December 24, 2009
Like we've said in multiple past posts, our long-term 2009 Hyundai Genesis is a great highway cruiser thanks to its quiet interior, comfortable ride quality and solid V6 power. Yesterday I drove about five hours and 300 miles with my wife and two-year-old daughter to kick off our holiday break; the Genesis performed admirably. And even though we've complained about the latency in "real-time" traffic updates on navigation systems, I'll still take having the updates rather than none at all -- they helped me navigate though some of Los Angeles' slowest freeways.
I also packed the Genesis full of travel and holiday stuff -- you can fit a lot in a big sedan if you get creative, though I'd need something bigger (like the Flex) if we had another child. Even so, I'm quite pleased to have our Genesis over the holidays.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
September 21, 2009
Picked up the Genesis at the airport over the weekend after a week in Frankfurt. An 11-hour flight will often bring out the pettiest of grievances, but in this case the Genesis escaped unscathed thanks to its well-designed trunk.
For one, the liftover is relatively low, which is good when you have a full suitcase packed with clothes mixed with heavy camera equipment. The opening is also wide which means you can pretty much just lift and chuck, no need for precise placement. As you can see, the lift arms don't intrude on the space either, so I could pretty much shove my bags anywhere. And finally, the cargo net is actually useful. I just threw my computer bag in and shoved it under a corner of the net to keep it from sliding around.
None of this stuff is new or particularly unique even, yet there are still sedans in this class that don't quite get it right. The Genesis is not one of them.
Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 16,823 miles
August 18, 2009
It's time for 10 Things I Like About You: Hyundai Genesis Edition
1. quiet, peaceful interior
2. smooth upshifts
3. strong brakes
4. being a passenger sometimes (the rear seats are really comfortable)
5. how it handles my iPod
6. cool-toned courtesy lights when I shut off the car
7. its V6 is more than sufficient, don't need to drop money on the V8
8. roomy, easily accessible trunk
9. cushioned, leather-wrapped dash
10. can comfortably fit 5 adults
Have anything to add to this list?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
June 25, 2009
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."
June 01, 2009
I had a great weekend in our long-term Hyundai Genesis. I really could own this thing. On Saturday it hauled around the entire Oldham clan, kids and all, in total comfort and on Sunday it took the wife and I to the theatre in style.
But I did find a couple of things to complain about just so you don't think I've begun moonlighting for Hyundai's marketing department.
April 28, 2009
Bigger is better. I really like the Genesis because it allows the buyer to get more room (good) without spending more (bad). Here's a little formula I couldn't stop thinking of as I loaded the trunk full of kids stuff and a few bags of clothes to donate: Luxury=space, space=freedom, freedom=luxury.
See that extra space? That makes me feel all cozy inside - ditto for the roomy interior. Just curious - is there anyone out there looking to spend more money only to get less car?
Brian Moody, Automotive Editor
April 01, 2009
Not only is the 2009 Hyundai Genesis a cut-rate luxury car, it's also a leg connoisseur, demonstrating particular preference for short femurs (the part of the leg above the knee) and long tibias (between the knee and foot). It's a discriminating taste to be sure.
Here's what I mean. The bottom seat cushion is too short. Right now, it accomodates short femurs well but needs to be longer for anyone else (like me). The extendable thigh cushion found in other luxury and near-luxury cars would address this.
Also, the seat doesn't crank down far enough. I'm 6'1" and in the Genesis the seat really needs to be another inch or two lower. Headroom is fine--it's just that when I'm in my regular driving position the pedals are a peculiar downward reach for my feet. Maybe if I transplant a section of my femurs into my tibias I'd be all set. Let me work on that.
Aside from those quirks, these seats are pretty darned comfy. The heated and ventilated driver's seat is just fine by me, too.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 5,550 miles.
February 23, 2009
Just when you thought you'd seen all the Tour of California blogs, another one appears. I loaded the three-strong family into the Genesis -- no easy challenge given that the most recent addition is still only 11 months old. Those with kids know how much accoutrement kids this age require. And I wasn't going without the Super Stroller.
What's the Super Stroller, you ask? Hit the jump to find out.