Does Hyundai Make a Full-Size Sedan in 2022?
Although some automakers have started ditching sedans, Hyundai is one of several that remain committed to the segment. And because it owns Kia and Genesis, shoppers have several flavors of four-door Hyundais to choose from. That’s on top of multiple sizes from subcompact on up. However, if you want a full-size Hyundai sedan, you can’t just walk into a dealership and buy one brand-new.
The Genesis G90 is the only Hyundai full-size sedan available new in 2022
Currently, Hyundai offers three sedans in the U.S. From smallest to largest, they are the Accent (subcompact), Elantra (compact), and Sonata (mid-size). The latter two are also available as hybrids, and there’s now an N variant of the Elantra. But as you might’ve noticed, there’s no full-size sedan anywhere on that list.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t buy a new Hyundai full-size sedan in 2022. It’s just that it won’t have a Hyundai badge on it. As noted earlier, Hyundai has a luxury brand, Genesis. And it offers a full-size sedan, the G90.
Since it’s a luxury car, the 2022 Genesis G90 is significantly pricier than the 2022 Hyundai Sonata. You could buy two fully-loaded 2022 Sonata Limiteds for roughly the same price as one base 2022 G90 3.3T RWD Premium. But even after adding multiple features, the 2022 G90 is cheaper than its German rivals. And if you can wait a bit longer, it’s getting a big overhaul for the 2023 model year.
Yet as promising as the redesigned G90 looks, it’s only ‘technically’ a Hyundai full-size sedan. Or rather, it’s the only brand-new option. If you’re OK with buying used, there is a genuine Hyundai-badged full-size four-door out there.
A used Equus is the only other way to get a full-size sedan with a Hyundai badge
Before it became a stand-alone brand, ‘Genesis’ appeared on two different Hyundai cars: the Genesis Coupe and Genesis Sedan. They shared a RWD platform, but the former was a 370Z rival while the latter was a mid-size luxury sedan. Hyundai eventually replaced the OG Genesis Sedan with the G80 once the brand became its own entity. However, before that happened, Hyundai launched another luxury sedan in the U.S., the full-size Equus.
Introduced here for the 2011 model year, the U.S. Hyundai Equus was technically the second-gen version of the full-size sedan. Exclusively offered with a 4.6-liter V8, the Equus wasn’t quite as athletic as the S-Class or 7 Series, Autotrader reports. However, it’s just as if not more ridiculously comfortable to ride in. Plus, it offers a similar level of luxury features, including a massaging driver’s seat.
Like the Genesis Sedan, Hyundai dropped the Equus in 2016, replacing it with the G90. But while sales were never high, these luxury sedans remain used bargains today. And though it only has one, this full-size sedan does wear a Hyundai badge.
You can also look for a Kia K900 or Cadenza
If you (understandably) can’t find an Equus, there are some alternative ways of getting a used Hyundai full-size sedan. As with the 2022 G90, these don’t have Hyundai badges, but they were made by Hyundai. And they are the Kia K900 and Cadenza.
Speaking of the G90, the 2015-2020 Kia K900 rides on its platform. It has the same chassis and powertrains, including a Stinger-derived twin-turbo V6 and optional V8. However, while the G90 is available with RWD and AWD, the K900 was AWD-only.
Given that it started at roughly $60K, the K900 was a rather expensive Kia. But this is a real full-size luxury sedan. By 2020, standard features included adaptive shocks, Nappa leather upholstery, intelligent interior lighting, and a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system. And you can find well-kept used K900s for less than $20,000 today.
As for the 2014-2020 Kia Cadenza, its original pricing hewed closer to the ‘typical’ Hyundai and Kia range. Today, though, you can find used examples of this Toyota Avalon rival for less than $15,000. The facelifted 2020 models are arguably the best ones, as they have extra safety features, more interior technology, and larger touchscreens.
So, while you can’t buy a new full-size sedan with a Hyundai badge in 2022, there are several new and used cars that technically fill the profile.
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