For years Hyundai has touted the idea that they would develop the new generation of luxury rear-wheel drive sedans. However, America had yet to see the maker’s addition until now. The 2009 Hyundai Genesis is a revolutionary combination of power, style, innovation, and safety. With an exterior design that rivals the high-end models, the Genesis harkens back to classic luxury sedans but adds its own modern twist. Rather than a boxy, conservative down the road graphics, the 2009 Genesis is sleek and bold. Also, the Genesis is designed so that buyers can customize it to fit their needs. So, every buyer gets exactly what he or she wants. Under the hood, buyers can pick from either a 375 horsepower 4.6L V8 or a 290 horsepower 3.8L V6. The solid V6 model comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. The SHIFTRONIC feature allows drivers to have the convenience of an automatic transmission when they want, but the command of a manual if necessary. Genesis’ V8 version gets a ZF six-speed automatic with the same SHIFTRONIC technology. The five-link rear suspension provides a superior ride in the Genesis, but some of the innovative safety features are considered upgrades. However, standard on the 2009 Hyundai are eight full coverage airbags, road adhesion control, oversteer control, anti-lock brakes, and even windshield wipers that automatically sense moisture on the windshield’s surface. Electronic stability control is a pioneering system that can detect the onset of a vehicle skid. Essentially, the vehicle will automatically correct skidding, oversteering, and could prevent a collision. Inside, the 2009 Genesis is not lacking in additional features. With a 17-speaker Lexicon surround sound system that is powered by 528 watts, the Genesis is among the few sedans that come standard with a superior audio system. Also included is an in-dash DVD changer and navigation unit. The stereo system features an MP3 input auxiliary jack, while Bluetooth compatibility allows drivers to take phone calls even while driving. However, the preeminent standard feature of the interior is the heated and cooled driver seat. With all of Hyundai’s claims of the modernization of the sedan, it is puzzling that the 2009 Genesis only gets 18 city MPG and 27 highway MPG. While there are hopes that there will be later opportunities for Hyundai to introduce a hybrid version, the moderate mileage might be a repellant for the contemporary buyer. Priced at around $32,250, the 2009 Hyundai Genesis is competing with the longstanding luxury models, but modern additions give the Genesis the upper hand. Plus, Hyundai’s 100,000-mile powertrain warranty is one that is hard to beat.
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