Hyundai Genesis

By Paula MacPherson

The Hyundai Genesis is definitely a luxury car of the first order. It was love at first sight. The white satin pearl paint is beautiful.

The interior is very comfortable, the materials used are first rate, and the design is pleasing. On the road, the car has the solid feeling of a far more expensive luxury vehicle. It's hushed and refined.

The power seat has exceptional range, which makes it perfect for accommodating both shorter and taller drivers. Our review car also had the Premium Package, which contains a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.  This package, which costs an additional $4,800, also includes a navigation system with a handy backup camera. However, these options aren’t available on the V-6 Genesis, which instead comes with a manual-tilt steering column.

The telescoping feature is a nice addition. The Premium Package is standard on the V-8, along with the Technology Package (another $4,000 on the V-6 model), which consists of adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning, among other features. Our review car did not have the technology package.

The range of adjustments for the seat and steering wheel, however, cannot overcome the vision blocking left outside mirror. Taller drivers were not affected by it, but for those of us who are shorter, prepare to do some neck craning at intersections.

As the miles piled up I couldn't help but think that this would be an ideal car for a girl's day away, perhaps at some distant outlet mall. The car is comfortable, roomy and quiet enough for some great conversations. You could pay extra for a luxury sedan and end up without a lot more.

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