Genesis 5.0 R-Spec a styling winner, but a mixed bag
Hyundai certainly knows what it’s doing as far as styling and creating a quality car these days, that’s why it continues to gain market share.
But its large Genesis luxury sedan is a mixed bag. Here’s why.
First, the tested Genesis 5.0 R-Spec is a great looking car that reflects a new Mercedes look. Obviously Hyundai designers were heavily influenced by Mercedes styling as its mid-size Sonata also very much borrows from the German car maker’s designs. Where Hyundai one-ups Mercedes is inside the cockpit. Hyundai successfully executes simple, elegant interior design with logical button and control placement and layout.
Likewise, Hyundai has figured out how to create beastly power and silky transmissions to tame it. Case in point, the pearl black test car’s 5.0-liter, V8 with dual CVVT creates a monstrous 429 hp. (R-Spec stands for Race-Spec, thus the prodigious power.) Yet linked with an 8-speed automatic with the Shiftronic feature so that you can manually shift if you so desire, the power is delivered with seamless shifts.
Want to fly up to freeway speeds? Just drop the pedal and the rear-drive Genesis rockets in a well-controlled burst, up to 60 in just a few seconds. Continue reading 2013 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec
Looks, handling, turbo give small Cadillac a boost
Those of us who have been around for a few decades may be forgiven for our skepticism when we hear Cadillac is creating an entry-level sport sedan. Visions of Cimarron dance in our brains.
Ah, but those who observe the car market closely know that Cadillac has been swinging for the fences of late while also having gotten its groove on in the styling department. The result for 2013 is a sweet compact sports sedan, the ATS.
First, it looks great with vertical lights front and rear. The front lenses fold over the front fender pointing up toward the cockpit, while the rear ones remind of many a Cadillac of years past. These look elegant, AND sporty, while the body is taunt and well chiseled with a lean athletic stance.
Folks who didn’t care for some of the overwrought designs and fluffery of the past should appreciate ATS’s understated good looks.
This is a true entry-level luxury sports sedan, the base 2.5L with rear-wheel drive lists at $33,095 and packs a 2.5-liter 202-horse four-cylinder rated at 22 mpg city and 33 highway. Continue reading 2013 Cadillac ATS AWD 2.0T