2013 Hyundai Genesis Review

2013 Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai’s award-winning Genesis sedan continues its premium leadership in Palm Springs for 2013 with a new ultimate navigation system with Blue Link telematics. The 5.0-liter direct-injected Tau V8 engine is now exclusively available in the fully-equipped 5.0 R-Spec model, and the 3.8-liter Lambda powertrain remains available with premium and technology packages.

For 2013, the Genesis 3.8 technology package and 5.0 R-Spec models offer a new optional eight-inch Driver Information System (DIS) display with navigation and an enhanced multi-media controller. This new display features a more intuitive user interface, integrating the same rotating dial with joystick-type function, enhanced voice-recognition commands and improved navigation screen layouts. New “hot keys” also give individuals more immediate control over the operating system to reduce driving distractions. The system uses a large 64GB solid-state drive, which allows generous music, image and video storage or Bluetooth music-streaming capability.

The heart of the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec model is the 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine producing 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. This Tau V8 represents the most powerful Hyundai engine ever, with a higher specific output (85.8 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors. The Tau V8 engine family has been named to the prestigious Ward’s Ten Best Engines list three times.

Even more, this V8 offers Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), a tuned variable-induction system, and low-friction diamond-like coatings (DLC) on piston skirts, rings and tappets. Even with these impressive power increases, EPA estimated fuel economy is 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The Tau 5.0-liter V8 is mated to an in-house eight-speed automatic transmission. This Hyundai-developed transmission adds two additional ratios to enhance acceleration, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency by six percent over the former six-speed. All eight-speed transmissions will include SHIFTRONIC manual shift capability.

Now available on the 2013 Hyundai Genesis is Blue Link.  Blue Link combines safety, service and infotainment features to simplify drivers’ lives and reduce distracted driving, and is accompanied by a one-year complimentary trial period. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like voice-text messaging, POI web search download, turn-by-turn navigation, smartphone remote features and monthly vehicle reporting. Blue Link can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, over the internet, or via a smartphone. Blue Link is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.

The Assurance package includes Automatic Collision Notification (CAN) and Assistance, SOS Emergency Assistance, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance.  The Essentials package offers conveniences like Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights, Panic Notification, Remote Engine Start, Alarm Notifications, Quick Tips, Location Sharing, and Voice Text Messaging while vehicle diagnostics include Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code, Maintenance Alert, Recall Advisor, Web Vehicle Diagnostics, and Service Link.  Safeguard options on the Essentials package have Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Vehicle Immobilization, Valet Alert, Geofence, Speed Alert, and Curfew Alert.

The Guidance package offers Turn-by-Turn Navigation Service, POI Search by advanced voice recognition system, POI Web Search and Download, Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition, Traffic Updates, Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices, Eco-Coach, Restaurant Ratings, and Weather.

Almost like it was designed for the savvy drivers of Palm Springs and Southern California, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis is one of the smartest cars with one of the most powerful engines in its class.

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