Hyundai Genesis Overview
From outward appearances, the Genesis resembles a toned-down Mercedes-Benz S-Class -- understated, substantial and elegant. Inside, the styling is graceful, with tasteful wood grain accents and rich leather surfaces. There's also abundant space and comfort, even for full-size adults seated in the rear. Under the hood, a potent 3.8-liter V6 or an impressive 4.6-liter V8 sends power to the rear wheels. Altogether, these are qualities most people associate with a BMW, Cadillac, Lexus or Mercedes and not a Korean brand that up until a few years ago was mostly synonymous with budget cars and small SUVs. The base Hyundai Genesis 3.8 is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque.
All of that changed with the Hyundai Genesis' introduction last year, as it enjoyed nearly unanimous praise from critics, even garnering the coveted North American Car of the Year award. But don't think Hyundai has been resting on its laurels since then. On top of all the qualities that made the inaugural model a hit, the 2010 Genesis adds adaptive cruise control, an electronic parking brake with a hill-hold feature and an upgraded touchscreen navigation system. Toss in Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, and the Genesis should be a hard act to follow. The range-topping Genesis 4.6 features a 4.6-liter V8 with 375 hp and 333 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic with manual shift control sends the power to the rear wheels in both models.
Despite all of the accolades and exceptional attributes, the 2010 Genesis is unfortunately saddled with the company's economy car reputation. As much as we avoid judging a book by its cover, the reality in the luxury car segment is that branding is important to many consumers. But we strongly encourage you to look past the badge on the trunk, as the 2010 Hyundai Genesis is fully on par with more expensive sedans like the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. It also has many advantages over cars more in its price range like the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CTS, Chrysler 300 and Lexus GS. In either arena, the Genesis is a must-see.
The rear-wheel-drive 2010 Hyundai Genesis is offered in two trim levels that are aligned with the engine offered. The base Genesis 3.8 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, full power accessories, power front seats (eight-way driver and four-way passenger), dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, iPod integration and an auxiliary audio jack.
The Genesis 3.8 can be further enhanced with the optional Premium package, which includes Hyundai Genesis Accessories like a sunroof, automatic windshield wipers, premium leather seating surfaces and interior trim, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a power rear sunshade, driver memory settings and a Lexicon 14-speaker surround-sound system with a six-CD changer and HD Radio. A Premium Navigation package (requires the Premium package) adds 18-inch wheels, a hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic and a rearview camera.
The Genesis 4.6 includes all of the 3.8's features, as well 18-inch wheels and the Premium and Premium Navigation packages. Optional for both the Genesis 3.8 and 4.6 is the optional Technology package that adds adaptive xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, an upgraded 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, a six-DVD changer and navigation system, Bluetooth, adaptive cruise control, a ventilated driver seat and an electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold. This package also includes the Driver Information System -- Hyundai's version of Audi's MMI, BMW's iDrive and Mercedes' COMAND -- which integrates many of the Genesis' system controls into one simple on-screen interface.