does a Hyundai Genesis hold up in the long-term? Bought a 2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 with Premium + Tech packages in 2015 right after the previous owner completed his lease. The car is now 5 years old. Here is my review after 2 years with the car. I go over the pros, cons, maintenance, issues, and other general thoughts.

Other videos:
1. Engineering Menu, PRADA logo change, Reset Amp (audio loss): automobilrevue.net/v/SXRNYWxlMjFKOWM
2. 0-60: automobilrevue.net/v/elcwVzMtVlJEemc
3. Headlights, Taillights, etc: automobilrevue.net/v/a09oYi1Mb2tSMTQ

Timeline
0:00 Overview
0:37 Costs
0:53 Fuel efficiency
1:30 Pros (Features)
3:11 Instrument cluster
3:31 Media (Nav, Lexicon, etc.)
4:00 Center console
4:57 Homelink
5:20 Rear seat
7:05 Exterior
7:34 Trunk
7:50 Cons
9:21 Warranty Work
10:42 Conclusion

Comments

    • rucussing
      rucussing

      I found and I am buying a 2012 I found on Monday. No Nav system, or sunroof. But it looks great and only has 68,000 miles on it.

      about 5 days ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to rucussing

      Sounds good. Hope you enjoy it!

      about 5 days ago
    • Robert
      Robert

      i pay $185 cdn a month for this car. and it went up $17 from last year per month. i god damn hate public insurance.

      about 1 month ago
    • Hans LuzHoxsie
      Hans LuzHoxsie

      I have a 2013 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 with 66,000 miles on it, saved up throughout high school and college to buy it and let me tell you it is the best purchase I have ever made. Glorious amounts of space, the car is huge for a sedan, but it still feels like I can maneuver it like a race car. The tech in it is awesome, especially since I upgraded from a 2000 Camry. The car gets some gripe for having to remove the bottom panels if you change the oil yourself, but if you can't handle taking out 10 screws, you should be taking your car to a mechanic to begin with. The new 8 speed transmission in the 2013+ models is amazing, and the computer that handles the automatic shifting is even more so. That car is extremely smooth whether you drive it fast or slow, and the brakes can make a hard stop feel smoother than it should. The Bluetooth is hard to set up, albeit, but once you connect your phone you'll never have to worry about connecting it again, since it connects automatically every time you get into the car. Once I graduate and get a real job, I plan to upgrade to a g80, given I get can land a steady job in this job market. From someone who does all his own work on his car, and spent countless hours researching and debating what car to get, I can say without a doubt that any Genesis is a great car to drive. They are fast, reliable, smooth, luxury, easy to maintenance, and best of all they don't have a BMW Audi Lexus or Infinity logo on them, making them easy to afford for a college student like me.

      about 2 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to Hans LuzHoxsie

      This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

      about 2 months ago
    • wholeNwon
      wholeNwon

      Too many factory defects on yours. Poor factory quality control and/or bad dealer pre-purchase inspection.
      I'll stick to my Lexus.

      about 2 months ago
    • Kristian Kosaka
      Kristian Kosaka In reply to wholeNwon

      +wholeNwon i hope it's good! Im gonna wait for the problems to surface before buying one in a few years

      about 1 month ago
    • wholeNwon
      wholeNwon In reply to wholeNwon

      +Kristian Kosaka Look good but that very new transmission design's longevity is a question.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kristian Kosaka
      Kristian Kosaka In reply to wholeNwon

      The new Genesis G80 3.3T blows the Lexus equivalent out of the water.

      about 1 month ago
    • Alex Leung
      Alex Leung

      Hyundai and Kia are for the poor people with no taste of you can’t afford to drive there are other alternative why look stupid in a shit box and get laugh at?

      about 2 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to Alex Leung

      I don’t have a big ego like you. This is for people who don’t care what others think of them, and don’t need to spend money to show off.

      about 2 months ago
    • Joe Miller
      Joe Miller

      How's the leg room for the deiver for someone like me that's 6'1?

      about 2 months ago
    • Joe Miller
      Joe Miller In reply to Joe Miller

      +KdotSAVAGEGAMING oh alright thanks man, appreciate it

      about 2 months ago
    • KdotSAVAGEGAMING
      KdotSAVAGEGAMING In reply to Joe Miller

