2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Can it take down the Acura TL?
August 25, 2009
I spent this past weekend with a loaded front-drive Acura TL with Tech package. Although it's more of a sport sedan, it matches nearly straight-up with our long-term Hyundai Genesis V6.
Our TL rang up at just $550 less than the Genesis' $40K MSRP.
How do they compare?
The Genesis is larger and more spacious, of course, and is more of a luxury car. Both use very good materials and have excellent build quality.
The TL is more sporting, with an excellent ride/handling balance that is better controlled than the softer Genesis ride, and with less body roll. They both have some understeer.
The TL's 5-speed auto transmission has some downshift delays and shift shock, while the Genesis' Aisin B600 6-speed auto has smoother shift quality.
Both of these vehicles, though, have funky variable-assist steering. The Genesis' hydraulic power-assisted steering suffers from input lag, especially during quick transitions. The TL's electric-assisted steering (EPS) has dead spots just off center.
The front-drive TL also has some torque steer during hard acceleration from a stop.
But Acura has an excellent reliability record and a luxury channel dealer. I'm not sure of either of those items with Hyundai, although our Genesis has given us no problems.
Although the Genesis' styling is pleasing but derivative, the TL is fugly.
What is not clear is whether the front or rear styling is worse.
While you don't see many Genesis examples in SoCal (although they are increasing in number), I haven't seen any new TLs.
Does that make either of these vehicles special? No.
Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 14,600 miles