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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Our Favorite Caption

January 29, 2010


Thanks to lowmilelude for this week's favorite caption. It was so exciting to ring the bell again. I haven't done that in a while.

Here are the others that made us giggle:

To donk, or not to donk; that is the question. (lowmilelude)
Dubz and Dubzer (ergsum)
Old School Donk-a-Khan (ergsum)
On the Origin of Dubs And the Descent of Mankind (e90_m3)
Old School meets Old Testament (ergsum)
Don't Donk and Drive (ergsum)
Snoop Dogg & Hunn Daze (mrryte)
Hip Hop versus Seoul (ergsum)
Which car brought the strippers? (ergsum)
I dub thee redonkulous (mnorm1)
And God said, Let there be dubs: and there were dubs (aleclance)
Introduction of IL Editor DeRosa's personal car: Chevy Caprice Classic with minor mods (dougtheeng)
Donk y Kong (bluepunk82)
...and then a guy popped up through the rear sunroof. (rick8365)

What was your favorite?

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: You Write the Caption

January 29, 2010


Scott took this photo of our Hyundai Genesis next to this big-wheeled beauty. You see these kind of wheels quite a bit around southern California.

We suggest: That's redonkulous

What is your caption?

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Oops

January 07, 2010


This morning as I put my stuff into the passenger side of the Hyundai Genesis, I noticed this loose piece of trim around the door.

Luckily, it popped right back into place in about 3 seconds. Someone must have bumped it or knocked it loose with their hand.

This Genesis has been one solid car the entire year. As you know, we're not exactly gentle with our fleet. I was wondering how this affordable luxury car was going to hold up over time. Most cars are pretty nice when they are new. It's after you've had them for a while that they show their true colors.

Our Genesis definitely feels lived in, but we've had no major problems with it and no rattling bits. A bit of loose trim that pops back into place is nothing. Now, if it keeps popping out, that's another story and I'll let you know.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 22,976 miles

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Which Options Would You Choose?

January 04, 2010


Back in May of last year, Editor in Chief Oldham wrote a "Would I Buy One?" post that listed his opinion of each car in our fleet at the time. For the answer to whether he'd buy a Hyundai Genesis, Scott wrote: "Faster than you can say great sedan." I'd put myself in this camp, too. But then the next question would be: "What kind of Genesis?"

Like most of the Edmunds/Edmunds.com editorial staff, I'd be happy with the V6. It's got respectable power, sounds throaty when you get on it and helps keep the Genesis' price pleasingly low. The trickier question to answer would be what kind of options I think are worth the money.

Hyundai has fiddled with the Genesis' options packages from 2009 to 2010, but I'll stick with 2010 since that's the car that's on sale now. Hyundai offers three 2010 packages: Premium ($2,500), Premium Navigation ($2,000) and Technology ($5,500). Premium basically gets you a sunroof, a 14-speaker Lexicon surround-sound audio system, upgraded leather trim, a power tilt/telescope steering wheel, driver seat memory settings and a power rear sunshade. So far, so good.

Premium Navigation gets you the navigation system, a back-up camera and 18-inch wheels. Interestingly, you couldn't get standalone navigation on the 2009 car (it was bundled with the Technology package), but I'd probably get it here given the more agreeable price.

But I'd pass on the 2010 Technology Package, which has adaptive xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control (new for 2010), parking sensors, a 17-speaker surround-sound audio system, Bluetooth, a bigger navigation screen, a ventilated driver seat and the multimedia controller wheel. Sure, I like our long-termer's Bluetooth and xenon headlights. But the rest is of debatable merit, and therefore I couldn't justify spending another $5,500. That would leave this 2010 Genesis with an MSRP of $38,300, which is quite reasonable to me for a large premium/luxury sedan as good as this one is.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 22,697 miles

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: TPMS Makes Me Thankful

December 28, 2009


The more TPMS warnings in get in various cars, the more I'm thankful that this feature is now standard in every new car. I got a low-pressure warning in our Hyundai Genesis a few mornings ago for the left-rear tire. My wife had taken the Genesis shopping the day before; did she drive over some road debris?

The Genesis doesn't display the actual pressure, so I had to manually check the tire's actual pressure with a gauge. Thankfully, it was only a little low compared to the other tires, and I didn't see any screws or punctures during a visual inspection. So maybe the cold morning temperature dropped the tire's pressure enough to trip the TPMS. I filled the tire back to spec at a nearby gas station and have been keeping an eye on it. So far, no more warnings.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 22,645 miles

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Sales Figures So Far

December 21, 2009


I haven't seen too many copies of the Hyundai Genesis on the road, but based on sales numbers the car seems to be selling pretty well. As of the end of November, year-to-date sales were 19,535 units*. That's more than the Audi A6 (5,990, including the S6), the Lexus GS (6,367) and the Lincoln MKS (15,387). Better selling competitors include the Acura TL (30,453), BMW 5 Series (36,195) and Chrysler 300 (34,154).

Considering the Genesis is a new model from a brand not well known for premium or luxury cars, I'd guess Hyundai is pretty pleased with the car's success so far.

*EDIT: Editor Sadlier pointed out to me that Hyundai combines sales numbers for the sedan and Genesis Coupe. Therefore, the above 19,535 number can't be directly compared. Should I come across broken-out numbers, I'll make another update.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 21,971 miles

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2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan: Pop! Goes the Hood Latch

November 23, 2009


This is the view that greeted me as I walked up to our 2009 Hyundai Genesis V6 sedan on two separate occasions this weekend.

At first I was mystified. Had I improperly closed the hood after checking the oil? Somewhat confused, I re-shut the hood and went about my business.

Then it happened again. But this time I put two and two together.

Here's what I found...

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Ocean View

November 13, 2009

Over the past few days I've been coming into the office really early and the sky was foggy. But today I left later and the sky was perfectly clear.

I thought I'd share my beautiful ocean view with you. I'm driving the comfy Hyundai Genesis with my '70s mix playing on my iPod, the A/C blowing cold, and of course, the seat heaters at full blast.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Auto door locks

October 26, 2009

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I had our long-term 2009 Hyundai Genesis V6 over the weekend and kept noticing that the doors were unlocked while I was driving.

I like having the doors lock automatically for three reasons:
1. I usually forget to lock them myself
2. I'm used to having the car do it for me since most new vehicles have this feature
3. I don't care for uninvited guests in my vehicle

C'mon Hyundai -- how could you leave this feature out?

It turns out I should never have doubted our Genesis.

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Screen Saver

October 09, 2009

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The layout of the Genesis' display screen has always struck me as being a bit counterintuitive, at least as far as it relates to the radio and HVAC.

Instead of having it be an afterthought at the bottom of the page, I'd rather have the song title be where the "Category" info currently is.

And I'd really like for there to be a full-screen display showing HVAC settings when the climate control is being adjusted. As it stands right now, all you get is is a narrow bar at the top of the screen (shown above) -- as it's presented, the info is kinda hard to read when you're driving.

But these are minor gripes concerning an otherwise pretty stellar car.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Battery Correction

September 29, 2009

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A few notes of correction from the Genesis post from earlier. The battery is in fact located in the trunk, not under the shock tower somewhere.

Also, a negative lead is not necessary to boost another car. Any piece of exposed metal will do the trick, as several commenters have already pointed out. I've boosted cars using my personal car many times, and it has a rear-mounted battery and a front-mounted positive battery terminal. I attach the negative to a fatter-than-usual bolt conveniently placed nearby.

The Genesis' set-up actually makes getting or giving a boost easier since it doesn't matter which way the car is pointing when it dies.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Another pleasant surprise

September 28, 2009

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My personal vehicle's battery discharged over the weekend; I needed a jump.
Lucky for me, I had our long-term 2009 Hyundai Genesis.

Now where's that battery at?

Is this thing going to be difficult?

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Our Favorite Caption

September 25, 2009


Thanks to sherief for this week's favorite caption.

Here are the others that made us giggle:

Drive it, Relish it! (ergsum)
The competion will have to Ketchup. (ergsum)
Jeremy Clarkson: "So what do they sell here, M3 Drivers?" (lowmilelude)
Ancient Korean proverb says that too many wieners eaten can give one a multi-link rear suspension. (ergsum)
Dog-length buns and bun-length seats: a necessary combination. (eidolways)
That's one way to improve your gas mileage. (altimadude00)
The Genesis visits the CNG refilling station. (altimadude00)
Seoul Food (ergsum)
GI Tract testing of the Genesis. (stpawyfrmdonut)
Genesis owners are not impressed with the quality of the local Hyundai dealership. (dougtheeng)
When I said fill up with gas... (mnorm1)
Yes, as a matter of fact, my first name is Oscar. (mnorm1)
So, this is entry level luxury (mnorm1)

What was your favorite?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: You Write the Caption

September 25, 2009


Test Driver Josh Jacquot sent me this photo from his trip in the 2009 Hyundai Genesis.

We suggest: Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Hyundai

What's your caption?

We'll post our favorite at 4:00 PM.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Answers

September 23, 2009

You can find the questions in the Open Thread. Here are the answers:

@wasabi911: Very quiet. The acoustic laminated glass, the padded leather dash, the tight seams all contribute to its quietness. Even the engine doesn't intrude much on the peace of the cabin.