      It's very spacey bro. I have the 4.6 your basically driving a luxury car with a sport car attitude

      about 2 months ago
    • Mack Attack
      Mack Attack

      No shit u have alot of legroom being only five foot six inches tall

      about 3 months ago
    • Tom Irwin
      Tom Irwin

      I have the same exact car. Black/black, Performance & Tech packages. 3.8 engine. Wonderful car but several issues. The Lexicon sound system is overrated. I’d rate it one half step above a basic audio system and significantly below several other car audio systems I’ve owned. Midrange is thin, lacking body and overly bright, the bass is loose and the overall texture lacks harmonic richness and sounds like it’s driven by a cheap amplifier. I too have had the audio go dead only to come on again after leaving the engine off for some time. Power windows and side view mirrors also are prone to intermittently stop working. Serious electrical issues with this car. Other than that the overall engineering is outstanding. Bought mine 3 years ago for $20.5K at 28,000 miles. Now approaching 70K and other than the electrical issues it’s been a wonderful car.

      about 3 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to Tom Irwin

      Thanks for sharing!

      about 3 months ago
    • Salem Saberhagen
      Salem Saberhagen

      man whats with no fold down seats on so many luxury cars, such a major downside.

      about 4 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to Salem Saberhagen

      Agreed. Can't stick a 60" TV or a snowboard through the trunk like other cars.

      about 4 months ago
    • N3uroManc3r2600 O'Cornáin
      N3uroManc3r2600 O'Cornáin

      It's a gorgeous car

      about 4 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to N3uroManc3r2600 O'Cornáin

      Thanks!

      about 4 months ago
    • JACK KANGAROO
      JACK KANGAROO

      I bought my 2009 Genesis 4.6 liter V8 in 2014 as a summer road trip vehicle. I've only put 19K miles on it since then----I own 2 older cars that I use as daily drivers----and still love the car after four and a half years. The only problem I've had is that if you start the car and release your foot too quickly off the brake pedal sometimes the car will shut down and the electronics will be stuck in a non-functioning mode. I've since learned this is because the starter was not reading the brake pedal accurately due to early release. To correct this you need to first press the starter button again quickly, then wait for a few seconds and then depress the button again FOR A FULL 30 SECONDS. This will reset the starting sequence. In four years of owning the car this has only happened twice and it was due to my being impatient and releasing the pedal too soon. Depress the pedal and hold your foot there until the motor is running and you should be all right.

      about 4 months ago
    • Joe Miller
      Joe Miller In reply to JACK KANGAROO

      How fast is the 4.6l & how's the gas millage. Good, alright or horrible? What are your thoughts? Will appreciate it.

      about 2 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to JACK KANGAROO

      This is good to know. Thanks for sharing!

      about 4 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay

      For anyone curious about the depreciation curve of the Hyundai Genesis, here’s a new video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLeVxlIMy2g

      about 6 months ago
    • Fran Thomas
      Fran Thomas

      Hi I just got my 2010 Genesis 32,500 miles. . I'm so I in love

      about 6 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to Fran Thomas

      Awesome!

      about 6 months ago
    • Lorraine Schneider
      Lorraine Schneider

      The warranty is for 3yrs or 36000 miles whatever comes first. It has a really clean tech package on the description but just knowing it had miles things may start to break. But is it worth 3900? I am thinking not at this moment. I will do some research . The car had two owners and doesn’t have a scratch inside or out. Owned in Florida. I like it better than the new Genesis, very classic car. I have the navy blue also !Thank you for your reply and I enjoyed the tutorials which I will use on the tech items! I am old so not very good with tech stuff ! Lorraine

      about 7 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to Lorraine Schneider

      I agree, I don’t think it’s worth it.

      about 7 months ago
    • Lorraine Schneider
      Lorraine Schneider

      Hi, do you still have the car? Purchased the car the other day with an extended warranty which was outrageous in price. I was wondering if it was worth the 3900 I paid to the dealer for the warranty .The car has 80,000 miles but has been maintained meticulously. The cost of the car plus warranty was a total of 15000. Can you provide any comment. I have 90days to cancel contract of warranty.

      about 7 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to Lorraine Schneider

