2011 Hyundai Genesis

  • 2011 Hyundai Genesis Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/264
    • ENGINE
      3.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $33,000
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2011 Hyundai Genesis Review

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Hyundai Genesis is a luxury sedan that has changed people's ideas about the car maker. In many ways, the Genesis sedan is an ideal luxury car: it competes well against most luxury sedans, and it presents a well appointed cabin. The Genesis is constructed with superior components, delivers high performance, and is a good value for the price.

Equipped with a 3.8 liter V-6 engine delivering 290 horsepower or a 4.6 liter V-8 engine delivering 385 horsepower, the Hyundai Genesis offers a six-speed transmission with varying gear ratios and also hosts dual overhead cams and a variable valve time. The Hyundai Genesis has a 195.9-inch body and a 115.6-inch wheelbase. The Genesis's open, spacious interior provides many standard features and amenities you don't usually find in a car at this price. Genesis has an EPA fuel economy of 17-18 mpg city/25-27 mpg highway.

New for 2011

Few elements changed on the 2011 Hyundai Genesis. The number of interior/exterior color combinations decreased from 16 to 13, and 3.8 Technology Package, which includes a 17-speaker 7.1 surround sound audio system, navigation, rear view backup camera, Bluetooth, smart cruise control, and cooled driver seat, became standard with the 4.6 version.

Essentials

Engines: 3.8L V-6, 4.6L V-8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Body style: Sedan
Trim: Base Sedan

On the Outside

Understated yet attractive, Genesis displays derivative styling. While its most distinctive feature is its grille, which is not universally loved, the Hyundai Genesis sports dimensions that are notable for providing plenty of interior space and a roomy trunk.

From the Inside

Standard on the Genesis are leather seats, an eight-way power driver seat, and a four-way power front passenger seat, both heated. In addition, you can add creature comforts, such as iPod integration, navigation, and satellite radio.

Driving Performance

During testing of the Genesis, it raced from 0-to-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and completed the quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds at 102.2 mph. When up to 60 mph, it braked in 113 feet. Its excellent steering is smooth and precise. Even its performance at the track is impressive. However, the Hyundai Genesis does have a few shortcomings, the most obvious being its ride quality on the freeway

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the 2011 Hyundai Genesis include ventilated front discs; solid rears, with four-channel, four-sensor ABS; brake assist; traction control; and tire-pressure monitoring. Front airbags, dual front side-impact airbags, rear side-impact airbags, and front and rear side curtains are also standard.

Gas Mileage

3.8L: 18 mpg city/27 mpg hwy
4.6L: 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy

Plusses

  • Abundant power
  • Outstanding value
  • High-quality interior
  • Great fuel economy
  • Responsive transmission

Minuses

  • Freeway ride quality
  • Awkward grille
  • More cruiser than sporty

Rating

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