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Hyundai Genesis

First introduced at the New York Auto Show in 2007, the Hyundai Genesis will not hit sales lots until the 2009 model year. This full-size sedan is Hyundai's attempt at a luxury model with a sporty flair. The Genesis is Hyundai's answer to the overwhelming market of European luxury sedans. The maker hopes to give buyers an alternative to the overpriced, stuffy models of years past and instead provide an affordable, contemporary taste of luxury.

The Hyundai Genesis will be available with one of three different engine levels: 3.3L V6, 3.8L V6, or 4.6L Tau V8. Variable Valve Timing will be standard, and an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission comes with the two lower trims.

Luxury additions that will be included with the Genesis range from an XM Satellite Radio navigation unit to a push button start system. Another feature is the engineered ultraviolet reflective leather. This type of leather reduces the glare from the sun, enabling it to stay cooler in hot climates. Buyers that have ever owned a model with leather seating will appreciate this interesting innovation.

Hyundai has already begun planning for the introduction of a Genesis coupe for the 2010 or 2011 model year. Other possible adaptations for the future include a hybrid edition. While some critics claim that Hyundai should first become comfortable with its foray into the luxury category before attempting any major changes, others are positive that a hybrid version will put the Genesis at the top of the heap. Nonetheless, Hyundai has not confirmed if a hybrid model is indeed in the works.

The Hyundai Genesis will be priced around $32,250 for the 2009 model year, which is significantly less expensive than the majority of European luxury sedans. Even with the affordable price, Hyundai may have trouble selling the model due to its lack of prior luxury experience. Nevertheless, it seems to have taken cues from the European models, which have always been bestsellers on the American marketplace.

The Fast and the Furious 4 has already booked the Hyundai Genesis for a role. Also, several short films featuring the model have been released on the popular website YouTube.com, giving the Genesis an instant young fan base. The Genesis was also highlighted during the 2008 Superbowl Halftime commercial block, the most widely viewed commercials throughout the year. There are critics that are concerned that Hyundai is catching Hollywood fever because of its desire to place the Genesis in several upcoming movies and television shows, actively seeking roles from production companies. Nevertheless, most do not think that this will concern potential buyers.

Hyundai Genesis Reviews by Year

2012 Hyundai Genesis
One of the strongest selling points of the 2012 Hyundai Genesis is its ability to take on the $50,000 competition in the upscale mid-sized car genre and do more than just hold its own. The Hyundai name may not have the cachet many buyers crave, but selling in an MSRP range of $34,200 to $46,500 there's a lot of value to be had in this choice. Gas mileage is somewhat disappointing around town at 19 mpg, but good enough on the open road at 29 mpg.

Essentially with the Genesis you're getting a powerful, smooth driving day-day-car with enough bids to luxury to make you feel as if you've stepped up in the world. The Genesis has been refreshed for 2012 with an eight-speed transmission paired to a more robust base V6 and there's an option for a 5.0-liter V8. Both are playing well with reviewers, augmenting the performance of a car that was no slouch to start with.

If you're shopping the competition, test drive the Lexus ES and the Audi A4. The Audi has optional Quattro AWD, but its smaller and doesn't have as much power as the Hyundai, although it does open for $1,900 less. more
2011 Hyundai Genesis
The first thing shoppers notice about the 2011 Hyundai Genesis is the price tag, $33,000. Why does that sizable figure stand out? Because the Genesis competes well with luxury sedans that will set you back $50,000 minimum.
2010 Hyundai Genesis
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis is a luxury sedan designed intelligently to take on competitors like the Lexus GS, Infiniti M and BMW 5-Series. It definitely stacks up well on all levels, and does so with far more attractive price points.
2009 Hyundai Genesis
For years Hyundai has touted the idea that they would develop the new generation of luxury rear-wheel drive sedans. However, America had yet to see the maker's addition until now.
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