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8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 9.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2011 Hyundai Genesis Review

Though it isn’t as sporty as some competitors, reviewers agreed the 2011 Hyundai Genesis is one of the best luxury large sedans you can buy.

Pros & Cons

  • Brisk acceleration with V6, blistering speed with V8
  • Luxurious interior
  • Impressive high-tech electronics
  • Excellent safety score
  • No all-wheel drive option
  • Complicated driver interface system
  • Handling not as sporty as competitors

2011 Hyundai Genesis Overview

Hyundai is mostly known for its economy vehicles, but reviewers said the 2011 Hyundai Genesis is an excellent large luxury car. With either a V6 or V8, reviewers thought the Genesis offers powerful engine options that rivaled more established luxury brands. For 2011, the V8 engine received a boost in horsepower, and overall, the Genesis has fuel economy ratings that are typical for the class. While it’s not as sporty as rivals, like the 2011 Audi A6 or 2011 Infiniti M, the Genesis handles with relative ease and test drivers found that it rides comfortably, even at high speeds. However, the Genesis doesn’t have all-wheel drive, while many competitors do. Adding to the appeal of the Genesis are its excellent safety scores.  

For the most part, reviewers agreed that the Genesis’ interior is spacious and comfortable with plenty room for back-seat passengers. Reviewers were impressed with the grade of materials and its strong fit and finish. The Genesis’ cabin is offered with walnut trim and expanses of leather, which was unusual for its price when it was new. Those are luxuries usually reserved for cars that cost significantly more.  Critics also thought that the seats are comfortable, though they aren’t as firm as sports sedans tend to be. Most reviewers also praised the high-tech cabin electronics. Standard equipment includes push-button start, heated and power front seats and a seven-speaker audio system with a USB input. For added luxury, shoppers can opt for a touch-screen navigation system, a rear power sunshade and an upgraded 14-speaker sound system with HD radio.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re considering the Genesis, but want a sportier driving experience, you should consider the 2011 Infiniti M. When it was new, test drivers praised the M’s outstanding performance, though the M has lower safety ratings. The M gets comparable fuel economy, but the Genesis has a more refined interior, according to reviewers.

The 2011 Lexus GS is a good alternative if you’re considering the Genesis. The GS’ V6 engine is more powerful and achieves slightly better fuel economy. In addition, the GS is available in all-wheel drive, whereas the Genesis is only offered in rear-wheel drive. Also, both cars have luxurious rides, but the Genesis has slightly better safety scores.

Compare the Genesis to the M and GS »

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