2013 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Luxury


Luxury cars are expensive to buy and maintain, and can be less reliable than mainstream cars. Cutting-edge safety equipment like side-curtain air bags, active head restraints and electronic stability control were first seen on luxury cars before they filtered down to less exalted vehicles. Luxury cars continue advancing safety with features like radar-guided cruise control and blind spot monitoring systems. Volvo, a pioneer in safety research, has, with its revolutionary City and Pedestrian Safety systems, vaulted into the lead in the commercial application of advanced safety systems. In addition to safety equipment, the careful design and weight of luxury cars enhance safety as well.

A trend in the luxury car market is the greater availability of all-wheel drive. Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz offer all-wheel drive variants of key models. An unwelcome fad in this segment, as it is in others, is the move to bigger and bigger wheels, with 17 inch, 18 inch, and even bigger rims becoming the norm. The large tires are often hard-riding, wear quickly and are be costly to replace. Winter tires for the larger wheels can be very expensive when you can find them, which is not always possible.

Of the cars covered in this section, the ATS and XTS from Cadillac, the ES (300h and 350) from Lexus, the Lincon MKZ, the Mercedes-Benz B250 and Toyota Avalon are all new for 2013.

Numerous vehicles in this category, including the TL and TSX from Acura, the Audi A3, the two-door versions of the BMW 3-Series, the Cadillac CTS, the Infiniti G37, the Lexus IS and the Nissan Maxima are in their last year in their current forms in 2013. 

Sales in this segment are robust, with many nameplates enjoying year-on-year sales increases. Part of the reason for robust delivery figures are cheap leases that make driving an entry-level version of some fabled brands no more expensive than it would be to pilot a more prosaic car. In a quest for increased market share, some luxury marques risk diminishing the lustre of their brands as their cars become too common a sight on Canadian streets. 

A note about mileage: starting in 2012, the APA's posted fuel economy figures commenced using fuel consumption data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), instead of those supplied by the Canada EnerGuide, as the numbers posted better reflect real-world consumption. For more information, read APA President George Iny's article regarding the inadequacies of the Canada EnerGuide test cycle

 

Acura TL 2013 Cadillac ATS  Lexus CT200h  Mercedes-Benz C-Class 
Acura TSX  Cadillac CTS  Lexus ES350, ES350h  Nissan Maxima 
Audi A3  2013 Cadillac XTS  Lexus IS250, IS350, IS F  Toyota Avalon 
Audi A4  Hyundai Genesis Sedan  2013 Lincoln MKZ   Volvo S60  
BMW 3-Series 2dr Infiniti EX37 2013 Mercedes-Benz B-Class  Volvo XC70 
BMW 3-Series 4dr Infiniti G37     

Acura TL

Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s new
No changes of note. Last year for the current TL.

Performance
The SH-AWD’s big V6 pulls strongly and makes stirring sounds at higher revs. Smooth and responsive automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive system aids traction but doesn’t eliminate torque steer under strong acceleration. The SH-AWD model rides very firmly in town but becomes more supple as speeds rise. Road noise suppression is disappointing. Spacious interior. Most APA drivers found the TL’s big front seats comfortable, but a transverse bar that rests under the upholstery part way up the seatback irritated two very tall individuals. The cabin has clear gauges and some nice styling touches. The dash centre stack contains a plethora of haphazardly placed controls, especially on navigation-equipped TLs. Spacious interior. The oddly shaped trunk makes packing difficult. Very good audio system.

Comments
Two V6 engines, a 3.5L and a 3.7L are available in the TL. Two drive systems, front-wheel drive with the 3.5L and all-wheel drive with the 3.7L, are offered. Most TLs will be equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode that blips the throttle on downshifts. The all-wheel drive TL is available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Pricing
At $4000, the SH-AWD drive system and its 3.7L V6, is reasonably priced.  The Tech package is priced to reflect its additional content. Overpriced Elite upgrade. Good lease terms. The base TL is priced only $2000 more than a base Nissan Maxima. The SH-AWD bears an MSRP roughly $2400 less than a similarly-equipped Infiniti G37x. 

Reliability
Above average reliability. Much lower servicing costs than comparably-priced European cars. 


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
3.5L-V6 (280 HP)*, 3.7L-V6 (305 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M (SH-AWD), 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive*, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  11.8L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: Tier 2, Bin 5

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



Acura TSX

Specifications


 

 

 

 

What’s new
Sharp price increase of the base model as the entry-level TSX was eliminated to minimize overlap with the new Acura ILX.

