From the Detroit auto show, Cars.com's Mike Hanley takes a look at the 2009 Hyundai Genesis.
(upbeat music) Hi, I'm Mike Hanley with Cars.com and I'm here at the Detroit Auto Show with the Hyundai Genesis.
It's a new rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan from Hyundai, that's the automakers bid to be considered in the same light with Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes. The Genesis is a big rear-wheel-drive sedan, and it draws some styling influences from Lexus, as you can see in its headlights right here. And the grill design is interesting because Hyundai is testing two designs right now at the Auto Show. One has the H logo like this model here, and they have another model on the floor that doesn't have the Hyundai logo. They're seeing which one people like, and that could influence which one they go with. The Genesis is going to be available with three engines. There's a 3.3 liter V6, a 3.8 liter V6, and the top of the line engine is a 4.6 liter V8. And Hyundai says, with the V8 engine, it can go from zero to 60 in less than six seconds. Inside the Genesis features upscale features of standard equipment, it has standard Bluetooth, standard iPod connectivity, soft-touch dash that can be equipped with leather. And it has upscale control systems that some people may or may not like. If you're not a fan of iDrive, you may not like this one here because it acts just like it. And it's used to control the optional navigation system that this car can have. Rear-seat passengers get pretty good space in the Genesis, and it has standard side-impact airbags. And those are part of the total of eight airbags in this car. Also has an available rear sunshade, which is another upscale touch. Genesis has a pretty large trunk, you can see here, it has a wide opening so it's easy to get in bags. One of the things that we don't really like about is that there's a rear speaker that hangs down low, so that could get in the way if you're putting in a lot of luggage. But otherwise, there's nothing really impeding or getting in the way of laying things flat on the floor. The Genesis goes on sale this summer and Hyundai expects transaction prices for the car, on average, to be about $30,000. But we'll have to see whether it has the cache luxury buyers expect <v Announcer>For additional information on this car or any other, go to Cars.com and our blog, "KickingTires."