An all-new model for 2009, the Genesis is Hyundai's new flagship sedan and its first rear-wheel-drive luxury car in the US. The base engine is a 3.8L V6 that produces 290 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque, while the upgraded power train features a 4.6L V8 with 375 hp and 333 lb-ft of torque, when fueled with premium and 368 and 324, respectively, for regular. Standard for both trims is a six-speed automatic with manual shift. EPA fuel economy estimates for the V6 are 18 mpg city/27 mpg hwy and 17/25 for the V8. A big, luxury 4-door sedan, the 5-passenger Hyundai Genesis standard features include a Lexicon audio system, leather trim dash and door panels, heated/cooled driver's seat and adaptive headlamps, while a navigation system with backup camera is optional. Antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front- and rear-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags come as standard safety features. The Hyundai Genesis is surprisingly spacious, with luxury inside and out, and sports an array of convenience features.Read more Read less
The Hyundai Genesis is a new model for 2009 and one that is a serious departure for Hyundai, which has been boosting the quality of its product for the last several years. The Genesis is a "clean-sheet" car, and the result is a luxury triumph for Hyundai. With a 3.8L V6 delivering 290 hp, or a 4.6L V8 with 368 hp, either engine offers plenty of power for the road. The V6 returns 18/27 mpg city and highway, while the V8 shows 17/25 mpg. Standard luxury features include leather interior with heated seats, alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, and Bluetooth hands-free communication, plus a host of standard safety features, which means you don't have to compromise luxury and power for a secure experience. Available colors include Champagne Beige Metallic, Black Noir Pearl, Sapphire Blue Pearl, Cabernet Red Pearl, Sterling Blue Metallic, Titanium Gray Metallic, Platinum Metallic, and White Satin Pearl. The Genesis 3.8 is priced at $32,250, while the Genesis 4.6 starts at $37,250.
Eye-catching design; available V8 power; excellent standard features; great warranty; attractive pricetag
Hyundai has been gaining serious ground on its Japanese, American, and even European competition with the increased quality and styling of its cars. The Genesis is another big step in the right direction. With V6 or V8 power, a long list of standard luxury and safety features, a smooth, comfortable ride, and an excellent warranty, Hyundai has placed is well-priced luxury sedan squarely in the faces of sedans from Cadillac, Lexus, Infiniti, and BMW.