2009 Hyundai Genesis – Test drive and new car review – 2009 Hyundai Genesis

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Hyundai Genesis

Driving a bargain

The Genesis is the new rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan Hyundai. Available in two models V6-powered Genesis 3.8 and V8-powered 4.6 — the Genesis carries a long warranty, a mile-long of luxury features, and an unbelievably price tag. But is it a proper car? And will anyone me if I say it is?

Read on. Price range – $42,000, EPA fuel estimates 17-18 MPG city, highway.

First Glance: not lying

Allow me to start a disclaimer: I am not lying. I am only that out because I expect a number of readers not to believe me I talk about how good the Genesis is. There are a lot of people who are that Hyundai simply build a decent car.

Not I blame them; twenty ago Hyundai was peddling the Excel, a car cost $45 to build and was made out of squirrel turds. Who in their mind would believe Hyundai could come so so fast? (Answer: Anyone bought a Hyundai in the last 3 or 4 but that’s another discussion.)

For those who are inclined to believe me, give you the short version: The Sedan is a Lexus. It drives a Lexus. It coddles you like a It even smells like a It’s a $33,000 Lexus, you go for the V8 model, in which case a $38,000 Lexus with the from a $60,000 Mercedes.

I convinced you? Good. reading and go buy one. Go on, I’ll

Still skeptical? OK, guess have to take the long But if you’re waiting for the other to drop — for me to write like It all seems very until you look under the and discover that the electrical are made of paper-m#226;ch#233; — going to be sorely disappointed.

the end I might wax a bit clairvoyant and ponder the of selling a luxury car for thousands than it’s actually but other than that, going to be all sunshine and daisies. say I didn’t warn you.

In the Driver’s Seat: Lexus Hyundai value

Genesis is as nice as anything you’ll in a Lexus or an Infiniti

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At the Genesis press I paired up with Keith About.com’s Guide to Used Keith drove first, a we both agreed would increase our chances of survival. I was struck. wait, bad choice of

I was immediately impressed by how nice it is to be a in the Genesis. If you led me into a Genesis I’d swear — the smell, the space, the feel of the and the sound (or, should I the silence) — that I was in a Lexus.

I don’t have to list all of the Genesis’ standard so I’ll give you the highlights. The Genesis 3.8 comes with and power-adjustable leather seats goes to photo), wood-trimmed keyless entry and ignition, climate control, auto-dimming Bluetooth phone compatibility, adapter, 8 airbags (including torso airbags), antilock and electronic stability control. all for — $775 less a Mercedes C300 with seats and a manual transmission.

The $38,000 Genesis 4.6 gets all of the plus a sunroof, rear-window stereo by Lexicon (supplier to awesome-looking leather-trimmed dash. and 18 All of these extras can be added to the 3.8 for $3,000 ($2,000 without the 18 Both cars offer a technology package that dial -operated navigation real-time traffic info, camera, parking sensors, Lexicon stereo with DVD cooled driver’s seat, and that turn with the wheel.

On the Road: It’s no but.

The Genesis 4.6 is home to first V8, an excellent 4.6 liter that’s as quiet and smooth as from Japan or Germany. The 4.6 V8 can be run on regular fuel or premium; it 368 horsepower on the former and 375 on the latter. The 3.8 comes with Hyundai’s 290 hp 3.8 liter V6.

It has plenty of power for the job, but only a 6-8% loss in economy (18 MPG city/27 highway for the V6 vs. for the V8) and a $2,000 price premium for options, that is), go for the extra zoom of the V8. Both drive the rear wheels a 6-speed automatic transmission, an unit for the V6 and a German ZF for the V8.

Hyundai to pitch the rear-wheel-drive Genesis as a sedan. They envision it up against sporty luxury like the Infiniti M-series. and had us drive the Genesis on a race to prove their point. I’ve driven the M-series, and this is no M-series.

Don’t get me the Genesis feels nicely it grips the pavement well, and didn’t embarrass itself out on the But it just doesn’t have the ambitious feel of a proper sedan.

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No, the Genesis is more a Lexus LS460: Soft, and coddling. Nothing wrong that — after where is it written that and sport must go hand-in-hand? not on this web site.

The Genesis is good ol’ luxurious luxury. Sure, it can through the corners with aplomb when the need but really, must we engage in uncouth behavior?

Journey’s Hyundai built it, but will come?

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Photo #169; Aaron

So that’s the story: The Genesis the ambiance of a Mercedes, the smooth, ride of a Lexus, and the back space of a BMW 7-series, all for the price of an A4 (or, for that matter, a Toyota Camry). The Genesis has 95% of the found on high-end luxury all that’s missing is dynamic control and one of those annoying warning systems.

If Hyundai a mistake, it’s that priced the Genesis too low. A car for $33k? (Or, if you go for all the options, a car for $42k?) There has to be a catch. there isn’t.

Not even resale values, a Hyundai weak point: The has higher 3-year residuals the BMW 5-series, Mercedes E350/E550, M45 and Lexus GS460.

Here’s the Luxury cars are vanity Why spend $35,000 on a stripped-down C300 when you can get a big, Genesis for less? Because the is a Mercedes.

Say all you want about consumption, paying for a label, there’s something about a Mercedes (or a BMW, or an Audi, or a that you just don’t get a Hyundai.

If you’re shopping for cachet, you probably won’t set in a Hyundai dealership anyway. But if you the most luxury you can get for the least of money, it would be silly not to the Genesis. It’s an outstanding car at a price. And that’s no lie. Aaron Gold

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