The Genesis sedan sure is a fine luxury car. Granted, it probably won't wow badge snobs or passionate enthusiasts, but just about anyone else who wants a luxurious large car would likely be very happy to live with a Hyundai Genesis. Especially since its starting price (with a V-6) is only $33K and it comes with Hyundai's excellent warranty (including a ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain guarantee). Clearly, based on sales numbers (the BMW 5-series and the Mercedes-Benz C-class, for instance, handily outsell the Genesis), most buyers DO care about their vehicle's branding, but nearly 30,000 luxury Hyundais sold is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
I've yet to drive the new, larger Hyundai Equus, but after driving our Four Seasons Genesis a lot and getting back into this 2011 model, my overall verdict remains quite positive. Still, like Phil, I was disappointed that the ride quality is still subpar, and I look forward to the pending improvements for the 2012 model year.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor
When we first drove the Genesis, we were all blown away that a company like Hyundai could produce something so good. In the two years since, the Koreans have dramatically raised our expectations with product after excellent product. Now the Genesis impresses on its own merits. Flawless interior quality, quiet ride, smooth power delivery. What stands out most to me is the click-wheel infotainment system, which navigates all the usual functions - radio, navigation, iPod - with a naturalness that makes you wonder what the Germans have been doing for the last decade.
As Rusty notes, the Genesis won't really impress those who buy BMWs for their handling or, for that matter, those who buy BMWs for their BMW badge. But anyone in the market for say, a Buick LaCrosse or Lexus ES (or GS) better check this car out first.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor