2011 Hyundai Genesis vs. Its Competition

2011 Hyundai Genesis 4-door Sedan V8 Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Hyundai would like to think that the Hyundai Genesis competes with the likes of the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but for most buyers of those models, the badge is a major portion of the value.

Looking purely at specs, styling, and overall layout, the Genesis takes aim at the Chrysler 300, Lexus GS, and Infiniti M, as well as the Cadillac STS.

The M37/M56 and GS 350/460 are both tuned with a higher-performance feel than the Genesis, and the Hyundai's relaxed demeanor is better rivaled by standard editions of the Chrysler 300, which has been refreshed for 2011.

Other alternatives to Genesis might also include the front-wheel-drive Acura TL or Nissan Maxima, which can cost about as much as a Genesis in loaded form.

2011 Hyundai Genesis 4-door Sedan V8 Angular Front Exterior View2011 Hyundai Genesis
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2010 Cadillac STS 4-door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SA Angular Front Exterior View2011 Cadillac STS
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2011 Chrysler 3002011 Chrysler 300
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2011 Infiniti M 56 2011 INFINITI M
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2011 Lexus GS 350 4-door Sedan RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Lexus GS 350
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Quick Specs
7.8
If you can do without a luxury logo, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis provides performance, features, and comfort—including impressive detailing—to match premium-brand sedans costing much more.
7.6
8.4
A riper, more mature Chrysler 300 renews our faith in restrained American styling--and in big V-8, rear-drive fun.
9.2
The 2011 Infiniti M pairs beauty with a beastly V-8 engine—and at last, Infiniti makes its marque in a class full of winners.
7.8
The 2011 Lexus GS sedans are fast, refined, and well-appointed; but low points include a cramped backseat and, for the 450h Hybrid, lackluster fuel economy.
MSRP From    
$33,000$47,280$27,170N/A$46,900
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6N/AGas V6
EPA Class    
Large carMid-SizeLargeN/AMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan V64-Door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan RWD *Ltd Avail*N/A4-Door Sedan RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
555N/A5
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedanN/A4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftN/AAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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