      What does the warranty go up to? I still have the car, and it has 70k on it. The only big thing to consider is the AC compressor at $800, if that blows warm as I mentioned in the video. Other than that, still no big ticket repairs. Look at the other people here taking their cars up to 170k miles and more.

      about 7 months ago
    • 24coltsify
      24coltsify

      It’s bad over big pot holes.
      Yeah dumbass you’re supposed to avoid them

      about 8 months ago
    • Bama_ B
      Bama_ B

      Dude’s a hobbit talking about all the leg room 😂

      about 8 months ago
    • CCBeanzzz
      CCBeanzzz In reply to Bama_ B

      It actually does have ample leg room. Far more spacious than my previous Honda's, Nissan's, BMW and Lexus.

      about 8 months ago
    • Adrian G
      Adrian G

      My 2012 Genesis engine blew.. it has 140.00 miles on it and I took very good care of the car.. over it..

      about 9 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to Adrian G

      Whoa! Did anyone explain why it blew? Carbon build up?

      about 9 months ago
    • sarp sarp
      sarp sarp

      Hyundai was scared of using its own logo.

      about 9 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to sarp sarp

      Nah, it was me. I swapped it. The flying H logo is on my desk.

      about 9 months ago
    • Michael Lim
      Michael Lim

      The 2nd gen Genesis was over engineered.

      about 1 year ago
    • Thomas New
      Thomas New

      I have a 2013 Rspec sedan. Love the car and have 94k miles now. The 2013 model fixes a few of your complaints, especially the infotainment area. Great review also

      about 1 year ago
    • Joe Schmo
      Joe Schmo

      I have a 2010 4.6 pearl white, loaded, tech package & had my windows tinted & a borla exhaust added. I just went over the 50K mark. I’ve had no problems mechanically. The Dunlop tires it came with wore out at 22K. I love the vehicle!

      about 1 year ago
    • Miguel T
      Miguel T

      Fantastic review! Thanks for uploading!

      about 1 year ago
    • MortimerEsq
      MortimerEsq

      These cars are a steal, as long as the DPRK doesn't take out South Korea :-( IMO these are a secret deal, way under priced for the car you get. I have had a BMW 740i, 540i, and two Mercedes SL, and one sedan back in the day, a 300SD. None of those cars compare to the Genesis. (Especially considering that in year 2000 I paid $60,000 cash for the 740i. When sold it right after the dot com bust it had depreciated about $30,000.

      An especially smart move was getting the Certified Pre Owned warranty. I always recommend people buy a car from the dealer if they can get a CPO warranty. That's because CPO is from the factory, it is NOT an after-market insurance policy which is a total scam. For those who don't know, CPO basically extends the manufacturer's warranty for about three to five years ADDITIONAL, or to 100,000 miles. On higher mile cars the warranty may be an additional 50,000 miles, regardless of what the odometer indicates. Note: Most dealers don't give a CPO warranty of the car has over specified miles, anywhere from 75,000 to 100,000 miles.

      Bonus Tip: If you are shopping for a used car and want the CPO warranty, make sure the dealer puts it in writing that the warranty is from the car manufacturer. And check it out in writing. Generally nowadays "CERTIFIED" in the name is a term of art, meaning it is an extended factory warranty. Beware the dealer selling bogus "insurance policies" with some fancy name and saying it covers stated parts. Those are written to be deceptive. It sounds great, but due to abuses many states now prohibit calling it a "warranty" if it is not an actual manufacturer warranty. E.g., beware products with names like "Gold Seal Protection Plan" or "Bumper to Bumper Platinum Protection."

      Bonus Tip: Even Certified Pre Owned plans are negotiable in price. E.g., My friend in LA bought an Altima that was three years old at the time. The Nissan dealer offered a "Nissan Extended Warranty" for $2,500 over three years, or 100,000 miles. I was on the phone while she was haggling with the dealer. After I made sure she said it was a Nissan product, I told her to offer $800 for the warranty. They went back and forth, she ended up paying $1,100 for it. (And she took advantage of it a number of times. True story: A few years later she had some problem with the car that the dealer said would cost $3,500 to repair. My friend was bitching about it. I said "Don't you have that extended warranty, that's still in place." She went called the dealer, they looked it up, and yes, it was covered. She paid the $100 deductible and not a dime more. (Yes, this begs the question, why did she have to ask about the warranty. Since she was at a Nissan dealership they could have easily looked it up on their computer national database.)

