2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Clampetts Part II
July 14, 2009
Covering 1,427.7 miles at an average consumption of 21.9 miles per gallon, the Genesis treated us right between Socal and Norcal and back this week. Fuel economy jumped to 23.1 mpg on the more open stretches of the 5 freeway. And remember, that's with the rack fully loaded.
The only real problem I had were the sticky "XM" and "FM/AM" buttons on the nav/audio controller which Brent mentioned a few weeks back. They still work, but their feel is awful. Otherwise, as I've said before, this car's navigation system and Bluetooth interface are both fantastic -- among the best made today.
It's also a comfortable machine. Unlike the Mazda 6 (yes, a very different car), I can put down five hours in this thing no problem.
It might not have the cargo space of the Ford Flex (duh), but it's a heck of a lot better for a drive like this where ripping across Mojave desert in July is a requirement. We also rolled through our share of mountain-road miles. The Genesis offers intuitive control feel and is light enough on its feet to not embarrass itself in the mountains. But it's still smooth as butter and quiet on the freeway. An impressive balance, really. And with a kid in the back seat, a bike on the roof and an easily nauseated wife riding shotgun, it's easy for chaos to ensue.
But it never did.
Ask anyone who's travelled with an infant and they'll tell you that there's nothing more valuable than having the right vehicle. Ample space, amenities (like good navigation and ice-cold A/C) and ride comfort are invaluable.
We hit 10,000 miles on this trip as I was thinking about stopping for gas. Didn't do it for another 82 miles when the Genesis convinced me it was time.
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 10,551 miles.