Back in 2007, Hyundai announced to the world that it would be making a foray into the luxury vehicle market and the Genesis was born. The Hyundai Genesis is a midsize sedan that was originally introduced at the New York International Auto Show. Marketed as a premium sports car in the European market, the Genesis debuted for purchase in 2008. The second generation was unveiled in 2013 in Seoul, Korea, and has since been marketed worldwide. Most recently, in 2015, Hyundai announced that the Genesis is also the beginning of what will become Genesis Motors, their independent luxury brand.
While not as prestigious as some of its luxury rivals, the Hyundai Genesis has earned some of the highest safety ratings in its class. The 2016 model earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating which is the highest safety rating offered from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2016 Hyundai Genesis with a 5-star overall rating as well.
The 2016 Hyundai Genesis contains a 3.8L V6 engine in the standard model. Offering 311 horsepower, the standard engine provides quite a kick. There is also an available 5.0L V8 engine that offers 420 horsepower. Its eight-speed auto transmission is also standard, and top reviewers in the auto industry say that it shifts smoothly and is very responsive to its driver.
According to the US News & World Report, the Genesis “provides a smooth ride, even over rough roads, without giving up handling or control.” The smooth ride offers a luxurious drive in a variety of conditions. The Genesis also has electric power steering with a good feel combined with an adjusting assist and low and high speeds.
There are four packages that are available with the 2016 Hyundai Genesis. The base model is equipped with features such as a push-button start, rearview camera, and navigation system to name just a few of the perks. The Signature package further includes a moonroof, blind-spot detection, and a killer sound system. The Tech package goes on to add more to the Genesis by including lane departure warnings, a haptic steering wheel, and even an autonomous braking system. The top package, the Ultimate, has, even more, bells and whistles with wood and aluminum trim, a touchscreen infotainment system, a better sound system, and a carbon dioxide sensor.
Standard heating leather seats are just the beginning of the plush interior that you’ll find in a Hyundai Genesis. The seat adjustments combined with the telescoping steering wheel can provide a perfectly comfortable seat that would even work with a longer trip. The elegance that can be found in the Genesis is further complemented with the user-friendly controls. When you add the room to stretch and the 15.3 cubic feet of space in the trunk, there is plenty of room for passengers and their luggage when necessary.
The Hyundai Genesis can definitely stand on its own for its styling, its drive, and its safety ratings. The user intuitive dashboard and interface make the car easy to get in and just go without trying to figure out how the buttons work. Add the variety of available options in the Genesis packages, and you’ve got a car to be reckoned with.