Features

The Genesis won't confuse you with option packages or trim levels: Only the 3.8 has option packages to choose from, and there are only two.

The Genesis 3.8 starts at $34,200 and comes equipped with 17-inch wheels, the LED-accented headlights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual temperature control, push-button start, keyless entry, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker stereo.

That's pretty good, but most buyers will opt for at least the Premium Package, which adds 18-inch wheels, a navigation system with a 7-inch screen, 14-speaker stereo system, moonroof, backup camera and a power adjustable steering wheel, bringing the price to $39,000.

The Technology Package features a larger 8-inch navigation system and 17-speaker stereo system along with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, cooled driver's seat, heated rear seats and high-intensity-discharge xenon headlights for a sticker price of $43,000.

The Genesis 4.6 features everything in the 3.8 Technology Package at $44,500 and adds just a few extra touches, like chrome body accents and a wood and leather steering wheel. The $1,500 price increase to get even the smaller of the two V-8 engines is a modest one.

And as you get to the top-dog Genesis 5.0 R-Spec for $46,500, you get those impressive 19-inch wheels and the added performance benefits I mentioned above, but no other additional equipment over the 4.6.

The navigation system and upgraded stereos worked quite well. The 3.8 with the tech package and above comes with a vibrant display between the two center gauges to show trip info as well as multimedia selections such as song titles and radio stations. However, the glare of the Nevada sun made all the displays hard to read at the worst parts of the day.

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