Hyundai began selling the Excel in the US in 1986. Though the brand was saw much success with record sales in the US during its first year, quality concerns began to plague the automaker until about 10 years ago.
Hyundai has since invested heavily in research, design and quality control which is on display throughout their lineup of vehicles, but none more apparent than the 2015 Hyundai Genesis. The Genesis is packed with creature comforts from soft supple leather, panoramic sunroof, dual climate control, heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel and the list goes on. To push the envelope even further, the Genesis even comes equipped with c02 sensors for the passenger compartment as an extra safety feature. For a full list of features click here.
Having driven many luxury vehicles for the sole purpose of evaluating the automakers effectiveness of delivering on the promises in their commercials, the list of features and functions is impressive, but nothing pulls back the curtain like a week long test drive. Hyundai presents the Genesis as a premium luxury sedan and intends to compete with the more established luxury sedans in the market like BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and Audi. While the Genesis delivers luxury more in line with the traditional Lexus models, the sportiness and road feel of the German sedans is not quite there yet. The 5.0 model delivers ample power to maneuver the daily commute in metropolitan Atlanta and if you’re like 95% of drivers on the road, that’s more than enough.
If weekend getaways are more your cup of tea, the 8 speed transmission, smart cruise control and lane departure warning should make for more worry-free and enjoyable 2-3 hour road trips to the beach or mountain mini vacations.
If you’re looking for a luxury vehicle and you don’t want to break the bank for all of the creature comforts that you just can’t live without, the Genesis deserves serious consideration. And with a 100,000 mile power-train warranty, there’s even more reason for those weekend getaways.
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