"Genesis deserves the North American Car of the Year"4.5 starson by sabbasaun
Pros: 1) Great performance and overall handling
2) Tech package w/Nav and Lexicon sound is superb
3) Driver Information System (DIS) is easy to use and intuitive
4) Interior quality on par with BMW, Mercedes, Lexus.
5) Very quiet cabin
Cons: 1)Suspension needs tweaking in certain conditions (Spirited driving)
2)Bluetooth needs enhancement (No auto contact import)
3)Needs tranny that shifts faster or a "Sport" mode
4)Exterior styling needs to better differentiate between competitors
Summary: The review by Wayne Cunningham is flawed in many ways and although he mentions going into this review with an open mind his prejudices and/or lack of knowledge come glaring through in his review of the Genesis even though he had positive things to say.
For example his comparisons vehicles are all over the place. 1st, he brings up the S-Class Mercedes, a vehicle that starts out around $86,000. He should have used the E550 as it better matches the Genesis in size, features and performance. 2nd, he brings up another out of class vehicle: the Lincoln MKS. Seriously? This car is only available with a V6 and is FWD. Even despite this the MKS still gets lower EPA mpg than the V8 Genesis. Wayne?s bias really shines through as he raves about the MKS? ?flat black plastic? on the console and dash of the MKS but on the Genesis he doesn?t even mention the leather dash inserts and wood inserts that is used on the Tech package. Leather (not ?soft plastic?) is nicely done everwhere on the Genesis. The only similarities to the MKS is the price tag. Ridiculous.
The truth of the matter is this is Hyundai?s first attempt at a luxury vehicle. It?s not perfect, but it is still pretty close to the luxury vehicles from BMW, Mercedes and Lexus in terms of quality, features and performance. Similary optioned, these other cars are at LEAST $20,000+ more. When you factor in everything you not only get a car that is on par with the above mentioned cars, but you get a GREAT value. That is why it won North American Car of the Year.