2011 Hyundai Genesis Overview
Now in its third year, the full-size 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan is still intent on winning awards for its combination of refinement, power, and impressive amenities at a competitive price.
The rear-wheel-drive Genesis (also available as a coupe) is available in base 3.8 and premium 4.6 trim levels, with two engine options: a 290-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 or a 385-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 (10 hp improvement from 2010) is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with auto-manual shift. The Genesis gets competitive EPA fuel economy ratings for its class, ranging between 17-18 mpg in the city and 25-27 mpg on the highway. The 2011 Hyundai Genesis squares off against cars like the Buick Lucerne, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon in the full-size sedan segment.
Outside, the 2011 Genesis rests on standard 17-inch wheels with available 18-inch wheels and features standard heated mirrors and fog lights, as well as optional adaptive headlights that turn as you steer the vehicle to increase visibility around corners. Inside, you’ll find standard XM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a seven-speaker audio system with CD player and MP3 capability, as well as an optional heated/cooled driver's seat and touch-screen navigation system.
A Premium package adds a sunroof, automatic windshield wipers, power rear sunshade, and 14-speaker surround-sound system with HD radio. The Technology Package is now standard in the 4.6 model and brings adaptive xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a premium 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, navigation system, and Driver Information System (similar to BMW’s iDrive or Mercedes’ COMAND). The 2011 Genesis also comes with a roomy 15.9-cubic-foot trunk to bring along whatever you need.
The Genesis offers a long list of standard safety features that includes antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, an electronic stability system, front and rear side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, and front active head restraints. Front and rear parking sensors with a backup camera are optional.
The 2011 Hyundai Genesis was an instant success from its inception two years ago, and with improved power and standard features one could say that it is evolving beautifully.