The night I signed out the Genesis coupe, I had to make an unexpected, late-night trip to Flint (about an hour's drive away) to pick up my husband at the airport. About twenty minutes into the trip, it was evident that US-23 -- which, like most Michigan freeways, is marred by uneven surfaces -- was not the place for the Genesis coupe to show off its best qualities. The combination of a stiff suspension and road irregularities resulted in a weird pogo-like motion that was not only uncomfortable but gave me a headache as I tried to keep my eyes focused down the road.
This is not to say that the Genesis is all bad. In fact, after driving it on the racetrack during last year's All-Stars testing session, I found myself thinking that it might be an All-Star candidate. However, real-world conditions count too, and while this car excels where the road is twisty and the pavement is smooth, it needs to be a more comfortable driver in the conditions that most Americans experience every day.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor