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Hyundai shoots far above its economy car roots with the Genesis, a car that has been much-anticipated since it was shown at last year's auto shows.
Back to 2009 Hyundai Genesis review.
Hiding its identity, Hyundai leaves the H badge off the front of the car.
The fact that Hyundai was building a big V-8 got the attention of the automotive press. This engine puts out 375 horsepower and gets the car to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.
The Genesis' styling lets it fit comfortably among Lexus and Mercedes-Benz models. It's not stunning, but generally looks unoffensive.
The Genesis damps out most road jolts well enough, but you can feel the harder hits.
The Genesis is a little more bold from the back, proclaiming its big engine with twin exhausts, and sporting a large H badge.
The cabin looks amazingly good, with metal switchgear and leather along the dashboard.
Buttons on the steering wheel are well-designed, easy to manipulate without getting in the way of driving.
The gauges have a clean look, and the center display contains useful information.
The shifter controls a six-speed automatic. The car's application controller sits just below that, and moves similar to BMW's iDrive controller.
We were very impressed by the map resolution in the navigation system.
The navigation system integrates traffic information, such as flow and incidents, but doesn't dynamically route around bad traffic.
The oval track for entering letters and digits is an interesting design, and works well.
Impressively, the Genesis has an HD radio receiver, and can navigate multicasts.
The iPod interface is excellent, letting you browse artists, albums, and genres.
The Lexicon stereo system uses 17 speakers and pumps out 525 watts. It produces top audio quality.
Along with CDs, the six-disc changer also plays DVD movies.
The phone integration in the Genesis is fairly basic, requiring you to manually enter phone book information.