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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
there’s an unusual lack of buttons and knobs for a luxury car
Road & Track
The available navigation system's control knob is similar to Audi's MMI and is not as simple to use as conventional buttons.
Other than the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Genesis is the only car that presently offers a Lexicon-brand 7.1 discrete audio system with HD radio, 17 speakers and more than 500 watts of power
Edmunds' Inside Line
an excellent car for cruising around and listening to music, but it doesn't offer all the latest cabin tech
Last year, the Hyundai Genesis added more standard and luxury features, and it's the same for the 2012 model year with the arrival of the R-Spec.
That performance edition brings its unique powertrain to the party, while other models get LED lighting, power folding rearview mirrors, and new colors, inside and out. Aside from those changes, the basics remain unchanged for the Genesis, with all models sporting standard dual-zone automatic climate control; a sunroof; cruise control; power doors, locks, and windows; cruise control; power front seats; heated mirrors and front seats; leather upholstery; Bluetooth; and a seven-speaker, AM/FM/CD/XM audio system with an auxiliary jack and a USB port.
On six-cylinder cars, a Premium Package adds on a touchscreen DVD navigation system with a rearview camera, a power-telescoping steering wheel, and real-time traffic. Separately, a Technology Package adds on a different, non-touchscreen, DVD-based navigation; HD Radio; adaptive headlights; and ventilated front seats--features you'll find on the Genesis 4.6 as standard equipment.
That V-8 model also gets a standard Lexicon audio system; a ventilated driver seat; premium leather upholstery; and parking sensors.
The new R-Spec model offers all those features as standard equipment, topping it off with 19-inch wheels. Summer performance tires are the sole option.
A note about Hyundai's audio and navigation systems: the Driver Information System, as it's known, is the same kind of wheel-driven system as BMW's iDrive. Here it's a bit simpler than in the German luxury sedans, since it controls fewer features, though some of its logic structure still underlines the weaknesses of these systems. Finding the random command for iPod tracks isn't intuitive, for example. Redundant steering-wheel controls are included so you can bypass some of the fiddlier commands.
The Genesis doesn't offer paddle shifters for its automatic transmission, or voice controls for the audio and navigation, or all-wheel drive.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis impresses our editors with its premium features and its affordable-luxury price.