Ladin Hyundai at the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall Presents the 2016 Hyundai Genesis

What’s New for 2016?

This review is from the perspective of a consumer who has always owned, leased and driven sedans, my favorite “ride” since I have no need for an SUV or crossover. My sedans have included Mercedes Benz, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Mercury and Buick. I have always preferred a reasonable combination of performance and comfort (I’m 6’ 2” and I need my space). Until now I would never have considered looking at a Hyundai as my next choice. Fact is that even after reading some very positive reviews of the Hyundai Genesis in the automotive press it required a surprising test drive for me to decide that a very nicely equipped Hyundai Genesis 3.8 model is at the top of our list to replace our present car. It measures up to or exceeds comparative models from competing luxury brands like Lexus, Infiniti or BMW and does so at a much more attractive price whether you are leasing or buying. It also stands head and shoulders above a comparably priced Volvo sedan.

When I went for my test drive I was very impressed by the roomy cabin, easy to use and understand controls and quality of the fit and finish. The sticker price of $43,780 was many thousands of dollars less than comparative brands from Germany, Japan and Cadillac. This was a luxury car for the price of a “near luxury” model.

Quoting Edmonds.com: “In the past you might have considered purchasing Hyundai’s Genesis luxury sedan on the grounds that it offered strong value and lots of standard features versus its more respected German and Japanese competitors. Those points still ring true, but these days, the 2016 Hyundai Genesis stands on its own as much for its clean styling, refined ride and well-appointed cabin. Would we go so far as to define it as dynamic to drive, but quiet, comfortable and coddling? Without question. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by its roomy cabin, and you will breathe a sigh of relief when taking in its simple yet elegant interior layout. This is a car you can get in and drive without first skimming the owner’s manual to explain any ‘what does that button do?’ moments. But luxury and tech features do abound. No other car offers the equipment, interior quality, power, size and sheer presence for the money like the Hyundai Genesis.”

When I headed up the 101 toward Santa Barbara I cranked up the radio, quickly figured out the easy to use navigation system and was up to 90 MPH before I blinked…a speeding ticket waiting to happen. The power and handling were smooth and effortless. This was a “near luxury” priced car behaving like a high performance luxury German sedan on the autobahn. My round trip from Thousand Oaks to Carpinteria and back was great. The EPA’s estimated fuel economy for the rear-drive Genesis 3.8 is 22 mpg in combined driving (18 city/29 highway). This is my next car!

Standard features for the Genesis 3.8 include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic/auto-leveling HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition and entry, heated 12-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar, leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a hands-free “smart” trunk, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, a navigation system, real-time traffic, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Hyundai’s Blue Link emergency telematics system, a seven-speaker audio system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB/iPod interface, HD radio and satellite radio.

The Genesis 3.8 can be equipped with three option packages: Signature, Tech and Ultimate. The Signature package  (which is what I drove) adds a panoramic sunroof, LED fog lights, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert systems, parking guides for rearview camera, ventilated front seats, driver memory functions, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a power rear sunshade, manual side window shades and a premium Lexicon 14-speaker surround-sound audio system. This keeps your sticker price in the $43,000 range and is about all that I would want. There are also the additional package options, All Wheel Drive and the Ultimate V8 model.

For more information, contact Ladin Hyundai at 3725 Auto Mall Drive, in Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, call 866.415.0727 or visit LadinHyundai.com