When is a Sedan like a Crossover? - 2009 Hyundai Genesis V6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Hyundai Genesis Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: When is a Sedan like a Crossover?

June 25, 2009

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Answer: When you shove multiple automotive parts into one.

In this case I was trying to carry some Ford GT belly pans home, along with some large interior panels, and the only vehicle available was our long-term Hyundai Genesis.

But as my older brother is fond of saying at such times: "Ahhh, it'll work."

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And he was right. Despite lacking a fold-down rear seat (it does have a pass-through) I was able to get the larger interior panels in the trunk and the belly pans in the rear seat. The trunk lid's hinges are effectively designed to have minimal intrusion into the trunk area. I also used rags on the edges of the belly pans to keep them from marring the Genesis' leather surfaces. Despite being a rather wide car the pans barely fit in the rear seat, and only after placing them at a creative angle.

But don't try this unless you're an expert at making sedans act like utility vehicles. For example, here's a shot of our former long-term Chevy Malibu (which does have a fold-down rear seat) carrying four pieces of 8-foot lumbar last weekend. It was also hauling two kids at the time. Necessity is the mother of invention.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief

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