Zoomer Consumer: 2010 Hyundai Genesis
Even though it captured headlines – and numerous awards – last year for offering opulence at a (relative) pittance, I still received many quizzical stares when driving the 2010 Hyundai Genesis. Most covetous looks were of the “wow-that-looks-great-but-what-is-it?” variety. Well, to ensure the confusion doesn’t continue to spread, no, it’s not a Lexus, Mercedes, BMW or Infiniti (I was asked that during my test week with the car). But the Hyundai sedan does keeps pace with all of those luxe brands- yes, you did read that correctly.
The exterior – with its elegant ribbed grille, chrome moulding and attractive lines across the side of the body – accurately tells the story of the luxury inside.
The 4.6 L V8 model (a 3.8L V6 is also available) with 375 HP has all the accompaniments the aforementioned automakers include in their V8 sedans: woodgrain trim highlights the interior; supremely comfortable leather seating and leather wrapped fascia; back up camera; and 17 speaker audio system only begin to tell the story.