By Ted Orme
About a year ago I reviewed a $51,500, rear-wheel-drive, V-8 powered 2015 Hyundai Genesis; the company’s challenge, along with the $60K Equus, to enter the true luxury sedan arena. I found it to be a worthy competitor. I loved the feel and sound of the 5-0-liter, 420 horsepower V-8 engine; the silky smooth 8-speed automatic transmission; and the excellent Lotus tuned Genesis chassis and suspension – not to mention a swarm of safety features and fun bells and whistles.
Recently, I got my hands on another 2015 Genesis. This one had all-wheel-drive, a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine, even more bells and whistles and a price tag of $52,450. How would less power and more goodies affect my very favorable impression of the V-8 Genesis? If anything, I’m even more impressed with the V-6 AWD version.
Maybe it’s a sign of age and diminished testosterone, but 311 horsepower is all power I need to do everything I want to do on the road. Plus, the lighter weight and AWD, together with a near perfectly damped suspension, give the V-6 Genesis better balance and seemingly improved handling and ride, particularly in adverse weather conditions.