2011 Hyundai Genesis Styling

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With the Genesis, Hyundai started to take a swoopy, sleek new design direction that's been developed in an even more pronounced way in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2011 Hyundai Elantra. But the automaker kept it a little more reeled-in and conservative with the Genesis, its first rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan.

There's real sophistication in the sedan's flowing roofline and its wide grille that's been missing from the company's cars. It's proportioned as smartly as most European and Japanese sport sedans. Though the Genesis has lots of styling cues seem more familiar than fresh, it also has its share of distinct pieces, like its bright, wide grille. And of note on the Genesis is the lack of "Hyundai" badges.

Inside, there's more experimentation-and it's successful. It's not as derivative, with gentle curves and a dashboard that lifts controls high, to leave a slimmer center console and more interior space. Especially of note is the upward-angled control center, housing climate controls along with a multi-function display screen. Some trim levels offer leather-wrapped dash and door panels, and they're quite striking.

The 2011 Hyundai Genesis is a little conservative, but it blends right into the luxury crowd.

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