Performance
The 2.4L four is smooth, quiet, flexible and delivers strong performance. The TSX’s smooth clutch and precise gearchange make the manual transmission a joy to use. The strong, refined V6 is hooked to a smooth-shifting five-speed automatic transmission. Careful suspension development has created a car that handles with confidence but also delivers resilient ride characteristics. Precise, nicely weighted steering and strong brakes. The small side windows restrict outward vision for lane changes. Comfortable seats front and rear, with good space in front and class average room in the rear seat. The cabin is dominated by a gigantic curving dashboard housing clear instruments as well as a prominent centre stack that suffers from button glut. Cabin materials are no better than average. Oddly-shaped trunk.

Comments
While a TSX wagon is available in the U.S., only a sedan is offered in Canada. TSX sales fell nearly 30 percent last year, to under 1700 units. 

Pricing

The Technology package is priced to reflect its contents. At $4000, the V6 is very expensive. A base TSX is about $4000 cheaper than a similarly-equipped (though lacking xenon lights)  front-wheel drive Audi FrontTrak 2L. Good lease value.

Reliability
Above average reliability. Cheaper servicing costs and better long term reliability than comparable European cars.


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2.4L-4 (201 HP)*, 3.5L-V6 (280 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, 5A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  10.7L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: Tier 2, Bin 5

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



Audi A3

Specifications


 

 

 

What’s new
The third-generation A3 is already on sale, but not here. A new-generation sedan is expected by fall of 2013. The current car is so old it should be sold in an "afterlife" special edition.

Performance
The direct-injected 2L turbo is smooth, powerful and fuel efficient. The dual-clutch automated manual transmission delivers smooth and quick shifts whether it is operating in automatic or manual modes. Hooked up to this transmission, the 2L turbodiesel is quick, smooth and very economical. Precise, nicely-weighted steering, agile handling and compliant ride. Strong brakes. Elegant, carefully-constructed and roomy cabin. Comfortable, supportive seating. Versatile hatchback body style.  

Comments
Two 2L engines, a gasoline turbo and a turbodiesel, are available. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a dual-clutch automated manual. All-wheel drive is offered with the gas turbo.

Pricing
Overpriced option packages and individual options. Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive option is priced at $1800. Based on a newer version of the platform underpinning the A3, Volkwagen's GTI four door is priced roughly $1300 less than a similarly-equipped A3. Good resale value.

Reliability
Predicted average reliability for the first four years and deteriorating after that. Unproven automated manual transmission. Carbon build-up on valves common. Expensive to service. Audi's $750 service plan that covers scheduled maintenance for up to 70,000 kilometres is recommended. 


Body Style:  4HB
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T(200 HP)*, 2L-4 TDI (140 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.2L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 4/80,000

Country of Origin:  Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



Audi A4

Specifications


 

 

 

 

What’s new
A4: wagon "Oubacked" into the A4 Allroad. Mid-cycle remake including frontal facelift, detail changes and cabin updates. S4: Navigation and upgraded audio are standard on models equipped with the Premium trim package.

Performance
The 2L four is quick, smooth, flexible and economical. Well sorted ride and handling. The automatic transmission grab the highest possible gear as quickly as it can helps to lower fuel economy. It is livelier in its "Sport" mode. The steering is over-assisted below 60 km/h and too heavy over that speed. High interior noise levels. The A4's cabin is one of the roomiest in the compact luxury segment and easily bests the room available in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The cabin design, usually the highlight of an Audi, reflects design confusion and cost cutting. Avoid the navigation system as too many basic controls are forced to plot the confusing, distracting and graphically-impaired display screen. Good cargo space on the Allroad wagon. Great audio system. The A4 was ranked second, behind the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, in a three car test that also included an Acura TL.

Comments
Mainstream A4s are powered by a 2L turbo four, with a supercharged 3L V6 found under the hood of the S4 niche model. A4 buyers can choose either front-wheel drive or Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. The front-wheel drive model employs a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to send power to the wheels; a six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic are available with quattro drive. The quattro system is standard on the S4, with buyers having the option of either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed S tronic (DSG) clutchless manual transmission. The Allroad wagon is offered in a single 2L-quattro variant with automatic transmission.

Pricing
The quattro all-wheel drive system is a $3500 option on the base A4 but includes about $1000 worth of extra equipment. Reasonably-priced Premium package. Premium+ group is very good value. The A4 Allroad wagon is priced $3500 to $4500 higher than a similarly-equipped sedan, twice the supplement demanded for the A4 wagon last year.