@dbt: rear headroom is 37.7 inches. I'm only 5'4" so I can't really speak for the tall guys. I haven't heard any of them complain. I'll ask one of the six-footers to get back there and take a photo.

@altimadude00: The suspension feels a little strange to me but not harsh. It's definitely a comfortable ride. Read Dan's suspension walkaround for more info.

@line3: We lost a bit of paint when the Genesis got scuffed up back in March. But we haven't had any problems other than that. Highway ride is very pleasant. Smooth, quiet, comfortable with lots of luxury features. Strangely, I've never had anyone ask me about it. But people seem to ask Chris about it often.

@allenr13: Our car has the optional $4,000 technology package that adds the high-end audio system. I don't have a good ear for the differences between audio systems. But everyone else on the team seems to thinks it's first-rate.

Donna DeRosa, Managinge Editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: ULEV The Good Life

September 22, 2009

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Check out the Hyundai's 3.8-liter V6 without it's big plastic engine cover. It's hideous. Might be the ugliest engine I've ever seen. Well, it's in the top five anyway.

Damn shame, this is one heck of an engine. Smooth, quiet, powerful, efficient and it is ULEV certified (check photo on the next page), which stands for Ultra Low Emission Vehicle. ULEV vehicles emits 50% less than other current models, and it's a great way to shut people up at dinner parties.

"Hey Scott, saw your big luxury sedan outside. You obviously don't care about the environment like the rest of us golf obsessed droids. You should have gotten a Prius like Bob, Jack, Jim, Larry, Ed, Mike, Burt and I."

"No thanks Tom. I'll keep my Genesis, it's an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle just like Ed's wife's Honda Odyssey and the Accord your wife drives."

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Open Thread

September 22, 2009

What do you want to know about the 2009 Hyundai Genesis V6?

Have your driven one? Sat in one? Want to buy one?

Write your questions and reviews in the comments section.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6 Sedan: Suspension Walkaround

September 02, 2009


I've been sitting on the photos of the 2009 Hyundai Genesis V6 sedan suspension walkaround for a week because I wanted to put them up about the same time as those of a 2009 Hyundai Genesis Coupe V6.

From the name similarity, some might figure that the two share a chassis. But that assumption turns out to be bogus. There are some humungous differences within these fenders.

About all I can conclude from this exercise is this: The common thread that links the two Genesis products in the Hyundai lineup is rear-wheel drive.

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Everywhere

August 27, 2009


Over the past few days, I've noticed a lot of Genesis sedans on the road, so I decided to do some research. Turns out the Genesis has indeed been selling pretty well (over 2,000 models were sold in July), and the Hyundai brand in general has been moving product like crazy.

Edmunds AutoObserver reported that Hyundai and Ford have been the biggest winners in that razzle-dazzle sales spectacular known as Cash for Clunkers. Hyundai/Kia's August sales are expected to show a 63 percent increase relative to August 2008. August 2009 market share is expected to come in at 9.3 percent, compared to August 2008's 5.3 percent.

How many of you would trade in your current ride for a Hyundai or a Ford?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Can it take down the Acura TL?

August 25, 2009

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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?

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Woof

August 20, 2009

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We rolled to lunch this week in our long-term 2009 Hyundai Genesis V6 and caught this guy enjoying the SoCal sunshine.

What does this pooch and our Genesis' rear seat have in common? They're both big puppies!

Albert Austria, Senior Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 14,500 miles

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Say Hello To My Little Friend

August 12, 2009


This is the kind of thing you find in Wyoming. If you know where to look.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: The Utah Plains, Trunk Trouble, Etc...

August 12, 2009


Did you know that Utah has opened up "test sections" of Interstate 15 with an 80-mph speed limit? Neither did I until last week. Here is my favorite shot from the trip -- the Utah plains from the cockpit of the Genesis. The Escort performed perfectly as we covered 2,501 miles at a reasonable pace with no tickets. Plus, with an 80-mph speed limit, there's hardly any need to go much faster than that.

This post will mark the beggining of a few reports from the trip.

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Suspended Animation

July 29, 2009


Let me preface this post by saying that I really like the Hyundai Genesis sedan.

But every time I drive it, I can't help notice there is something a little off about its suspension.

I can't put my finger on it. It's not that it's too soft or too stiff. It handles bumps well and when taking a corner, I think it's going to mush over but then it holds itself up.

There's something unnatural about the way it feels. It's like Hyundai made it soft and then added something to it later to hold it up. Is it my imagination?

It's not enough to keep me from wanting to own one someday.

