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2009 Hyundai Genesis Review

Scaling Mount Luxurious

A three-quarter front view of a gray 2009 Hyundai Genesis

In short: A luxury sedan packing massive value.

Hyundai, seeking to scale the heights of Mount Luxurious, is now offering the Genesis, a rear-wheel drive sports sedan. The five-passenger vehicle’s premium facets include solar-controlled tinted glass, center console-mounted iPod/USB/AUX input jacks and leather seats. Under the hood of our brand new tester, there was a very able 290 horsepower V6 engine.

If that’s not enough for you, the engineers at Hyundai are happy to present to you their brand new 4.6-liter V8, coupled to a ZF six-speed automatic transmission that can rev up to 375 horses. The V8 model starts at $38,000, and gets a fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway. Rounding out the ride are power-assisted brakes and independent suspension on all four wheels.

You can also get creature comforts like seat heating and cooling, and optional accessories including XM NavTraffic, a backup camera, a six-disc DVD changer and a Logic7 audio system. All throughout the car, you will find quality materials, leather, real aluminum trim and wood panels.

Views of the 2009 Hyundai Genesis' interior and V6 engine

This set of wheels is athletic and confident without being aggressive. It has a stance, and perhaps an enigmatic presence, due to the lack of any kind of badge on the front end. This luxury sedan is built in Ulsan, Korea, and has a very stiff body, yet is light and nimble on the road. We very much appreciated the great cabin space for both front and rear passengers along with a massive trunk.

Over time, Hyundai has overcome its quality issues from the debut days, has done a great job at increasing residual values, offers a complete line up, and remember, it comes with "America’s best warranty." Take the Genesis to a musical performance at the Hollywood Bowl, for example, and throw in that new concert CD in the Lexicon Logic7’s 538-watt surround sound system to make the luxurious evening last just a little bit longer on the ride home. The model is designed to attract new buyers chez Hyundai. We love the Genesis, but there is also its glamorous sister, the Azera, should you want to keep some extra cash for going out to restaurants and more concerts.

A three-quarter rear view of a gray 2009 Hyundai Genesis

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Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; 7-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty; and 5-year/unlimited-mile 24-hour roadside assistance.

Base Price: $33,000

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.8-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 with continuously variable valve timing (cVVT)
Horsepower: 290 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque: 264 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed electronic automatic and SHIFTRONIC manual shift mode

Curb weight: 3,748 lbs
Wheelbase: 115.6 in
Length/Width/Height: 195.9/74.4/58.1 in
Turning circle: 36 ft

Brakes: power-assisted ventilated disc in front; power-assisted solid disc in rear; 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor ABS with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
independent 5-link design with SACHS ASD gas shock absorbers, coil springs and anti-roll bar in front and rear
traction control system

0-60 mph: 6.2 seconds
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 18 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

Safety: high-tensile steel unibody; traction control system; advanced airbags and seat-mounted side-impact airbags for front seats; roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers; active, electronic head restraints for front passengers and adjustable head restraints for rear passengers; energy-absorbing steering column; front and rear crumple zones; hood buckling creases and safety stops; and tire pressure monitoring system

Likes: overall package, cabin space, value

Dislikes: we’ll get back to you

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