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2011 Genesis - A pleasure to drive! by Chafe99 on 11/22/2011. Trim: 2011 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: This is simply a great sedan. I’ve had the car for about a year now and it’s a pleasure to drive every time. Most notable is how quite this car is. While on the highway at around 70mph, I can hear my mechanical watch ticking! I’m often torn between enjoying the sound system or the just the silence. The engine power is there when you need it and navigating the instruments and controls is extremely simple. I’m averaging 23-25 MPG on a 25 mile hwy/city commute to work (3.8L engine). A few times I’ve hit 29 MPG. The navigation system is very easy to use and the sound system is also easy to operate without having to read the manual. The seats are very comfortable and the ride very smooth.
Cons: The only thing the bugs me is the backlight for the dash controls, which is a neon-like blueberry blue. I’m not sure what the folks at Hyundai were thinking when they chose this color, because I’m sure they didn’t drive the car at night. This particular color does not provide adequate contrast to identify the controls (air/radio) at a quick glance – unless you turn the brightness of the dash lights all the way up. I also would have liked a joystick to move the curser on the navigation map – as opposed to taping the screen to move the curser – very annoying.
Overall review: There is a lot said in comparing this car to a BMW, Infinity or Benz. I’m not going to knock them as I’m sure they are fine cars, but if you don’t care about brand name, this car is for you. You get most all of the features you’d pay for one those cars, but with $20,000 in your pocket – not the car company. I like that. Other than on the back (and wheels), there are no identifying markings on this car. You can also opt for the wing emblem, instead of the standard Hyundai circle for the trunk logo, which give the car even more anonymity. It’s a safe, reliable car with the right level of luxury and features. I know in five years, I’ll still get the same thrill getting in it as I do today. After all that’s what its all about.
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