Perhaps I can convince Dan to do a suspension walkaround and solve the mystery.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Another Road Trip

July 29, 2009


This shot was taken on the NorCal road trip a few weeks ago, but tomorrow morning I'll be loading the Genesis similarly for a ten-day road trip to Wyoming. I'll update our progress as often as possible, but with WiFi hotspots about as common as stop-and-go traffic in the Cowboy State, I don't expect many opportunities.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Found That Trunk Release!

July 28, 2009


Yesterday I posted about our 2009 Hyundai Genesis' lack of rear trunk release, and several of you kind commenters came forth to set me straight.

This morning I asked IL news correspondent and quasi-independent-third-party Mike Lysaght to verify or strike-down my perceived stupidity.

Sheepishly, Lysaght returned from the garage with photographic proof confirming my mistake.

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Can't Find What's Missing

July 27, 2009


I spent the weekend driving our long-term 2009 Hyundai Genesis, determined to find a luxury feature that the Korean sedan does not have.

Heated and cooled seats, check. Distance to empty, check. iPod connection, check. Rear backup camera, check. Every where I looked it was check, check, check.

Until I stopped at the gas station this morning before heading to the car wash.

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Anybody Hear Banjos?

July 09, 2009


Physics. You just can't beat physics. Which is why, after the video crew appropriated the absolutely-perfect-for-the-job (not to mention huge) Ford Flex I had intended to take on this week's trip to the mountains, I'm left hearing banjos. In the Hyundai Genesis.

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You Guessed It

July 03, 2009


Why am I always surprised that you guess these so easily? Yes, the Stig was standing in the trunk of the 2009 Hyundai Genesis.

With 16.0 cubic feet of cargo space, he has plenty of room for all his top gear.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

P.S. Is it just me or does the Stig look a little like the White Ranger?

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Where Did I Park It Again?

June 26, 2009


I had to leave our Hyundai Genesis at the airport for a couple days. Upon my return, I was momentarily confused by the adjacent silver Lexus LS460. Other than their front grilles, the two cars looked surprisingly similar next to each other.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2009 Hyundai Genesis or 2009 BMW 750i?

May 28, 2009


Mike Schmidt just handed me the clipboard. "What do you want to drive tonight and for the weekend?" he asked.

Well, last night I drove our long-term BMW 750i. And I thought about just keeping it until Monday because I need a large sedan on Saturday for some family business. But wait, our long-term Hyundai Genesis V6 is available? I'll take that.

No I'm not kidding, I really did it. I just swapped the key to a $90,000 BMW for the key to a Hyundai. Why? Because the Genesis is that good.

What would you have done?

Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Crash Test Videos

May 07, 2009

Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief

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2009 Hyundai Genesis: Back on the Road

April 22, 2009


We delivered our Hyundai Genesis to Burke's Auto Body in Long Beach after its unfortunate run-in with an inanimate object the other week. After 7 days of surgery we were told the Genesis was ready for pick-up. It would have been back in our hands sooner but the trim piece we so deftly mangled required some extra love.

Welcome back, Hyundai Genesis.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 6,014 miles

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2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: 3-2-1 Contact

April 03, 2009


Our loaded 2009 Hyundai Genesis is equipped with front and rear parking sensors.

I like parking sensors a lot and trust them more than back-up cameras.

With the back-up camera, the view is distorted and it's difficult to get a true sense of an object's range -- is that thing I might hit near? Or far?

The proper way to use the back-up camera is to first verify that there is nothing under your bumper (like sleeping children), then proceed to look out the back window. As pretty as it looks, you're not supposed to stare at the display screen during the reverse maneuver.

But with parking sensors, you just go about normal backing-up. And when you're about to nail something, you are warned -- then you FREEZE. Now you can check the display and re-check your surroundings.

The Genesis system has a nice display with 3 lines around the front or rear bumpers that appear then decrease to 3-2-1 lines as you get closer to your object of non-desire.

There is also an auditory alert that beeps with increasing frequency until it is constant-on, signaling impending doom.

It works great. That is, when it's On.

You see, the Genesis system is defeatable, as I unfortunately found out last weekend.

I didn't notice the sensors were off until afterwards. Apparently, another Edmunds staffer found the system annoying and defeated it with the switch near the driver's knee.

Yeah, the Genesis parking sensors (4 front, 4 rear) will alert on pedestrians too, but even still, I always like to have the system on. Just in case...

Here's the thing: drivers are not infallible. Whether they work at Edmunds or not.

And we care about our cars, just like you. Some of us operate in an urban jungle with a lot of hazards, driving many miles.

And like you -- we're human: we make mistakes, we are sometimes careless, we are sometimes tired, and we even "look but don't see".

So as long as we don't rely on parking sensors without regard to common sense, technologies like these can be helpful to alert even experienced drivers.

Now if you will excuse us -- we have to schedule that appointment with the body shop.

Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Eval Engineer @ 5790 miles

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