Out of 14 large luxury sedans rated by the U.S. News ranking system, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis ranks in the middle. Hyundai’s venture into the luxury sedan market has been as successful as the car manufacturer’s attempts at other types of vehicles, such as crossovers and SUVs. The Hyundai Genesis starts pricing at $34,200, making it a much more affordable option in a market in which the average starting price for a car is $50,000. Because of this, sales have been good for the Hyundai’s version of the large luxury sedan.

A Great Ride at a Reasonable Price

While there are a few drawbacks to this car, like no fold-down rear seat and, more importantly, no accessible all-wheel drive, the Hyundai Genesis is, overall, a great ride at a reasonable price. The Hyundai Genesis comes in a base-model 333 horsepower, 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with eight-speed transmission; a slightly larger V-8 4.6-liter 385 horsepower model; and an optional 5.0-liter, 429 horsepower Tau V8 engine. All models are rear-wheel drive, with automatic transmission.

The interior of the Hyundai Genesis impresses most reviewers, and some feel the leather-bound interior, which is an optional add-on, compares to the Mercedes models’ interiors in sheer luxury. However, these add-ons greatly increase the price; at the base model, the Hyundai’s interior options are far less luxurious. Heated driver and passenger seats, a quiet interior, and easy-to-use navigation and music systems are pluses. No fold-down rear seats are a nuisance, but there is a pass-through to accommodate thin items like skis. Back seat room is better than on some comparable models, and the trunk measures 15.9 cubic feet, which is about average for this size car.

Hyundai Genesis Safety Testing

The federal government’s roll over test on the Hyundai Genesis netted five out of five stars, or an “excellent” safety rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Hyundai Genesis a “good” rating in front, side, and rear crash tests, naming it a “Top Safety Pick” in its class. The Hyundai Genesis features eight air bags, active head restraints to prevent whiplash, and a “lane departure warning system” which is standard on the top two models and optional on the base model. Anti-lock brakes are standard on all models.

Hyundai Genesis Warranty

Hyundai offers a five-year/60,000-mile standard bumper-to-bumper warranty on all models, along with a ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. For the 2012 models, five years of unlimited mileage roadside assistance is also included free of charge. Hyundai also offers a seven-year, unlimited mileage rust and corrosion warranty. Currently, Hyundai offers a better warranty package than its competitors in the class, including Mercedes and Lexus.

How much does a Hyundai Genesis cost?

With invoice pricing ranging from $33,000-$43,000, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis is certainly one of the more affordable models in the large luxury car category. With highway mileage of 20 to 24 miles per gallon in combined highway and city driving, the fuel economy is good for a car this size, as well. The costs for repairs are average to low, with an average of $275 for a fuel injector replacement, $295 for a radiator fan replacement, and $500 for a starter replacement.

How much is car insurance for the Hyundai Genesis?

Car insurance costs for the Hyundai Genesis are a bit above average for cars this size, possibly due to the fact that the car is a relatively new offering and has yet to “prove” its risk value. The Hyundai Genesis 8-cylinder costs $1,799 per year on average to insure, while the Hyundai Genesis 6-cylinder runs around $1,739 per year. By way of comparison, the Mercedes 300 series averages $1,693 per year, and the Audi A4 averages $1,560.

You can find out how much it will cost to insure your new Hyundai Genesis by doing a price comparison among various insurance companies or by talking to agents representing a variety of companies. For most people, an online quote comparison is the easiest way to compile a large set of information from which to make an informed insurance decision. Enter your zip code above to compare car insurance quotes for Hyundai Genesis online and remember that, with the relatively high cost of repairs for this model, you will want to carry collision and comprehensive coverage as well as liability, at least for the first few years you own the car. It is also wise to carry uninsured motorist coverage to be sure that you can have your new Hyundai Genesis fixed if you are hit by a uninsured driver. With Hyundai’s free roadside assistance, you may not need such add-ons and towing, although you may want to carry rental coverage as an option on your car insurance.