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Avg. Price Paid: $14,376 - $16,735
Original MSRP: $32,250 - $37,250
MPG: 18 City / 27 Hwy
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2009 Hyundai Genesis Interior

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The 2009 Hyundai Genesis has an exceptionally comfortable interior, with well-thought-out ergonomics. It doesn't overwhelm drivers with buttons, but it does offer technologies competitive with the best luxury sedans...and in at least one case, it moves the bar higher.

  • "Inside the cabin, the 2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 V8 is outfitted like a true luxury sedan. Spacious, richly appointed and fully decked out with a comprehensive list of convenience features, this Hyundai looks and feels very much like a top-line Lexus." -- Edmunds
  • "Nowhere are the Genesis's luxury intentions more clear than in the cockpit. From the driver's seat, customers are greeted with tight tolerances, chrome accents, and numerous soft-touch materials, including a leather-wrapped dash, a feature usually reserved for much more expensive vehicles." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The passenger cabin of the Genesis "is good enough to be judged against estab­lished luxury marques. High-gloss wood accents are plentiful, and every version ex­cept the base V-6-equipped car comes with a leather-wrapped dash. Standard items include keyless entry and ignition, heated seats, XM satellite radio, iPod and USB au­dio integration, and Bluetooth phone connectivity." -- Car and Driver
  • "Inside this 5-seater, the amount of space is remarkable, with more than abundant head and leg room both front and rear. Four folks who are 6 ft 4 in. can sit quite comfortably in the car, and all it takes is one look to see that Hyundai has considerably upped the luxury quotient with the Genesis." -- Road and Track
  • "Inside, the Genesis also plays to widespread notions of luxury, with a big sweep of an S-class-inspired dash, pleasingly lit instruments, and substantial, cushy seats astride a center console with a BMW iDrive-style spinning knob sprouting from it. There are lots of hits in here, plus a few misses."  -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Even at...very high-speeds, the time and money spent tuning out NVH was apparent-there was very little noise intrusion inside the cocoon-like cockpit of this quiet sedan." -- Popular Mechanics

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Seating

The seats of the 2009 Hyundai Genesis offers two levels of comfort. The standard leather seats are class-competitive, while the optional upgraded leather seats are superb.

  • "it's easy to get comfortable inside the Genesis. Leather is everywhere - wrapped around the seats, steering wheel, door panels and even the dashboard. The seats are snug and supportive, and feature both heating and cooling." -- Road and Track
  • "The leather is soft and comfortable, doubly so in the V-8 versions with their 'ultra-premium' cowhides, which really do feel Lexus-soft." -- Autobytel
  • "On an unseasonably warm April day, my fiance was jealous that her seat didn't have the cooling feature like mine." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The front seats are comfortable, but sit up higher than we'd prefer and they don't have all that many adjustments for a car with this level of luxury. Getting in and out is easy. The rear center passenger will also have to deal with the driveshaft hump as well as a seat hump, but four passengers should ride with ease." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The seats are as comfortable as they appear, although they lack the kind of firm, highly bolstered Germanic treatment a sport sedan enthusiast might enjoy." -- Edmunds
  • "Non-slip perforated leather seats are like easy chairs for the long haul...The rear seat holds three but the one in the middle has to straddle the drivetrain hump in the floor. Plus, headroom back there can be tight for 6 footers." -- Chicago Tribune
  • " Inside, we found ourselves enveloped by the cushy perforated leather seats." -- Popular Mechanics

Interior Features

The 2009 Hyundai Genesis offers a fairly intuitive arrangement of electronics and a few thoughtful touches, like a power sun shade for the rear window. A few small details that went ignored, however, puzzle reviewers. For instance, the driver's seat is heated and cooled, but the passenger's seat is only heated.

  • "The interior's quite plush, filled with NASA-level doodads like a hard disk-drive-based navigation system complete with voice recognition, gadgets like Bluetooth connectivity and doohickeys like a USB/iPod connector and the well-bred Lexicon Logic 7 audio system." -- Jalopnik
  • "Fit and finish and material quality are very good, both in the plastics and in the standard leather seating. Tradition dominates in the Genesis cabin, as there is no aluminum or aluminum-look trim." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Hyundai has taken pains to make sure the Genesis is as quiet as it is roomy-another page from the Lexus playbook." -- Car and Driver
  • "The soft curves of the sweeping dashboard are complemented by an elegantly adorned center stack with numerous climate and audio controls, many of which have more driver-friendly counterparts either on the steering wheel or by the multimedia controller on the center console." -- Edmunds
  • "A textured finish for the dash, instrument panel and door trim, along with the seat stitching, give the cabin a rich look. Other nice touches include release buttons for the spacious trunk and gas cap in the driver's door, visors with mirrors and parking pass or gas credit card holders, power plug in the dash as well as a power plug/USB outlet and coin holder under the center armrest." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The center console flows smoothly, almost spaceship-like, into the dash, beckoning us to touch the techy gadgetry (Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, hard-disk drive nav system and full control of an iPod through the head unit)." -- Popular Mechanics

Stereo and Entertainment

There are two 2009 vehicles for sale in the United States that can be equipped with audio systems by high-end stereomaker Lexicon. One is the Rolls Royce Phantom. The other is the Hyundai Genesis. The system, available as part of an option package, includes an impressive 17 speakers.

  • "In another extreme measure to challenge the luxury market, Genesis has even matched the Rolls Royce Phantom as the only other car to offer a Lexicon-branded audio system featuring Logic 7 technology. The surround sound audio system includes an 11-channel digital amplifier and 17 speakers producing more than 500 watts of sound in 7.1 discrete audio." -- Detroit News
  • "The audio system easily competes with those found in much more expensive vehicles." -- Sound Domain
  • "Starting with a state-of-the-art Lexicon audio system, the Genesis offers an extraordinary combination of technology, deluxe touches and plain old value." -- New York Daily News

Cargo

The Genesis offers 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is competitive with the largest trunks in this class. Curiously, its rear seats don't fold down to increase cargo space -- a feature that is now taken for granted even on far less refined cars.

  • "The trunk is deep, with 15.9 cubic feet of cargo room, but it is a bit compromised by the lack of split folding rear seats. Hyundai opted against them for structural reasons. For some, this may be a deal breaker, but at least a rear pass-through is provided." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The trunk is large, with a low liftover and sheathed hinges, but the interior grab handle for pulling the lid closed is mounted too far inward, making it awkward to use. And the cheap trunk lining is old-school Hyundai; surely they noticed the richly trimmed trunks in the cars they benchmarked?" -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Pop the trunk, and check out some of the very smart engineering decisions like plastic-coated hood hinges," however, "In the trunk, the backs of the rear-seat shelf speakers hang exposed and naked with carpet loosely covering the NVH foam-coated floor." -- Popular Mechanics

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