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Genesis G70. Photo: Genesis

This week I'm driving the 2020 Genesis G70 RWD Sport, a compact performance sedan that should have BMW and Mercedes-Benz worried.

The big picture: Hyundai's new luxury brand is making a name for itself. While Genesis has only three sedan models to date — the G70, G80 and G90 — its first SUV, the GV80, debuted earlier this year in South Korea.

The entry-level G70, starting at $36,445, goes straight at the the BMW 3-series and the Mercedes C-Class and more than holds its own.

  • There's even a base model with a manual stick, but I haven't driven that yet.

I'm driving the G70 3.3T version, with an upgraded 365 horsepower twin-turbo engine an 8-speed transmission with paddle shifters, and tons of standard convenience and safety features.

  • The 3.3T starts at $44,650, but with three premium option packages added, it tops out at $51,245, which is still a great deal.
  • One gripe: Genesis should have splurged on a premium infotainment system. The G70's is pulled from an ordinary Hyundai.
  • Standard safety features include: adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, among others.

The bottom line: The G70 offers a powerful combination of beautiful styling, lively handling and great value.

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Why it matters: This may seem like more evidence that the pandemic is curbing our nation's cherished pastimes. But a closer look reveals something more nuanced about Americans' increased acceptance for risk around activities in which they want to participate.

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Why it matters: Buying Dunkin’ will more than double Inspire’s footprint, making it one of the biggest restaurant deals in the past 10 years. This could ultimately set up an IPO for Inspire, which already owns Arby's, Jimmy John's and Buffalo Wild Wings.