Hyundai Genesis Test Drive
Shortly after I got my driver's license, in the very early 90s, my mom's car was a Hyundai Stellar. It was the worst car I ever drove, and that includes my first car, an '86 Ford Escort hatchback.
My experience driving my mom's Stellar was so poor, my thoughts about Hyundai automobiles have been tainted ever since. I knew the new Genesis would fare better, but I didn't have the highest of hopes.
I can tell you with all sincerity that my week with this luxury sedan was a delight. It was extremely comfortable, completely silent, and full of pep. The 429-horsepower V8 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission made our drive to Huntsville and back a whole lot of fun.
Returning to my standard '99 Protege I now totally miss the keyless entry and ignition, the heated and cooled seat, the auto-defogging system and rear camera and proximity warnings. Not to mention the coolest entertainment and navigation controls yet.
This wasn't my mom's Hyundai. This was an amazing machine for far less than you'd guess. I'm now wondering if the Accent might be what the doctor ordered when my old beater finally bites the dust.
Most of the automobiles I've driven lately have a touch-screen navigation / entertainment system. Sure, you can navigate them manually, but they really want to be touched.
This Hyundai Genesis Sedan I'm driving this week is controlled by this solid and convenient dial. It's like a joystick you turn and it's super intuitive and feels a whole lot safer. Here's a pic of the dial.
It was easy to preset my favourite satellite, AM and FM stations, or plug in my Android device to play from there.
These dashboards have come a long way in recent years, but I'm really impressed by what Hyundai has done with it. The entire experience this week has been solid.
There's been an abundance of automobiles in my life this month.
It began with an invitation from Chevy to attend a retreat in a 2014 Chevrolet Impala. I took my buddy Elvis and we had a blast.
Then, for my wedding, Ford kindly lent me a 2013 Ford Edge in tuxedo black. It was perfectly roomy for hauling a ton of stuff to and from the venue.
Last week, I zipped around the city in a 2013 Infiniti M37xS. It was great fun to experience such luxury after 13 years in a Mazda Protege.
Now, I'm driving a Hyundai Genesis Sedan and my son and I have a road trip to Huntsville planned. I'm told there's a "blood-pumping" 348 hp from the 3.8 GT engine. I'll report back how it all went.
No, this isn't the new normal, just a perfect storm of test drives that has left my old beater feeling neglected. The month of cars is winding down.
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