New Car Reviews

2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 – Four Seasons Update – December 2009

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Months in Fleet: 11
Mileage: 28,931

Sometimes at the tail end of a Four Seasons test, when a car’s novelty has worn off – or our tolerance for the its faults has started to fade – the rate at which it accumulates miles wanes. This has yet to happen to the Genesis. In fact, it is well on its way to passing the 30,000 mile mark before its year with us is over. Web editor Phil Floraday, who has taken the Genesis on several trips, recently took the Hyundai to Chicago for a dinner date. “I really appreciate the fact that the Genesis sort of fades away on the road and comforts its occupants very nicely. There is constant movement in the chassis while traversing rough pavement, but it’s so quiet and luxurious inside the car that it doesn’t bother me as much as it used to. There’s a lot to be said for a car that’s fast, luxurious, and has a high-tech intuitive interior. Some cars costing twice the price aren’t this easy to use once you dive into the techno gizmos. It may not be as involving to drive as a BMW 5-Series, but the Genesis is not trying to be a sport/luxury car and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

A couple weeks later, a friend of the magazine took the Genesis back to Chicago. He found the engine responsive and more than powerful enough to carry five adults and their stuff, but found that the accommodations weren’t first-class. “The rear seat was a bit narrow for three adults, but there was adequate head- and legroom. Unfortunately, because the rear cupholders are integrated into the flip-down center armrest, my back seat occupants had to find another place to keep their drinks and other miscellaneous gear. The driver’s seat has great lumbar support and I wasn’t stiff when we arrived following the 5-hour non-stop drive. In fact, the gas tank is so generous that we made it from Ann Arbor to the north side of Chicago and all the way back into Michigan before needing to refuel.”

Not a month goes by without someone marveling at the user-friendly nature of the multimedia interface in the Genesis. Floraday had this to say: “anyone who has used a computer before can easily pair a Bluetooth phone, select an XM radio station, or scroll through iPod playlists without being terribly distracted.” And copy editor Rusty Blackwell, after a long hiatus from driving the Genesis, put it succinctly when he noted that the interface was so intuitive it was like “riding a bike.”

It is also important to mention that in nearly a year and almost 30,000 miles of hard use the Genesis has yet to experience any problems that require service, save for an airbag control unit recall at 26,000 miles. And the great-looking interior is showing none of the signs of wear that tend to crop up after a year of demanding use. Despite its rough suspension and a few niggling issues, the Genesis is an amazing first-stab at the luxury car class by Hyundai and one that the company hopes to build on with the upcoming full-size Equus. If our experience with the Genesis over the last eleven months is any indication, Hyundai will no doubt be a legitimate threat to the luxury car establishment in the future.

2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6

Base price (with dest.): $37,250
Price as tested: $42,000


Body Style: 4-door sedan
Accommodation: 5-passenger
Construction: Steel unibody


Engine: DOHC 32-valve V-8
Displacement: 4.6 liters
Power: 375 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 333 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: rear-wheel
Fuel economy: 17/25/19 mpg (city/hwy/combined)


Steering: power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Turns lock-to-lock: 2.98
Turning Circle: 36 ft
Suspension, Front: Multilink, coil springs
Suspension, Rear: Multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R: Vented disc, ABS
Wheels: 18-in
Tires: Bridgestone Blizzak (winter tires?)
Tire Size: P235/50VR-18


Headroom F/R: 38.1 / 37.7 in
Legroom F/R: 44.3 / 38.6 in
Shoulder Room F/R: 58.3 / 57.9 in
Wheelbase: 115.6 in
Track F/R: 63.1 / 63.8 in
L x W x H: 195.9 x 74.4 x 58.3 in
Cargo Capacity: 15.9 cu ft
Weight: 4012 lb
Weight Dist. F/R: N/A
Fuel Capacity: 20.3 gal
Est. Range: 380 miles
Fuel Grade: 93 octane

Standard Equipment

ABS, Brake Assist
Electronic stability control, traction control
Rain-sensing wipers
Power glass sunroof


Technology Package, $4000
-528-watt, 17-speaker Lexicon HD radio
-6-DVD changer
-Rear Backup Camera
-Driver Information System (DIS)
-HID Auto-Leveling Headlights
-Adaptive Front Lighting System
-Front and Rear Parking Assist Sensors
-Cooled Driver Seat