• (4.6) 45 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,316$16,664
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 21-22
  • Engine: 290-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2009 Hyundai Genesis

Our Take on the 2009 Hyundai Genesis

Our Take

Hyundai's new Genesis full-size sedan takes aim at established luxury cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class with its rear-wheel-drive layout, available V-8 power and upscale features. Competitive pricing should enhance the Genesis' appeal when it hits dealerships in summe... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Ride may be too firm for some
  • Tilt-only steering wheel in base model
  • Backseat doesn't fold
  • No AWD option
  • Popular features locked in pricey packages
  • Faux-silver dash buttons

Notable Features

  • Rear-wheel-drive platform
  • V-6 or Hyundai's first V-8
  • Eight airbags
  • Stability system
  • Available multifunction control knob

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

With more bells and whistles than I could count, the 2009 Hyundai Genesis appeared to be a knight in shining armor...at first. I swooned over the automatic tilting/telescoping steering wheel. My heart melted when I adjusted the ultra comfy, heated leather seats and then skipped a beat when I noticed the automatic sunscreen shading my rear passengers. The equally impressive yet subtle exterior l... Read full review for the 2009 Hyundai Genesis

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Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 45 reviews

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A Surprised Convert ... Best Luxury for $

by New Hyundai Convert from Providence, RI on August 5, 2010

I've owned the Genesis 3.8 for over a year and, having owned Volvo's, Audi's, Saab's, and driven a host of other so-called Luxury sedans, there is not a SINGLE luxury car in the $40K+ range I would ra... Read Full Review

2 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Hyundai Genesis 3.8

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Hyundai Genesis 3.8

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Hyundai Genesis 3.8

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Hyundai Genesis 3.8

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

60mo/60,000mi

Powertrain

120mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/unlimited

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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