(2004 model shown)
Hyundai's largest and plushest sedan tries to compete with entry-level models from Lexus, Acura and Infiniti at a lower price, but falls a bit short in terms of performance and sophistication. Still, it performs well, offers decent comfort, and sells for less money with a longer warranty, though you don't get the premium brands' resale values, status and dealer service. Hyundai is expected to take this car a bit more upscale for 2005, especially in comparison to the also-luxury-minded Kia Amanti, with which it shares platforms and components, though no details were available at this writing. Last year the XG350 got freshened front and rear styling treatments, along with larger front brakes, revised wheels and some minor trim changes. Power comes from a 3.5 liter V-6 engine that drives the car's front wheels via a five-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission.