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Friday, August 22, 2008

2009 Hyundai Genesis

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The 2009 Hyundai Genesis is this Korean automaker's first rear-wheel drive vehicle. This large car also marks the debut of Hyundai's first available V8 engine. Genesis is about 6 inches longer in wheelbase and 3 inches longer overall than Hyundai's Azera midsize sedan.

Genesis offers two engines: a 290-hp 3.8-liter V6; and a 375-hp 4.6-liter V8. Both engines team with a 6-speed automatic transmission that has a manual shift gate. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, front side airbags, and rear side airbags. Among the available features are heated and cooled driver seat, wireless cell phone link, a navigation system with hard drive for storing digital music files, rearview camera, and front- and rear-obstacle detection.

Genesis has a knob in the center console that governs audio, navigation, and other functions. Adaptive cruise control will be available later in the model year. This evaluation is based on preview test drives.