Toronto Test Drives

My Week With the Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec

After Patrick at Hyundai handed over the keyless starter to me before I set out on my test drive of the 2013 Genesis 5.0 sedan, he pointed out some of the cooler features (literally, there is a driver-side seat cooler) and said I will really notice the car's performance when I hit the highway. We strapped in the carseat and set out for Hamilton on the first day. The Genesis is a luxury sedan, but it's as parent-friendly as my Equinox. The latch system made it very easy to install the carseat, and there was ample room in the back for another two passengers.

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With little man happily strapped in with plenty of legroom, it was time to test the 429 horsepower 5.0-litre V8 engine. This car accelerates fast, smoothly and quietly, and handles turns so easily. My husband drives a CTS and was surprised at how quickly the car responded to sharp turns, and had to admit it handled better than his car. This is high praise. I liked how easy it was to do U-turns (my 2006 Equinox is sort of sluggish and protests these) and being somewhat direction-challenged I am a frequent U-turner, always when it's safe and legal of course. And speaking of safety, I'm really going to miss the rear camera and navigation screen, which made me less of a menace on the streets while parallel parking.

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I received lots of feedback on the Genesis while driving around the city. A couple of people asked me what make of car it was, and were surprised and impressed when I answered "Hyundai". A car enthusiast in a parking lot commented that he thought "it looked just like a BMW." Lots of neighbours wandered over and admired the look of the car; it really is a head-turner, all sleek with its fancy grill. I liked how it felt really substantial to ride in, but was so light and easy to maneuver. This car seats five comfortably, and the trunk is huge. I was able to throw the stroller in no problem and there was still room for grocery bags.

This is a comfortable, gorgeous-looking high-performance car that is an ideal choice if you are considering your first luxury vehicle but still have to tote around a kid or two and need space. Pricing starts at $53,499 for the 5.0 and $39,999 for the 3.8 litre engine. For more information on the Hyundai Genesis click here. Rosie :)

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Sedan: What I Love So Far

I'm on day four of my week-long test drive of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, and it's awesome. Fast, super-smooth and SO comfortable. Driving it is completely effortless, which I love. Some other features I'm quite enjoying include the rear camera and navigation screen which lets you back into the scariest parking space without fear of taking off a mirror on a concrete pillar:

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The perfectly organized dash and satellite radio coming at you through a 17-speaker audio system:

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And the cooled driver's seat. I've had a heated seat, but never a cooled one. This has been particularly lovely during the Toronto heatwave.

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I'm also quite impressed at how good it is on gas after three days of both city and highway driving, and how fancy it looks. I've always had a thing for silver, or rather, Titanium Grey Metallic, cars.

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Check back in a few days for more thoughts on the car, including input from my men, both the big and little one. Rosie :)

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