The 2016 Genesis comes powered by either a 3.8L V6 or a 5.0L V8. The 3.8L V6 is rated at 311 hp while the 5.0L V8 makes 420hp. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. For the first time on the Genesis, all-wheel drive will be an option with the V6 engine. All-wheel drive adds $2500 to the price of the Genesis.
Being a luxury car, the Genesis, even in the base 3.8 trim comes packed full of equipment that is typically optional in lesser vehicles. Standard equipment includes heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, leather-covered 12-way power adjustable heated front seats. Buyers get a choice of wood or metal paneling on the interior, standard automatic climate control, a leather wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and voice command control interfaces, LED interior lighting, a proximity-based entry system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink. The audio system includes an 8-inch touchscreen, a 7-speaker sound system with SiriusXM and HD radio compatibility and a navigation system that includes traffic updates.
The 5.0 V8-equipped trim is even more opulent and includes an audiophile Lexicon 14-speaker premium stereo, a 7-inch LCD display in the instrument panel, intelligent adaptive cruise control with full start/stop functionality, a rear sunshade, a heated and cooled front seats, dual-zone climate control, a seat memory system, a rearview camera, front and rear parking assist and fog lamps.
Safety features include dual stage front airbags, side curtain and driver knee protection. Anti-lock brakes, a backup-camera, electronic stability and traction control are also standard.