2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6

Badgeless grille

4.6-liter V-8

Body styling

Ride quality

Posterior statement

Cabin quality

Steering wheel buttons

Instrument cluster

Shifter

High-res maps

Traffic reports

Alpha-numeric entry

HD radio

iPod connectivity

Lexicon stereo

DVD playback

Bluetooth phone system

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.

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Hiding its identity, Hyundai leaves the H badge off the front of the car.

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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.

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The Genesis' styling lets it fit comfortably among Lexus and Mercedes-Benz models. It's not stunning, but generally looks unoffensive.

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The Genesis damps out most road jolts well enough, but you can feel the harder hits.

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The Genesis is a little more bold from the back, proclaiming its big engine with twin exhausts, and sporting a large H badge.

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The cabin looks amazingly good, with metal switchgear and leather along the dashboard.

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Buttons on the steering wheel are well-designed, easy to manipulate without getting in the way of driving.

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The gauges have a clean look, and the center display contains useful information.

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The shifter controls a six-speed automatic. The car's application controller sits just below that, and moves similar to BMW's iDrive controller.

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We were very impressed by the map resolution in the navigation system.

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The navigation system integrates traffic information, such as flow and incidents, but doesn't dynamically route around bad traffic.

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The oval track for entering letters and digits is an interesting design, and works well.

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Impressively, the Genesis has an HD radio receiver, and can navigate multicasts.

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The iPod interface is excellent, letting you browse artists, albums, and genres.

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The Lexicon stereo system uses 17 speakers and pumps out 525 watts. It produces top audio quality.

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Along with CDs, the six-disc changer also plays DVD movies.

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The phone integration in the Genesis is fairly basic, requiring you to manually enter phone book information.

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