Reliability
Predicted reliability is average for the first four years; declining after that. Carbon deposits on valves common. Unproven automated manual transmission. High service costs. Audi service plan, which offers regularly-scheduled  service for four years or 70,000 kilometres for $750, is recommended. Expensive parts. 


Body Style:  4SD,4SW
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T(200 HP)*, 3L-V6 S (333 HP; S4) 

Transmissions: 6M, 8A, CVT, 7A (automated manual)* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.2L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 4/80,000

Country of Origin: Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



BMW 3-Series Previous-gen. 2dr

Specifications


 

 

 

 

What’s new
Previous-generation 3-Series two-doors continue in production pending the arrival of their replacements, the 4-Series.

Performance
BMW’s sophisticated inline six engines impress with their flexibility and low rotational inertia that bestows a delicious effervescence to their operation. The inline six makes a glorious noise, but makes it more quietly than previous BMW engines. The turbocharged 335i combines stirring performance with impressive refinement. The manual gearchange is light, precise, and is allied to a smooth and docile clutch. With quick, precise steering, tenacious grip, and strong, easily modulated brakes, the 3-Series is a car with a tremendous sense of balance. Despite low-profile tires and sports suspension, the ride is firm but never harsh. The small diameter steering wheel and quick steering ratio imparts a heightened agility that seduced and irritated equal numbers of drivers. Very good exterior paintwork and panel fit. The cabin uses shapes more than applied ornament to express a clean, spare, almost avant-garde interior ambience. Cabin materials and assembly are top notch for the most part. Instrumentation will be familiar to BMW owners, as will the red gauge lighting at night. Don’t look for a temperature gauge, as it has been banished to a read out on the trip computer. The climate controls are confusing and the air conditioning has trouble cooling the cabin on hot days. The stellar sonic qualities of the audio system are let down by diabolical controls. Some minor controls, like the exterior mirror controls, are initially hard to find. Front seating comfort, even with the optional ultra-bolstered sports seats, is good for all sizes of drivers. Tight rear legroom.

Pricing

Within the two-door lineup the convertible is priced $13,000 to roughly $15,500 higher than the coupe of the same trim level. Huge price jumps for extra power.

Reliability
Predicted average reliability. Four year/80,000 km bumper to bumper warranty, free scheduled maintenance for the first four years/80,000 km. BMW is not a signatory to the CAMVAP arbitration protocol. A BMW extended bumper to bumper warranty recommended if you are not leasing. Some complaints regarding sludged up variable valve timing mechanism. The APA recommends more oil changes every six months or 12,000 km to prevent this although BMW recommends much longer oil change intervals. 


Body Style:  2CB*, 2CP
Occupants:  2/2

Engines:
3L-6 (240 HP [328i]), 3L-6 T (300 HP [335i], 320 HP [335is]), 4L-V8 (414 HP [M3])  

Transmissions: 6M*, 6A, 7A (dual clutch automated manual with full automatic mode) 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  12.4L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 4/80,000

Country of Origin:  Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Marginal

Rollover: Not tested

Rear: Not tested

NHTSA Rating: 



BMW 3-Series

Specifications


 

 

 

What’s new
Mainstream all-wheel drive (Xdrive in BMW speak) models went on sale in the fall of 2012, as did a supercar hybrid. A wagon body style joined the lineup as a 2014 model in the spring of 2013. A diesel 3-Series was announced at the Montreal car show but the car itself won't show up until late 2013. No firm details are available but a car equivalent to the European 320d (180 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft of torque) is likely. To remove the confusion of having two generations of 3-Series (new four doors and previous-generation two doors) available concurrently, BMW will use the 4-Series moniker for the next two doors.   

Comments
Four-door: the full range of the sixth-generation BMW 3-Series have been available in Canada since the fall of 2012. The styling, which is more evolutionary than revolutionary, continues the conservative styling trend evident in new BMW sedans since the current 7-Series debuted.
With a tight gauge package and a strong horizontal bias, the dashboard follows current BMW design practices. The interior of the car is carefully-assembled from quality components. The longer wheelbase has improved rear seat legroom to the point where the car is now quite habitable for four adults.
The new 3-Series offers four-cylinder engines in North America for the first time in many years. The 2L turbo four produces 184 and 241 horsepower respectively in the 320i and 328i models. The 335i, powered by a turbocharged 3L inline six, returns for the new-generation 3-Series. A high-performance hybrid model churning out a combined 300 horsepower is now available. A diesel engine won't join the lineup until late 2013. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic. The 320i is rear-wheel drive only, with the 328 and 335 offered in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions.  

