Well, it's time for my 5 week update on the Genesis. I've put a little over 2,600 miles on it in 5 weeks, and have averaged 19.4 mpg, a little more than what I was expecting. If I drive it easier for my commute I can get it a little over 20. Here's the link to my Fuelly: LINK
I took it to the drag strip last night. Kept running 14.3 seconds at 98 mph. Wasn't quite what I was expecting. Car and Driver did it in 13.6 seconds. No need to worry about wheel slip, this car just goes. But it doesn't take off from a stand still super fast, kind of a delay.
-Power. Wow does this thing get up and go, has 420hp. It's so smooth though it doesn't feel like it. You just look down at the speedometer and see you're going 90+ in no time. Slow poke on the highway going 60? Floor it and in seconds you're at 100. It's smooth and not aggressive, not raw power like a Mustang etc.
-Comfort. The seats are like LaZBoy recliners they're so comfortable. Adjustable every which way too. Plenty of leg room and headroom too. The ride is also just right, not too firm, not too soft. This thing is king of the highway. 80 mph is 2,000 RPMs and it has no complaints cruising at high speeds.
-Quiet. You can whisper to your passengers on the highway, they really got the quietness just right. But there is some nice engine sound when you get on it.
-Handling. For a 4,500 pound car this thing can really take a turn. The steering is a little numb but once you throw it into a turn, it holds well. Not a lot of body roll. Also, for a car this big, navigating parking lots is a breeze and so is the turning radius.
-Technology. For a 2015, it's got plenty of tech. Navigation, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning & assist, auto braking, smart cruise control, heated and cooled seats, power rear sun shade etc.
-Stereo sound. It's the Lexicon 14 speaker 900 watt system. It's ok, a lot better than my Sonata. You can crank it up and not really have to worry about distortion. It's got plenty of power for sound. The bass is kinda meh. But definitely good enough for me.
-Transmission programming. It's not a race transmission, but it's also not a race-car. It's smooth and does its thing, but if you want fast ZF style shifting, it isn't gonna happen.
-Traction control. As I said above, traction isn't really a problem. Floor it and she goes, it doesn't really burn out. The rear tires on this thing are huge. But if the road is wet and you want to have some fun, even with traction control and stability control off, it doesn't disable all the way. It'll break the tires loose and then pause, then break loose and then pause. On a track this would probably be annoying, but grandpa's car wasn't designed for the track either.
Overall, if you want a super comfortable highway cruiser with absolutely plenty of passing power, this is the car to get. You can save $4,000 by getting the 3.8L V6 which is supposed to be decent. I figured if I'm not getting a Vette as a 2nd car, then the V8 it is.