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2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

4dr Sdn 4.6L V8

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

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.

What's new for 2009?

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.

Model Strengths

  • Eye-catching design
  • available V8 power
  • excellent standard features
  • great warranty
  • attractive pricetag

Model Review

The Hyundai Genesis is all-new for 2009, and the South Korean manufacturer has seized the opportunity to create a genuinely eye-catching, up-scale model.

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Hyundai now offers a car that could tempt you out of buying a Lexus or a BMW really. From its humble origins in the mid 1980s selling fuel sipping, low-quality Excels to the fine Sonatas of recent years, the ante has been upped again.

The Genesis goes head-to-head with luxury midsize sedans like the Lexus GS and Infiniti M, not to mention the Mercedes-Benz E Class and BMW 5 Series. The company knows this is a bit of a reach, so they have left their familiar logo off the Mercedes-style grille to keep from scaring anyone away before they have a chance to take a test drive.

But after a week behind the wheel, I'm a believer. The look, feel, styling, and performance are right up there. The interior feels like it came from a Lexus, although there is no telescoping feature for the manually-adjusting steering wheel on the standard car. The leather-wrapped steering wheel feels right, though, and the brushed metal accents look worthy of admiration.

That wheel moves with the right weighting, with just enough assist but still a feeling of quality and heft. The complexity of the interior design doesn't look like it was built to a price. The rear seats are capacious and with central and side air vents, along with storage pockets on the backs of the front seats, give the air of a true luxury vehicle to fortunate rear seat passengers. As is the case with many cars of this type, you can order up a V6 or V8 and they drive the rear wheels. That configuration puts the Hyundai up against BMWs and historic sports sedans, and the 52/48 almost perfect front/rear weight balance imparts a sporty character. The brand new 4.6-liter V8 delivers an eye-popping 375 horsepower and 333 lb.-ft. of torque good for a sub-six-second zero-to-sixty time, while earning EPA fuel economy ratings of 17 City, 25 Highway.

The 3.8-liter V6, as found in my Black Noir Pearl test car, had "only" 290 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, but that's actually quite a lot. Fuel economy is even better, at 18 City, 27 Highway. Both models use a Japanese Aisin SHIFTRONIC six-speed automatic. The EPA's Green Vehicle Guide gives both engines a 7 for Air Pollution and a 5 for Greenhouse Gas slightly better than average, but fine for that many horses under the hood. If you're looking for great green car ratings, Hyundai will gladly sell you their exceptionally clean Elantra.

The sophisticated independent suspension, with five links front and rear, is typical of those used in Mercedes and BMW sport sedans. As I said, this isn't like any Hyundai you've seen or driven before.

The Genesis 3.8 comes in four levels Standard, Premium, Premium Plus, and Technology. All models come with heated leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels with P225/55R17 tires, fog lamps, automatic headlights, dual power heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, cruise control, proximity entry with electric push-button start, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, dual front fully automatic climate control and an electrochromic auto-dimming interior rearview mirror with Homelink and compass. The audio system features AM, FM, CD, MP3 and Sirius/XM satellite radio, with a three-month subscription. I appreciated the real iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks.

For safety, you get Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control, an anti-lock Braking System (ABS), advanced front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side airbags, roof-mounted side curtain airbags, and electronic front head restraints. The latter are another one of those luxury car features never before seen in a Hyundai.

On the safety theme, the Genesis receives all top five-star crash test numbers reassuring.

The Premium level ups the ante with leather-wrapped dash and door trim inserts, power sunroof, a memory system, power tilt and telescopic steering column, power rear sunshade, and the Lexicon 14-speaker surround sound with a six-disc CD changer. This audio system is also offered in Rolls-Royces, in case you wondered.

The Premium Plus brings in 18-inch wheels. The Technology package adds even more-- a 528-watt Lexicon 17-speaker discrete audio system, six-disc in-dash DVD changer and navigation system, rear backup warning camera, Driver Information System, XM HID and auto-leveling headlights, Adaptive Front Lighting System, front and rear parking assistance sensors and a cooled driver seat.

The V8 models add many of the upper level V6-model options as standard equipment. Prices start at a remarkably low $33,000 for the 3.8 V6 model and $38,000 for the 4.6 V8 model. The Premium package adds $2,000 and the Premium Plus $3,000. The Technology package is an additional $4,000 over the Premium Plus. The top-level 4.6 V8 model with Technology package tops out at $42,000.

Those are big numbers, but this car is big news for Hyundai. Without creating a second channel, like Toyota's Lexus and Nissan's Infiniti brands, Hyundai offers an amazingly competitive product. Who would have thought it could happen?

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

120-months/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty from original in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility up to 5 model years old w/ less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
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Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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