For 2010, Hyundai introduces their new Genesis sedan. The Genesis is designed to offer the luxury appointments of much more expensive cars, for less. If you are looking for the ideal family sedan this vehicle is the car for you. Its spacious interior offeres plenty of room for those long road trips through Maine or the Portland area.
The Genesis can be had with a 290-hp 3.8-liter V6, or a 375-hp (using premium fuel) 4.6-liter V8. Both engines send power to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission that features manual sequential shift capability.
Mechanical safety features include traction control, stability control, and panic brake assist. The interior features a full compliment of airbags, electronic active front headrests that provide whiplash protection, and a tire pressure monitor.
Luxurious leather seats, automatic dual-zone climate control and wood trim are just some of the appointments this car offers that are typically only found in vehicles costing much more.
Standard features on both Genesis models include dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a proximity entry system, a power sunroof, power heated side mirrors, heated leather seats, and a seven-speaker sound system.
The 4.6 model upgrades to premium upholstery, a rear sunshade, a leather-wrapped dash, and rain-sensing wipers. A Technology Package adds ultrasonic front and rear parking sensors, a heated and cooled driver’s seat, and adaptive front lighting, along with a navigation system and DVD changer.
Two models of the 2010 Hyundai Genesis will be offered; the Genesis 3.8 comes with a 290-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6, while the Genesis 4.6 packs a 375-hp, 4.6-liter V-8.
Both engines deliver their power through six-speed automatic transmissions, and both meet tighter ULEV-II emissions standards. Premium unleaded fuel is recommended for the V-8, but both models have respectable fuel economy, with the V-6 rating 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway.
The V-8 model can accelerate to 60 mph in less than six seconds, according to Hyundai, and an advanced, aluminum-intensive, five-link suspension setup helps provide responsive handling with good ride comfort; kickback through the steering wheel is said to be reduced by the arrangement.
The Genesis comes with all the expected safety equipment for a high-end luxury sedan, and then some. Side-curtain airbags for front and back occupants, front side airbags, rear side airbags, and active front head restraints are included, along with electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes. The 2010 Hyundai Genesis received five-star crash-test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Inside, the Genesis Sedan, the cabin feels much less imitative and follows an especially distinctive design path, with gentle, flowing curves and a horizontal dashboard design that minimizes the center console and allows a more open front-seat area.
Depending on the trim, the door panels and console lid are wrapped in leather. Seating space is also a strong point, especially in back where the Genesis is much more spacious than most sport sedans, and acoustic laminated glass helps cut down road and wind noise.
There is a Lexicon surround-sound audio system with 500 watts, 12 channels, and 17 speakers, plus an HD radio tuner. All Genesis sound systems come with XM Satellite Radio and inputs for USB and iPod attachments, and models with the navigation system also bring the XM NavTraffic service, a Bluetooth interface, and a screen-based menu system.