Those who are new to luxury cars and premium brands are often shocked to find that it's easy to add tens of thousands of dollars to the bottom-line sticker price—often just to get some of the features that you might assume to be included in a luxury model.
That's not the case with the 2016 Hyundai Genesis.
At the base level, for a starting price of ($39,700), the 2016 Genesis 3.8 includes power front seats (with height adjustment only for the driver), telescopic steering-wheel adjustment, rain-sensing wipers, steering-wheel paddle shifters, a rearview camera system, an 8-inch touch screen with navigation, Blue Link telematics services, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, SiriusXM Travel Link, HD Radio, and a 4.3-inch display as part of the instrument cluster. All-wheel-drive models slot in at just $2,500 more and include heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and headlamp washers, too.
Those fine with the V-6 have three different ways to upgrade from there. With the Signature Package, you step up to HID headlamps, blind spot detection, rear cross detection, high beam assist, ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade (and manual side shades), a power-adjusting steering wheel, a sunroof, and Lexicon Descrete Logic 7 premium surround audio. Adding the Technology Package brings to that upgraded leather upholstery, a driver's seat cushion extender and side bolster, a larger gauge-cluster LCD display, 64GB of music storage, and a suite of active-safety features (automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning), with the haptic steering-wheel warnings.
Genesis 5.0 (V-8) models start with all that as standard, and add LED fog lamps, larger 19-inch wheels, quad exhaust tips, illuminated door sill plates, and matte-finish wood and aluminum trim.
On either 3.8 (V-6) or 5.0 (V-8) models, the Ultimate package adds a climate-control CO2 sensor, a power trunklid (with a neat proximity-sensing activation that doesn't require waving your foot), premium navigation with an upgraded display, the head-up display, Lexicon 17-speaker audio, and for the 3.8, the matte-finish wood and aluminum trim.
At the top of the lineup, the 5.0 Ultimate costs $55,700.
Hyundai's second-generation Blue Link telematics system had its debut in the 2015 Genesis sedan. New features include integration with Google Glass; Google Destination Search; remote start; and a new system of notifications that reminds drivers to warm their car in warm weather, or gives recommended departure times for a destination entered into the navigation system by smartphone app.
There are now 10 different exterior colors and four different interior hues, as well as three different glossy wood trims and four matte-finish ones.