      about 1 year ago
    • wholeNwon
      wholeNwon In reply to MortimerEsq

      Better than buying an extended warranty on a Nissan with their longevity issues, just buy a Toyota and be done with it.

      about 2 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to MortimerEsq

      Great post. I totally agree here!

      about 1 year ago
    • Black Bean Chicken
      Black Bean Chicken

      Strange, my 2012 Genesis 3.8 can stream BT Music.

      about 1 year ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to Black Bean Chicken

      Yup, that updated radio makes the difference

      about 1 year ago
    • Black Bean Chicken
      Black Bean Chicken In reply to Black Bean Chicken

      Edward Chua yes

      about 1 year ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to Black Bean Chicken

      Do you have the touchscreen?

      about 1 year ago
    • Pablocruiser
      Pablocruiser

      Not revving this engine up is a bad. The GDI engine can and will carbon up if you don't give it a good running on a regular basis. Don't take my word for it, look up direct injection issues. Don't be afraid to put your foot in it, as it is a necessary part of keeping the engine unclogged. The trade off in the GDIs is that you need more frequent oil changes. I rarely exceed 3k between changes. Thanks for the review!!!

      about 1 year ago
    • simon welch
      simon welch In reply to Pablocruiser

      Shell premium ( for some reason) and 18mpg goes to 26. ( I have got three 4.6s and one is over 100,000 miles). Seafoam one bottle every three tankfuls. All go like a bat from hell. Forget 5.0 and younger - all junk. Or you can just let it carbon up and perhaps partially clean it out by gunning it. Semi synthetic every 7,500 miles.

      about 1 year ago
    • Rachel So
      Rachel So

      Great review. I have the exact same car, except for being older (2009). I got it up to 250K miles before serious problems popped up, and even then it had more to do with aging and my abusive use of the car (this car did Uber duty for much of its life) than with the inherent engineering. Variable valve timing solenoid got gunked up and car misfired badly, but now it's fixed.

      Aside from the Uber abuse (which I'm done with), my Genesis has done some crazy road trips - including one of Western Canada and another one across the US. Back in late 2008 when I got this car, it was a bit of a leap of faith as I was dumping a BMW 3-series that seemed perfectly okay at the time, but it's the best swap I've ever done (try finding a 2004 BMW 3-series now that doesn't have a disintegrating interior!).

      about 1 year ago
    • wholeNwon
      wholeNwon In reply to Rachel So

      What were the "serious problems"? Are you referring to the VVT solenoid? That's a simple DIY repair.
      Often the result of too infrequent oil changes.

      about 2 months ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to Rachel So

      Wow, this is very nice! Glad to know it can run up to 250k. Excited for what’s to come!

      about 1 year ago
    • Ness Rosenbrad
      Ness Rosenbrad

      How's the handling of these ? Car enthusiast's say that Hyundai's don't have good handling and it feels very loose. I rented a 17 Elantra the other day and the steering was extremely light I'm wondering if this is the same ?

      about 1 year ago
    • Robert Rodriguez
      Robert Rodriguez In reply to Ness Rosenbrad

      The Genesis has heavy feeling steering, after owning many cars I was like wow this is stuff, but after about 6 months you get used to it and it feels normal to you.

      about 1 month ago
    • Ness Rosenbrad
      Ness Rosenbrad In reply to Ness Rosenbrad

      Good to hear...As long as it's better than the Elantra I drove then that's fine.

      about 1 year ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to Ness Rosenbrad

      I used to drive a 2013 Elantra. Steering is much heavier on Genesis, and feels very solid.. It doesn't turn like a BMW though and doesn't have BMW-like weight to it.

      about 1 year ago
    • General Zod
      General Zod

      These cars are the best value there is. If you were to buy an overpriced kraut-mobile with comparable features & amenities, expect to pay at least 10k more!

      about 1 year ago
    • RisenLife
      RisenLife

      how did you customize the welcome screen to Genesis prada?

      about 1 year ago
    • Edward Jay
      Edward Jay In reply to RisenLife

      See my other YouTube video, called "2009-2012 Hyundai Genesis ENG Menu! Change Startup Logo To PRADA, Fix Sound!" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItMale21J9c)

      about 1 year ago