This year the standard equipment list for V-8 models grows with a few new items that were previously optional: The 17-speaker Lexicon premium surround-sound system, navigation system with Driver Information System and eight-inch screen, smart cruise control, electronic parking brake, cooled driver seat, adaptive front lighting, HID headlamps, and parking assistance system are all now standard on the 2011 Hyundai Genesis 4.6. And that's on top of other additional equipment that comes on the V-8, such as premium leather on the seats and on the dash, as well as rain-sensing wipers and a rear sunshade.
The Genesis 3.8 maintains its already strong list of standard features, including dual-zone automatic climate control; a sunroof; cruise control; power doors, locks, heated mirrors, and heated seats; leather upholstery; Bluetooth; and a seven-speaker, AM/FM/CD/XM audio system with an auxiliary jack and a USB port.
A Technology Package is still available on V-6 models and most of those Genesis 4.6 extras, including premium sound, HD Radio, adaptive headlights, and ventilated front seats.
The centralized, screen-driven control system, similar to BMW's iDrive, is called the Driver Information System, and overall we like the simplicity of the interface, which has a number of redundant controls on the steering wheel. Full iPod control is allowed via the screen, which is positioned high in the driver's field of vision.
There are however a few features you won't find on the 2011 Hyundai Genesis, including paddle shifters, voice controls for the audio and navigation, and all-wheel drive.