Even though the 2009 Hyundai Genesis began as a mere concept car at the 2007 New York International Auto Show, the popularity of the design led Hyundai to develop the vehicle to show that the company can compete with top vehicle manufacturers. The Genesis now marks the flagship of the Hyundai company. The luxury sport sedan has all the bells and whistles of a premium car at the always affordable Hyundai price. However, simply because the Genesis has a low price compared to other premium sport sedans does not mean that the vehicle is cheap or poorly made. It uses the highest quality materials of which drivers can be proud.
Hyundai has truly grown as a car manufacturer since the company first arrived in the vehicle market. While it originally began as a producer of low-grade cars, Hyundai has made vast improvements over the past decade, allowing it to grow by leaps and bounds. Its monumental growth has even caused a bit of unrest among the Japanese car giants Honda and Toyota, since Hyundai vehicles now compete within almost every car category. The establishment of a solid reputation left Hyundai feeling strong enough to break into the full-size luxury sedan market with the rather sensational 2009 Hyundai Genesis.
Body Styles: full-size sedan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Genesis 3.8-liter V-6, Hyundai Genesis 4.6-liter V-8
The 2009 Genesis keeps to the base design while allowing for a broader reach, since the car enjoys some popularity with car buyers. The 2009 Hyundai Genesis is actually considered to be the real all-new model since the 2008 model only sold as a limited release to restricted clientele. This means that the 2009 version represents the first Hyundai rear drive luxury sedan offered to the United States market and general population.
The overall exterior design is the main quality that catches the attention of almost any person who glances at the 2009 Hyundai Genesis. The style itself caused an outpouring of support to put the car in production when it debuted at the 2007 New York International Auto Show. Rather than going for a dramatic appearance, the Genesis keeps to a sleek and luxurious style with a modern twist. In fact, the Genesis looks like a cleaner version of a Benz S-Class. Even though many brand-conscious buyers would never think of buying a Hyundai, the modern style and luxurious appearance of the 2009 Genesis could easily pass for a Lexus in the absence of the Hyundai insignia.
The 2009 Hyundai Genesis comes in two different trims, dictated by engine type—either a 3.8-liter V-6 or a 4.6-liter V-8. Both of these models try to impress the luxurious aspects of the car by including a stylish, spacious, richly designed, and fully loaded interior with many convenient features.
The 2009 Genesis 3.8-liter comes standard with full power accessories, front power seats, heated front seats, cruise control, and leather seating. The model's audio options feature a seven-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, and iPod/auxiliary input jacks. The 2009 Genesis 4.6-liter has premium leather trim that includes the dash and doors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and an upgraded audio system with a six-disc CD changer and 15 Lexicon speakers. Optional features for both models include front and rear park assist as well as a hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic.
Performance & Handling
The base engine for the 2009 Hyundai Genesis is the 3.8-liter V-6, which produces 290 horsepower and 264 lb-feet of torque. The upgraded Genesis powertrain, on the other hand, features the 4.6-liter V-8 engine that generates 375 horsepower and 333 lb-feet of torque. Both models utilize rear drive with a six-speed automatic transmission that has manual shift capability. For a full-size luxury sedan, the 4.6-liter V-8 moves the Genesis from zero to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds.
Since the 2009 Genesis is a large luxury sedan, extra safety equipment comes standard. All Hyundai Genesis models have anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, active front head restraints, and traction control. The vehicle includes multiple airbags as well. The Genesis features front-seat and rear-seat side airbags, front airbags, and full-length head curtain airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Genesis, 3.8-liter V-6: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Genesis, 4.6-liter V-8: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Luxury features
You Won't Like
- Lack of all-wheel-drive option
- No fold-down rear seat
A full-size luxury sedan without the high-class price tag.
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