Wagon
A new-generation 3-Series wagon (Touring in BMW speak) went on sale in the spring of 2013 in 328xi (all-wheel drive) guise only.
Regenerative braking provides power for the vehicle electrical system, which also features an alternator that "idles" when its capacity is not required, reducing drag on the engine and fuel consumption. An automatic stop-start system switches off the engine when stopped in traffic or at traffic lights, saving fuel. There is also an ECO PRO mode that alters vehicle performance parameters, which, according to BMW, can reduce fuel consumption up to 20 percent.
Unfortunately, the expensive and sometimes troublesome run-flat tires with no spare have been retained.

Pricing
Sedan
The $6100 gulf between the base 320i and 328i does not fully reflect the fact that the 328i is a bit of a bargain. When equipment standard on the 328i is added or factored in (leather, standard on the 328i and not offered on the 320i), the price between the cars shrinks to about $900, but also includes 57 more horsepower. On the other hand, the $7600 price bump between the 328i and the 335i seems to bring little except for 59 additional horsepower.
Reliability
Average reliability. Capricious electrical system. Free four year/80,000 km scheduled servicing. Expensive servicing after that. The APA has received complaints regarding oil sludge build-up in the variable valve-timing mechanism. The APA recommends oil changes every six months or 12,000 kilometres, even though they are not included in BMW's four year/80,000 kilometres scheduled service plan. BMW is not a signatory to the CAMVAP arbitration protocol.


Body Style:  4SD, 4SW (2014)
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
Four-doors: 2L-4 T (184 HP [320i], 241 HP [328i]))*, 3.5L-6 T (300 HP [335i]).

Transmissions: 6M, 8A, 7A (automated manual) 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  10.2L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 4/80,000

Country of Origin:  Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



Cadillac ATS

Specifications

NEW

 

 

What’s new
All-new Cadillac designed to compete directly with the BMW 3-Series. Powertrain warranty changed from five years.160,000 km to six years/110,000 km. 

Comments
Cadillac hopes that its new ATS will tempt BMW 3-Series intenders. The tastefully conservative exterior is complemented by an elegant, carefully-finished cabin. Cabin space is about average for this class. Three engines, a 202 horsepower normally-aspirated 2.5L four, a turbocharged 270 horsepower 2L four 4 and a 3.6L V6 with 320 horsepower, are available. Six-speed transmissions, a manual and an automatic, are offered. Rear-wheel drive is offered with all three engines, with all-wheel available with the 2L turbo and 3.6L V6 engines. Manual transmission is standard on rear-wheel drive four-cylinder ATSs, with a six-speed automatic standard with the V6 and on all-wheel drive versions.

Pricing
Manual transmission is standard on rear-wheel drive four-cylinder ATSs, with a six-speed automatic standard with the V6 and with the $2725 all-wheel drive option. Trim upgrades are mildly overpriced. Upgrading from the 2.5L to the 2L turbo will set you back from $965 to $1790, with the V6 priced $2500 more that a 2L turbo four with similar equipment. High-value leasing will allow the ATS to compete against key German competitors in a segment where leasing is crucial to success. ATS sales may be hit by the cut-rate deals BMW and Mercedes-Benz are offering in North America to flog the extra cars redirected from Europe where economic conditions have slowed sales to a crawl. A base AWD ATS 2L is priced roughly $2500 less than a base BMW 328xDrive Classic.

Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. GM cars generally develop glitches in their first year on the market. Numerous new technologies may increase service costs. A GM extended warranty is recommended it you plan to keep the car past the warranty period.


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (272 HP)*, 2.5L-4 (202 HP), 3.6L-V6 (321 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, 6A 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:   11.8L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/110,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Not tested

Side: Not tested

Rollover: Not tested

Rear: Not tested

NHTSA Rating: 



Cadillac CTS

Specifications


 

 

 

What’s new
Revised grille, new colours. Remote starter now standard. Last year for the current CTS. Powertrain warranty changed from five years/160,000 km to six years/110,000 km.

Performance
The CTS handles very well but has a less agile feel than the BMW 3-Series. Fierce power is allied to impressive refinement in the supercharged 556 horsepower 6.2L V8 “V” versions. Smooth clutch and precise gearchange on the "V".  Elegant cabin with some attractive shadow lighting and good quality materials. The dash centre stack is stylish but contains a lot more buttons than necessary. Good space for front passengers but rear legroom is disappointing for a car of this size.

