The all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis is not in the stores yet and it is already garnering accolades from the automotive media across the country. Most recently, in the first week of May, the 2015 Genesis was named by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) as the 2014 Car of Texas while the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) also honored it with their Top Family Choice award.
The Texas Auto Writers gathered at the Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth on Monday (April 29) to drive nearly fifty entries (across multiple categories) from manufacturers in their annual Texas Auto Roundup. Hyundai entered an all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0L RWD in the Mid-size Luxury Car category. After eight hours of intense evaluation of the various cars on the inner oval track and the two road courses adjacent, the votes were tallied.
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis was a top choice in several categories by considerable measure. The Genesis not only won the top place as the overall 2014 Car of Texas, but was voted the 2014 Mid-size Luxury Car of Texas and was also recognized with the Best New Interior award. And they were not done there. The forty-plus TAWA members in attendance voted the Genesis as the 2014 Family Car of Texas – in a tie with the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country. Based on first place votes received, the Town & Country was given the top award with the Genesis being the first runner-up.
This new Genesis is a real jewel – in my opinion - based on two trips with it at the TAWA event. The first time, I took a back seat ride, with my partner at the wheel, as we whipped around the adjacent road courses. The new Genesis has tremendous back seat room with very comfortable seating. There was little noise in the cabin from the road allowing us to have very clear normal voice conversation between front and back seat as we discussed the ride and handling of the new Genesis. There is one section of the short road course that is particularly uneven with many holes and ruts to ruin a good ride. Not so in this new Genesis. It easily navigated that section with almost no noise or vibration noted in the cabin. We gave it top scores in ride, comfort and luxury for this new cabin.
The new Genesis drive power and handling performance were equally impressive. Our test Genesis was the rear-wheel drive (RWD) model with the 5.0L V8 and 8-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic Manual Mode. On my trip behind the wheel, this power train, coupled with a superb suspension (revamped for 2015) and using the paddle shifters to direct the 420 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque through to the 19-inch wheels – enabled a powerful ride that I was (sadly) unable to fully unleash due to speed limits set by the track on the various courses.
With the V8 starting at $51,500, it occurred to me that the V6 (starting at $38,000), with its 311 horses and the same 8-speed transmission and equipped with the new optional advanced HTRAC all-wheel drive (AWD) – would be a more than adequate and desirable choice for the many who do not have the desire to go quite as fast, but want to still be very quick – with a healthy dose of luxury.
Either way, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, with its excellent blend of luxury and performance at an affordable price, is likely to be chosen often by consumers in the new model year.