The 2009 Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan offers lots of features for the dollar. When it comes to sport sedan credentials, the Genesis is surprisingly capable, though not a match for the best in the class. With a smooth ride, lots of interior room, and willing power, the Genesis is a viable choice that fits between established luxury brands and the less-expensive but capable Chrysler 300 and Pontiac G8. Genesis customers can choose between the capable 3.8 model that provides better handling and fuel economy or a quicker 4.6 model that has better steering but pushes a little more in fast turns.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Kirk Bell filed this report from Santa Barbara, California.
Model Line Overview
Hyundai Genesis 3.8 ($32,250); 4.6 ($37,250)
290-hp 3.8-liter V6; 375-hp 4.6-liter V8
Safety equipment (standard):
dual front airbags, front and rear side airbags, curtain side airbags, tire-pressure monitor, electronic active front head restraints, antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, electronic stability control
Safety equipment (optional):
front and rear park assist, rearview camera
5 years/60,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Hyundai Genesis 4.6 ($37,250)
leather upholstery; dual-zone automatic climate control; power tilt/telescoping wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; cruise control; heated front seats; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment; 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat; heated, auto-dimming power mirrors; power windows and door locks; remote keyless access and starting; memory for the driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel; sunroof; AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with 6-disc CD changer; XM satellite radio; iPod interface; auxiliary audio input jack; Bluetooth wireless cell phone link; auto-dimming rearview mirror; rain-sensing wipers; power rear sunshade; compass; universal garage door opener; automatic headlights; theft-deterrent system; fog lights; and P235/50R18 tires on alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Technology Package ($4000) with front- and rear park assist, navigation system, 17-speaker Lexicon audio system with 7.1 surround, HD radio, XM NavTraffic with one-year subscription, hard drive, rearview camera, heated/cooled front seats, and adaptive, auto-leveling HID headlights
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
4.6-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
375 @ 6500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
333 @ 3500
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
15.9 cu. ft.
disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of May 12, 2008.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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