November 27, 2009
On Tuesday morning at 6 AM, in the dark, I climbed behind the wheel of our long-term 2009 Hyundai Genesis and headed north to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. I was to arrive by noon to watch Dodge's Viper Team attempt to break the track record for production cars, which they did.
I drove back the very next morning.
That's a 600 mile round trip of interstate in 24 hours. Not nuts. But not exactly the kind of trip you want to take in a Smart Fortwo. No, the right car is key.
I chose the Genesis very carefully.
This is the second road trip I've taken in our Genesis. The first was a family ski run to Mammoth Mountain last March. This one to Monterey was just as enjoyable.
I literally have no complains about this wonderful sedan. Good seat comfort, smooth ride, good mileage (nearly 26 mpg), long range (over 400 miles), an easy to use navigation system, excellent visibility and more than enough passing power, even on the truck heavy and hilly Route 46, the 50 miles stretch of two-lane that connects Interstate 5 with California Highway 101.
I chose the right car for the trip. And I'd choose it again without hesitation.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief
November 23, 2009
Oops! Our 2009 Hyundai Genesis V6 sedan quietly passed it's 20,000th birthday, but we didn't so much as buy it a card.
Sorry about that.
The Genesis crossed this threshold a week or so before it's 10-month anniversary, so it stands a good chance of eclipsing 24 or 25 thousand miles before its year is up, especially with the holidays coming up. This comfortable cruiser is sure to be on the short list of those with long year-end drives.
So far, the big Genesis sedan has lived up to EPA MPG expectations, achieving a 21.2 mpg lifetime average over that distance. The EPA combined rating is 21 mpg. It's best single tank of 28.5 mpg bests the EPA highway rating of 27 mpg.
Can it do better on a long holiday drive? We'll find out in a few weeks.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 20,238 miles
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.
August 17, 2009
"That's the new Hyundai, right"
"Yeah, it is."
"How do you like it?"
"I like it a lot."
"Can I have a look?"
And so it went all weekend long: at the super market, at the car wash, and in my own driveway. In retrospect, I think I get this line of questioning more often in this car than any other car in our fleet. Sure, we get thumbs-up when we're driving the Nissan GT-R and spontaneous street racing challenges when we drive the Evo(s), but nothing, past or present seems to elicit questions and genuine interest like our 2009 Hyundai Genesis does?
Does anybody ask you about your car? I doubt it.
Oh, and hit the jump to see what an empty freeway at 5:00a.m. can do for "reported" fuel economy.
July 14, 2009
In case you missed it yesterday, our Hyundai Genesis hit 10,000 miles last weekend. And we didn't run out of fuel.
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor
July 14, 2009
Covering 1,427.7 miles at an average consumption of 21.9 miles per gallon, the Genesis treated us right between Socal and Norcal and back this week. Fuel economy jumped to 23.1 mpg on the more open stretches of the 5 freeway. And remember, that's with the rack fully loaded.