The extra power felt great driving on the freeways in Arizona and in the drive through the mountains. There was no problem transitioning into traffic on and off the freeways. there were also no problems driving up and down the mountains. In fact, the suspension system keeps everything so smooth and the cabin is so quiet that it didn't feel that we were driving very fast at all until we looked and saw we were cruising at a speed almost twice as much as it felt like. (FYI we were going 45 mph and it felt like we were going about 20 mph)
Smart Cruise Control
While I do not use cruise control in Orange County due to the traffic congestion, the Smart Cruise Control is a really cool feature. It actually adjusts your speed based on the vehicle in front of you. The system is smart enough to stop for you and then start again.
Automatic Emergency Braking
This system senses where the vehicle in front of you is and slows down or stops your vehicle as necessary.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
This works perfectly with the rear view camera. You get both an audible as well as a visual warning if anything is detected in your rear-cross path.
CO2 Sensor Control System
This is probably the most interesting safety feature I have seen. This is the worlds-first use of this type of technology to help with the alertness of the driver. The technology detects the amount of carbon dioxide in the cabin and regulates it with outside air if necessary to keep the driver from falling asleep.
Blind Spot Detection
One of my favorite features and happy to see more vehicles adding this. You get a warning on your side mirror and on the Head-Up display to let you know that something is in your blind spot. If you decide to ignore the warning and turn anyways, the steering wheel actual vibrates to further warn you.
By far the coolest thing I have ever seen on a vehicle. As much as I love the other safety features, this is the one that makes me feel like a fighter jet pilot. All of your critical information is right in front of you so you do not need to take your eyes off the road. You can see what the current speed limit is, your current speed, any safety warnings if there are any, and your navigation plan if you programmed a destination.
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis starts at $38,000.
*Disclaimer: Hyundai paid for all of my expenses to test drive the 2015 Hyundai Genesis but all the opinions are my own.*