2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Cool Customer on a Vegas Cruise
August 27, 2009
The girlfriend and I decided to hit Las Vegas for a quick, 24-hour get-away from L.A. And no, we didn't get married. Having heard that the Genesis was a great road trip car and not yet having any substantial seat time in it, the Hyundai was requested.
During the ride back the Genesis hit 15,000 miles, but I must confess I had the display on the tripmeter function (the "ODO" display only shows either total miles or trip miles) and realized it after I arrived back in L.A., hence the 15,268 miles shown. I gave the Genesis a belated happy anniversary card and a bath at the car wash, so we're copasetic now.
Follow the jump for my random observations of the Genesis, as well as how to count cards like Rainman and win big in Sin City.
We decided to make it a Sunday to Monday trip to avoid traffic, and it was smooth sailing nearly the whole 275 miles each way. With the help of the Genesis' near-300 hp V6, a 70-75 mph speed limit and a buddy's V1 detector, we were able to make pretty good time. Including a one-hour stop, it took us 4:45, meaning the drive time was 3:45. No, this isn't a shot from France -- we stayed at the Paris hotel, which comes with its own scaled-down Eiffel tower.
-- Although the outside temp was 97 degrees, the car's coolant temp never even hit the half-way mark; it remained just below that throughout the trip.
-- Nice seats for a long drive -- soft yet supportive and the cooling feature (driver side only) prevented sweaty leg syndrome.
-- The Lexicon audio system is incredible -- good separation and powerful without getting boomy or tinny when you crank it up.
-- Setting radio stations is a PITA, as rather than simply tuning into the desired station and then pressing a numbered button on the dash, you must us the multi-function knob to go to the tuning function, find the station, then go back to the preset function and scroll to the desired preset number then push the knob to lock it in. You have to do this back-and-forth dance for every preset. Of course, once you have all your faves locked in, this is no longer an issue.
-- The Genesis rolls down the highway at high speeds like a bullet train - silently, comfortably and unwaveringly.
-- Nav system has bright and clear displays. Mostly easy to use too, except it got befuddled at the 101 and 10 interchange as we got into L.A., telling us to stay left to stay on the 10 when in fact you must stay right. Later on, it tells you to stay right and shows what you've actually already passed, so for some reason it has a one mile or so lag in this area. This is not the first nav system to do this here, however, as I've experienced this in other cars.
-- Below the veneer of its soft-touch dash and convincing faux wood accents, the Genesis still exudes quality; everything from the selecting a gear to working the multi-function knob has a precise, polished feel to its action.
-- Over 604 miles (including over 50 miles of driving around L.A. after the trip) the Genesis averaged 24.1 mpg.
Oh yes, I was kidding about counting cards and winning big. I actually lost my shirt! Yeah, it was a T shirt from a 5k that I ran a good time in...hmmm, must've left it in the hotel's bathroom. However, I'm not kidding when I tell you I was quite impressed by the Genesis and would have no problem recommending this car to my dad, were he in the market.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor