2011 Hyundai Genesis
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Meet the Rookie
Hyundai Motors, a prominent South Korean automobile design and manufacturing company, has stridden into the international spotlight during the last decade. Mushrooming from a humble budget car company into a dependable mainstream competitor, Hyundai continues to throw out surprises like its top-of-the-line Genesis, a 5-seat full-size sedan designed to compete with long-standing luxury models like the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Series.
The 2011 Genesis is available in two trim levels: 3.8 and 4.6 (a Genesis Coupe is sold separately), MSRP $33,000 and $43,000, respectively. Luxury comes standard with a long list of posh features, including cruise control, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, full power accessories with power driver and passenger seats – driver’s is heated – and a seven speaker CD audio system with XM radio, auxiliary audio input jack and a USB/iPod interface.
Satisfied? Not after reading the optional features list. The Premium Package includes delectable delights such as automatic wipers, a power-tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver memory functions, upgraded leather upholstery and trim, and a beastly 14-speaker surround sound audio system with a six-CD changer. A Premium Navigation package adds a navigation system, center touch screen interface, real-time traffic and a rearview camera. For the technophiles, there is the Technology Package, which not only includes the Premium Package but also adds, among other things, front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, adaptive cruise control and a ear-blowing 17-speaker Lexicon "Discrete" sound system. The Technology Package is standard on the Genesis 4.6.
The 2011 Hyundai Genesis is not as sporty as BMW, as stylish as Mercedes, or as respected as Lexus, but it doesn't back down. It is a car for luxury drivers scared of passing 100 mph. The Genesis will keep them slow, safe, and satisfied.