Hyundai Genesis

The 2016 Genesis comes powered by either a 3.8L V6 or a 5.0L V8. The 3.8L V6 is rated at 311 hp while the 5.0L V8 makes 420hp. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. For the first time on the Genesis, all-wheel drive will be an option with the V6 engine. All-wheel drive adds $2500 to the price of the Genesis.

Being a luxury car, the Genesis, even in the base 3.8 trim comes packed full of equipment that is typically optional in lesser vehicles. Standard equipment includes heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, leather-covered 12-way power adjustable heated front seats. Buyers get a choice of wood or metal paneling on the interior, standard automatic climate control, a leather wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and voice command control interfaces, LED interior lighting, a proximity-based entry system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink. The audio system includes an 8-inch touchscreen, a 7-speaker sound system with SiriusXM and HD radio compatibility and a navigation system that includes traffic updates.

The 5.0 V8-equipped trim is even more opulent and includes an audiophile Lexicon 14-speaker premium stereo, a 7-inch LCD display in the instrument panel, intelligent adaptive cruise control with full start/stop functionality, a rear sunshade, a heated and cooled front seats, dual-zone climate control, a seat memory system, a rearview camera, front and rear parking assist and fog lamps.

Safety features include dual stage front airbags, side curtain and driver knee protection. Anti-lock brakes, a backup-camera, electronic stability and traction control are also standard.

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Editors' First Take

Right now, Hyundai's luxury offshoot Genesis has two vehicles -- the G80, formerly known as the Hyundai Genesis, and the G90, formerly known as the Hyundai Equus. It didn't really have anything all its own, but that changed today in New York, when the company debuted its New York Concept.

Not only is it a concept, it's a hybrid concept. It relies on a combination of electric motors and a two-liter gas engine to produce about 241 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That combination is mated to an eight-speed automatic, which many automakers use as a sort of sweet spot between performance and outright efficiency.

And there's plenty of performance-oriented parts on this hybrid. Much of its style -- the long hood, thin headlamps, channels for air, flared fenders -- gives off a sporty vibe. The same could be said for the interior, as well, which uses a strong center console to divide its innards into four distinct sections, much like an Aston Martin Rapide or Porsche Panamera.

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