2011 Hyundai Genesis Consumer Review: Genesis Sedan 3.8L V-6, loaded

2011 Hyundai Genesis - Consumer Review

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3.8 Sedan (3.8L V6 6-speed Automatic)

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Genesis Sedan 3.8L V-6, loaded
By boilergonzo on


2011 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 6A)


Test drove BMW 3/5 series, Audi A4/6, Mercedes C/E, Infiniti G/M, Lexus IS/E/G, and bought the Genesis.

If dollars were equal, I would now own a loaded BMW 535, A6, Infiniti M37, or MB E350.
The challenge became the incredible value of the not-so-prestigious Hyundai!
Heated and Cooled seats (not ventilated... COOLED!), back-up camera, Lexicon sound system (AMAZING!!!), HID directional lights, auto-hold brakes, adaptive cruise control... if you can live without brand prestige, the value of this car is off the charts!
20,000 miles, zero problems, accelerates very strong, drives great, and I love it.
No regrets at all.
Would absolutely buy it again!

Best Features

Interior is great! Lexicon radio is among the best. AWESOME! Adaptive brakes (if in traffic, once stopped you can take foot off brake, and car will hold in place until you push on the gas... great for Chicago rush hour!). Adaptive Cruise control (set it and drive from Chicago to Indianapolis, and let the car slow down for slower vehicles, then accelerate back up to set speed... works with motorcycles, etc... great feature!). Rain sensing wipers (when raindrops hit, they wipe... otherwise they wait until they sense water) Cooled seat. Heat is nice, but chilled is even nicer! Adaptive headlights (aim into corners) Nothing other premium makes don't have... just not at this price.

Worst Features

The GPS is better in some ways, and worse in others. Overall, I prefere a more "Garmin-like" experience, and am not always happy with the Genesis approach. To be fair, in many of the competing brands, they have similar quirks in searching and entering data, so the Genesis is on par, but could be much better. No auto-raise/lower of the trunk is a bit of a surprising omission, given the excess of other high-tech goodies. A brand uplift is needed. The car is already there, but (if no separate dealership) a separate area in the Hyundai showroom for Genesis and Equus customers might be nice. Also, remove the blah slant "H", and put the Hyundai Genesis "Wing" logo on all Genesis cars.
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