Comments
The design of the CTS reflects an aesthetic polish not seen from GM since the 1960s. The base 3L V6 produces 265 to 270 horsepower, with the 3.6L version rated at 318 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission can be linked to either drive system, with a six-speed manual offered only on rear-wheel drive CTSs. Three body styles, a sedan, wagon and coupe, are available. 

Pricing
The all-wheel drive system costs from $2630 to $3040 depending on the model chosen. Bizarre pricing for different body styles. The wagon costs from $630 to $2900 more than an equivalent sedan and the coupe bears an MSRP $1855 to $3830 less than a similarly-equippped sedan. The 1SD all-wheel drive sedan is the best value of the vast CTS lineup. Good leasing terms available. Rapid depreciation predicted.

Reliability
Not rated, insufficient data. Unproven mechanicals. Numerous complaints regarding faulty timing chains on the 3.6L V6 used in various GM products. A GM extended warranty recommended if you plan to keep the car past the warranty period.


Body Style:  2CP, 4SD*, 4SW
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
3L-V6 (265 single exhaust, 270 HP dual exhaust)*, 3.6L-V6 (318 HP), 6.2L-V6 S (556 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  13.1L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings:

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



Cadillac XTS

Specifications

NEW

 

 

 

What’s new
The replacement for the DTS went on sale in the fall of 2012. Powertrain warranty changed from five years/160,000 km to six years/110,000 km.

Comments
Cadillac's new large sedan will be built at GM's facility in Oshawa, Ontario. The design is very clean, with just the right amount of bright trim to set off the sober lines. The cabin has comfortable seats and abundant space, front and rear. The interior is attractively styled and sumptuously appointed. The XTS features Cadillac's new CUE (Cadillac User Experience), system, which Cadillac says is more user-friendly than the MyFord touch interface offered on rival Lincolns.
Cadillac's traditional V8 engine is no more as the XTS is powered by a 300 horsepower 3.6L V6, which is a strong, smooth powerplant, but has had a chequered career for reliability in other GM products it is used in. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. GM's variable damper Magnetic Ride Control system will be standard on all models.

Pricing
The Driver Awareness package ($990 on the Luxury) includes lane departure, forward collision, side obstacle, rear traffic and blind spot warnings. The $2495 Driver Assist group on the Premium and Platinum models adds adaptive cruise control, will stop the car in a potential crash, will start it rolling again and has front and rear auto brake if an object is detected. The Premium upgrade price reflects additional contents. Overpriced Luxury and Platinum packages. All-wheel drive, priced at $2160 (Luxury), $2330 (Premium) or $2340 (Platinum), is not available on the base car. Compared with the cheapest Lincoln MKS, the base XTS is priced nearly $1300 more despite the fact the Lincoln has all-wheel drive as standard equipment. Fully-optioned, an all-wheel drive XTS Platinum is nearly $10,000 more expensive than a Lincoln MKS with similar equipment. Good value leasing.
Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. GM cars generally develop glitches in their first year on the market. Numerous new technologies may increase service costs. A GM extended warranty is recommended it you plan to keep the car past the warranty period.  


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
3.6L-V6 (304 HP) 

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  13.8L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000

Country of Origin:  Canada

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Specifications


 

 

 

What’s new
No changes since the early release of the 2013 models early in 2012.

Performance
The V6 is smooth, quiet and responsive. Impressive performance and serenity from the V8 engine, which is nevertheless superfluous for North American driving conditions. The Genesis handles with confidence and feels well planted on the road, but at the expense of ride, which is disappointingly choppy for this type of car. Precise steering and strong brakes. The cabin, with clear instruments, smoothly-integrated controls and luxurious materials, is very elegant. Seat comfort is good, front and rear, and rear legroom is ample considering the rear-wheel drive layout of the car. The Genesis has a fantastic audio system and logical navigation controls.

Comments
Though both share the same basic platform and the V6 engine, the Genesis sedan is a much more upscale vehicle compared with its coupe that bears the same name. 

Pricing
Overpriced V6 Technology and V6 Premium packages. The 5.0R-Spec V8 model has 84 more horsepower and $2400 worth of additional equipment for a total charge of $4000. The Genesis offers luxury and refinement equal to those of a European luxury car or a Lexus at a much cheaper price but lacks an all-wheel drive option which is crucial in this segment. A Genesis 5.0 R-Spec is priced around $32,000 cheaper than a similarly equipped BMW 550 xDrive.   

Reliability
Not rated due to limited sales. Predicted above average reliability. 


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
3.8L-V6 (333 HP), 5L-V8 (429 HP) 

Transmissions: 8A* 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  12.4L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings:

Warranty: 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  South Korea

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 


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