When Hyundai announced plans to go high-end with a full-size luxury sedan to take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series, most people smiled politely and nodded or laughed into their hands. Now, with the Hyundai Genesis Sedan on them market, those doubters are left with a meal of crow. MotorAuthority rates the 2011 Hyundai Genesis at 8 out of 10.
Though the 2012 model ups the engine ante with a potent 429-horsepower version of its 5.0-liter Tau V-8, the 2011 Genesis is still a viable option for those that don't need over-the-top power. The 2011 model is no slouch, either: the 4.6-liter V-8 generates 385 horsepower, and the 3.8-liter V-6 rates 290. Either engine offers pep, while the 385-horsepower V-8 is downright quick. The V-6 scores 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds, while the V-8 gets the job done in 5.3.
Hyundai didn't skimp on the details to deliver a well-styled, powerful sedan. Inside the Genesis' cabin, you'll find plenty of leather, high-end plastics (as you'll find even with the Germans these days), laminated glass to shut out noise, and attractive, detailed styling. Fit and finish is excellent, as are the materials.
Comfort is a strong suit for the Genesis, with a well-controlled and firmly damped ride never intruding on the passenger experience, the equal of any Infiniti or Lexus. Likewise, the seats are roomy and supportive. Head and leg room is good front and rear, with the Genesis earning true five-seat status.
A complete and detailed analysis of the 2011 Hyundai Genesis can be found at TheCarConnection's full review.