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2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD 3.8

Genesis AWD a stylish luxury sedan bargain

I’m lucky, and I know it. I get to drive cars of all shapes and sizes and witness firsthand when a car company like Hyundai grows from an afterthought to a hard-charging mainstream competitor.IMG_0061

I present for your inspection today, its luxurious Genesis sedan. This is a 2015 model and comes with revamped looks a longer wheelbase than its predecessor and better overall feel. People ask me why they should buy a $52,450 Hyundai, which this was, and I can honestly say, because it’s a fine car and a bargain to boot.

Hyundai’s marketing strategy has seemed simple, once it got its quality house in order about 10 years ago. Hyundai creates a more stylish car in each segment than the current main competitors, gives it good power and a well-crafted interior and then adds more electronic features (some standard) than the competitors at a lower price.

Bingo on all fronts with the Genesis.

This is a full-size luxury car riding on a 118.5-inch wheelbase, up from 115 in earlier iterations, and 196.5-inches long. Styling is a little less conservative than a BMW or Lexus, with a bit of chrome bright work at the bottom of the rocker panel and around the windows. This one was a beautiful deep metallic red that glistened in our early fall sunshine.

IMG_0064Its interior was near perfect, with brown over tan dash and doors and perforated tan leather seats that were well formed for comfort front and rear. The dash was cleanly laid out with a matte real wood and aluminum trim across it and spreading beautifully to the doors. Gorgeous! The Genesis steering wheel is brown leather and the photo-etch look metallic trim on the console and lower center stack looks jewel-like. Continue reading 2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD 3.8