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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
there’s an unusual lack of buttons and knobs for a luxury car
Road & Track
an excellent car for cruising around and listening to music, but it doesn't offer all the latest cabin tech
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
The Hyundai Genesis comes with a list of standard features that suits its mission as an entry-level luxury sedan, without going over the top with frivolous technology.
All Genesis sedans come with power windows, locks, and mirrors; automatic climate control; cruise control; a sunroof; leather upholstery; power front seats; heated mirrors and front seats; a seven-speaker, AM/FM/CD/XM audio system with an auxiliary jack and a USB port; and Bluetooth. Options on the standard Genesis include a power telescoping steering wheel; HD Radio; ventilated front seats; adaptive headlights; and a DVD-based navigation system bundled with a rearview camera.
There's also a distinct, new navigation system this year that couples an 8-inch screen with improved mapping, SD card memory, better voice recognition, and Hyundai's Blue Link telematics service, which uses cloud computing to perform local searches for destinations that aren't found on the navigation system's memory, and includes subscription services like remote unlocking and remote start. The navigation system is also capable of storing up to 64GB of maps, music, and images, and comes bundled with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors.
The new system and other functions are operated by voice or by Hyundai's roller-controller knob, which simplifies the actions of systems like BMW's iDrive and has some of the same functional weaknesses of those systems. Finding the random command for iPod tracks isn't intuitive, for example. Along with voice commands, redundant steering-wheel controls are included so you can bypass some of the fiddlier commands, and shortcut keys flank the controller as well.
The Genesis R-Spec offers all those features as standard equipment, topping it off with 19-inch wheels and 45-series tires, a Lexicon audio system, a ventilated driver seat, and premium leather. There are no options listed for the 2013 model year.The Genesis doesn't offer paddle shifters for its automatic transmission or all-wheel drive.
A new navigation system steps up the Genesis' luxury features, with telematics woven into the mix.