Have owned two of these cars. First one was a 3.8L, after a few months was disappointed with the power and shifting . A little to herky jerky for my taste. Traded in on a 4.6L and upgraded two years. Now I have the car I expected and desired. No comparison between engines. 4.6 was far and away superior for my taste. I will be upgrading soon and will go for the 5.0 just because of the smoothness and overall "feel" of the power. I accept a couple miles per gallon downside, but worth it to me.
Also have a 300 BMW and a C class Mercedes. Handling is more toward the BMW and the ride more toward the MB. Surprisingly good mileage in town. It is a very comfortable car for extended road trips. Easy installation of child seats (anchored hooks) when the grandkids are in town.
Hyundai emphasizes its' warranty at every opportunity to get you to buy their car. I was one of these victims. I recommend that before you buy any car from Hyundai, you spend about an hour at the Service department of the dealership. Just sit down and listen. You will come to find what I found out the hard way. Hyundai had absolutely no intention of ever honoring its' warranty. What ever the problem is with the car, it was your fault and therefore it is not covered. If they cannot prove it was your fault, then they will make you spend thousands of dollars one tests to prove that the problem is not the part. The company has perfected the "it is not our part/product/workmanship/fault" philosophy.
I used to say that I would only ever buy a BMW but when I drove this car, I was convinced otherwise.
I'll never sell my manual trans 735, it's a classic, but this thing has 'it'. If you don't care about snob appeal, this is the car to buy, hands down.
Plenty of power, interior comfort, a great 'long drive' car. For me the build quality surpasses current model BMWs and feels much better made.
Purchased a CPO with 45K miles and have put 40K miles this year and have yet to be disappointed.
The 'integrated' nav/audio/etc. is dead simple to use. I hate poorly designed, un-intuitive systems that are in most cars and this one is miles better than most. I never needed the Owner's Manual to figure out any feature of the vehicle.
Oh, and the audio system is as good as any in the world. Simply unbelievable. Pop in an DVD-A disc and hear audio like you've never experienced in a car before.