Striking the right balance of design, luxury, and performance, the Genesis represents a lot of car for the money. Under the hood is a 311-hp V-6 with rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional. If you want more performance, a 420-hp V-8 with rear-drive is available; an eight-speed automatic is standard on all. Blue Link works with smartwatches and phones for remote start and other functions. With supportive seats and a handsome interior, the Genesis is worth a look.
In the early 1980s, the band Genesis pulled off one of the most difficult feats in show business: turning a critically revered nerd-rock outfit with lukewarm U.S. sales into a multi-platinum-selling household name. By the end of the decade, the band’s place in pop culture was secured. In the automotive realm, Hyundai built its domestic following on the back of economical transportation devices—minus the critical acclaim—and is now hoping its excellent Genesis sedan will find a ubiquitous place in the consciousness of luxury-sedan buyers.
The results are tangible: Broken and pitted pavement that caused the previous car to go weak in the knees is handled adroitly, the independent front and rear suspension soaking up bumps and keeping even harsh impacts well isolated. The steering is nicely matched to this sedan’s luxury mission. Weighty, direct at 2.5 turns lock-to-lock, and devoid of twitchiness, it offers linear response and decent on-center feel. It does, however, lack the feedback we’d prefer in spirited maneuvering.