Inside the New Hyundai Genesis

If you’re looking for a luxury midsize sedan at a great price point, look no further than the new Hyundai Genesis. First introduced for the 2009 model year, the Genesis saw a full redesign for the 2015 model year. For 2017, this impressive vehicle adds LED running lights and standard HID headlights. Fans of the Genesis laud the sedan’s roomy cabin, comfortable ride, high safety scores, and incredible value.

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The Basics

The 2017 Hyundai Genesis has an MSRP starting at $38,750, with options up to $53,850. The spacious cabin and expansive back seat has plenty of room for up to five adult passengers. It comes in three trim levels: a V6 rear-wheel drive, V6 all-wheel drive, and V8 rear-wheel drive. The V6 options provide 300 horsepower while the V8 gets up to 420 horsepower. And with 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space, it’s one of the best options in class for carrying cargo. If you prefer a sleeker, less spacious vehicle, you can opt for the two-door Genesis Coupe.

Unique Features

The distinguishing characteristic of the 2017 Genesis is the range of standard features and high-end options available at a reasonable value. You’ll enjoy leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats on all trim levels. The sedan is packed with standard technology, including a rearview camera, an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, Bluetooth, proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a USB port, a seven-speaker audio system and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system. Blue Link can contact help in the event of an emergency as well as provide schedule maintenance reminders. Busy parents and professionals who have their hands full will appreciate the Smart Trunk feature, which opens the cargo area if you stand near it for more than three seconds.

Class Comparisons

U.S. News and World Report ranks the Hyundai Genesis fourth among luxury midsize cars, just behind the Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, and Lexus GS Hybrid. That places it above more than ten other models when it comes to performance, interior, safety, and other measures, including offerings traditional luxury brands like Lexus, Acura, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Cadillac, Jaguar, and Infiniti.

Fuel Efficiency

The base model Hyundai Genesis gets an EPA-estimated 18/29 city/highway miles per gallon, which is low compared to the competition.

Pros and Cons

One of the biggest reasons to choose the 2017 Hyundai Genesis is the car’s impeccable safety score. It has a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is a Top Safety Pick+ of the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety. It’s also full of safety features that help drivers stay safe using high-end technology. Other pros include the generous standard features, great value and low cost of ownership, user-friendly technology, and expansive interior and cargo space.

The 2017 Genesis loses points for its below average fuel economy, and may not be the best choice for those who want the sharp handling of a traditional luxury car. However, if you’re looking for a luxurious car you can afford, the Genesis is an incredible option.

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