2011 Hyundai Genesis

As a car brand, Hyundai is still growing as a world power. But their presence is starting to be felt by releasing high quality cars in different segments of the automotive world. And somehow, they understand that they need to have a competitor in the midsize car bracket, in which a lot of car companies make a living out of. In this segment, their weapon of choice is the 2011 Hyundai Genesis (not to be confused with the sports car Genesis Coupe). At first glance, fans would think like: hey, a Hyundai competing in the very deep midsize car market? Well, it brings a lot of the table, and is sure to bring some more extra.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: $34,200.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.3 gallons (73 liters) MPG: 19 city / 29 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 196.3 in. (498 cm) Width: 74.4 in. (188 cm)
Height: 58.1 in. (147 cm) Wheel Base: 115.6 in. (293 cm)
Curb Weight: 3824 lbs (1734 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 16.0 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 24-valve DOHC with D-CVVT V6 Displacement: 3.8 liters
Horsepower: 333 HP Max RPM: 6400 RPM
Torque: 291 lb-ft @ 5100 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds 1/4 Mile: 13.8 seconds
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Genesis 4.6 V8 MSRP: $44,500; MPG: 17 city / 26 hwy
Option:Genesis 5.0 R-Spec V8 MSRP: $46,500; MPG: 16 city / 25 hwy

Performance

Hyundai Genesis owners can choose between 2 engines: a 3.8 liter V6 engine with an output of 290 horsepower and a 4.6 liter V8 with an output of 385 horsepower. Both engines are quite competitive. In fact, both the power rating and fuel efficiency of these 2 motors are exceptional in its class, and can even compete with higher level midsize cars if given the chance. There is only one transmission option available: a 6 speed automatic gearbox that works very well with both engines. However, this car cannot be considered sporty, the suspension does not allow for serious maneuverability.

Interior & Exterior

The first thing that you will look at in this car is its exterior. Somehow, the reviews for it are mixed. Sure it looks luxurious, aggressive, and downright cool, with an aura of intrigue exemplified by a lack of identifying badges on the body. However, it does suffer from an “identity crisis”. Some people observed that it ripped off a lot of elements from its competition and used it in its design. Hence, it lacks a distinct character. Go inside, and you are going to receive the amenities of a classic luxury car.

With a lot of leather and wood trim, it is sure to evoke memories of upscale brands such as Mercedes Benz. In addition, it was fitted in a way that is befitting with a car that costs thousands of dollars more. As for the seats, there is ample space in both front and rear. Headroom and legroom are both significant, and will surely be appreciated by everyone. Climate control, entertainment systems, and navigation are also standard equipment. Trunk space is adequate, but not as great as some of its competitors. As for safety, this car has done so well that it had the prestigious “IIHS Top Pick” distinction. Standard equipment includes airbags, ABS, traction control, and active headrests.

Pros & Cons

Reviews are generally favorable for this car. It is considered passenger friendly. All the seats have enough space, and cushioning is adequate. As a result, passengers are surely going to feel at home in this car, whether the travel is short or long. In addition, the safety of this car is top notch. Passengers are sure to be protected just in case of an accident. Also, the suspension of this car is tuned to absorb impact, ensuring a smooth ride all throughout.

The engine of this car can match up with the best of them, and are capable both great performance and economy. On the downside though, while elegant looking; people are confused with regards with its exterior looks. Also, it is not deemed to handle well, so for those that are looking for a sporty luxury car, they would be disappointed as it performs better as a cruiser.

The final verdict for the 2011 Hyundai Genesis is that this is a car that brings in luxury amenities at the fraction of the price. For those that want an affordable cruiser, this is one option that is going to be hard to pass up.

Overall Rating
78 out of 100

What others say:

“If you can do without a luxury logo, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis provides performance, features, and comfort—including impressive detailing—to match premium-brand sedans costing much more.”Car Connection

“The steering is generally well weighted and precise, though some testers find it too heavy in around-town driving. Genesis feels stable at speed and is well balanced in turns, but as with its ride quality, this car trails other premium sedans.”Consumer Guide

“Comfortable ride; smooth, powerful engines; luxurious cabin; amazing Lexicon sound systems; luxurious cabin; top crash scores; generous warranty.”Edmunds

“We think you'll like the Genesis if you are less concerned about brand prestige and more concerned about the driving experience and the vehicle's feature set.”KBB