One after the other, the march of new Hyundais has embraced a jazzy, sculptured design theme with lots of drama and lots of surfacing. That's true of its mass-market cars; for the large Equus and for the Genesis, Hyundai played its cards much more carefully.
Five years after its debut, the Genesis still looks contemporary, still Lexus-like in the gentle melding of its details and the innocuous flow of its fenders and roofline. There's not much to relate it to the brash Sonata or Elantra--should there be?--but there's plenty to admire in its smartly proportioned grille and the taper of its rear quarters. It's not what you'd call authentic; we see some Mercedes cues and some hints of Lexus in the shape of the headlamps and in the arc of the rear pillars. Still, the Genesis' shape has endured, and though we hear its replacement will go in a more daring direction, it wouldn't have been possible without the ground broken by this car.