2009 Hyundai Genesis User Reviews

2009 Hyundai Genesis Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2009 Hyundai Genesis against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

2009 Hyundai Genesis vs:

    Have you driven a 2009 Hyundai Genesis?  
    Rank This Car

    User Reviews

    View reviews where users commented on categories.

    Clear selections

    Displaying 11 - 13 of 13 2009 Hyundai Genesis reviews.

    2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6L Review
    Back Seats:
    Cargo Capacity:
    Family Car:
    Fuel Economy:
    Front Seats:
    Handling:
    Maintenance Cost:
    Price:
    Power:
    Reliability:
    Looks/Style:
    Overall:
    75

    2009 Genesis (4.6l W/ Tech) — Let's get the not-so-good out of the way first: This is easily the largest car I've ever owned, and it feels every bit of it. While it is very comfortable and more than spacious enough for myself, my wife and 2 kids (3 & 9), it lumbers down the interstate like a barge. Putting the pedal to the floor either sends it off on its way (at a respectable clip for such a large car) or leaves it to ponder what it's next move is. Usually the latter. When trying to shoot gaps while merging or simply trying to get out of the way of yourself...the "always on" traction control will try it's best to bounce your face off the steering wheel as it cuts fuel and aggressively clamps the brakes. Unless you pull the fuse, the traction control is not going anywhere, regardless of whether or not you "turned it off" with the button. The 6speed auto trans, in general, leaves a bit to desire. It certainly isn't smooth with it's shifts (up or down) at partial throttle. Unless you are already traveling at/near hwy speeds, a WOT application causes the car great panic. Either downshifting too far only to hold redline longer than necessary, not doing anything...AND THEN downshifting too far and holding redline longer than necessary, not downshifting at all, actually applying the power only to instantly stifle it with esc/tc, or any combination of those. However, for those 60-80mph WOT runs, it is pretty smooth and moderately quick for such a large car. My 2009 has been in the shop twice in the past 6 months. The first visit was because a wheel sensor went out. That caused my Nav, ABS, & traction control to stop working. Also during that visit the dealer addressed the steering wheel which would no longer raise (tilt up). All of which was covered under warranty. The second visit was to look at an intermittent problem with the power seat (drivers) where it would not move forward at all. Unfortunately, the dealer was unable to replicate the issue so nothing was done. It still happens occasionally. There are other random issues that pop up here and there. The audio will completely cut out for about 3-5 seconds, and then fade in, regardless of what input you are listening to (DVD, MP3 player, CD, XM, FM). The Nav screen sometimes doesn't turn on at all when starting the car. This requires you to shut off/restart and all is well again. A more recent one (has only happened once, so far) is that upon starting, the ESC light is on and the shifter will not slot over in order to be shifted out of park. I can feel it being physically obstructed by something. Shutting off/restarting "fixed" it. And, for a big PITA... The key fob system (keyless ignition/entry) is far from user friendly. The car usually has a very hard time recognizing the fob in such far away places as...the armrest on the door, or the center console. The fob rarely unlocks/locks the doors but is ALWAYS recognized enough where I can use the "open trunk" button on the actual trunk (not the button on the fob). I have replaced batteries and this still happens (I tried to have the dealership address this when I first visited them, but they could not replicate the issue). It is especially true during cold/Winter months. On to some good (finally!): Again, this is a large car. It's heavy and it has a huge gas tank (20gal) to feed that 4.6L V8. However, I get a constant and respectable 20.4 - 20.6mpg combined (more stop/go than go). It is spendy to fill 17-18 gallons of gas, however...even just using 87 oct. I have the tech package which includes a 550 watt, 17 speaker surround system with NAV and a 6-disc in-dash CD/DVD changer (although you can't watch DVD's while the car is in motion). The sound system is simply fantastic. It works fine for MP3's but you'll want to get some lossless files (non-compressed) to truly appreciate it. The NAV system is fairly cumbersome, but works well provided you can input the proper destination...which isn't to say doing so is hard; just that the steps aren't necessarily in a logical order. The Bluetooth integration works fairly well and the call/sound quality is certainly better than other BT systems I've been on the other end of. My experience with this, however, is limited. The car is certainly roomy, but the seats are also very comfortable. The heated seats REALLY warm your legs/butt/back, to the point most people usually turn it off of 3 (the highest setting) to 1 after about 3-5 minutes. The cooled driver's seat doesn't cool nearly as well as it heats, but it does make a difference, nonetheless. The leather interior has shown to be fairly resilient to what my dog (great dane) and kids (3 & 9) have thrown at it. The bottom line: This is a lot of car for the money. It has modest tech for a full-size luxury car of the same year, but when you factor in price it has no equal. The sound system that comes with the tech package is one of the best factory systems out there, of any brand. The car is a great long distance runner. It doesn't do sprints or hurdles worth a damn, but if you accept it for what it is (a huge, powerful, soft, comfortable, people mover) you should be more than happy to accept the minor quirks (although they may infuriate you over time, most are still minor things). All told, I'm not sure I can find a large car that offers more, for the money. But I'll likely look for that car when the time comes. UPDATE (7/9/14): I've owned the car for a few years now. I've added a Borla Cat-Back exhaust and a K&N air-filter. The CBE sounds terrific, although the car is all bark-no bite. Adding the exhaust forced me to use the shiftable automatic, however. If you don't plan on shifting the car yourself, I would not recommend an aftermarket exhaust...as the car will chug along in a high gear at low speeds, creating a great deal of drone. Leaving the vehicle in a lower gear and keeping the rpm's up maintains a very nice crackle of exhaust. There are plenty of youtube vids of the borla setup. Thoughts on the car, as of now...a few recalls here and there, but no electronic/mechanical failures of any kind yet. Very solid car for the money. Can't say that enough. Again, it would be GREAT if traction control was fully switchable. Not to do doughnuts or burnouts, but just to be able to drive the car without the thing cutting fuel and throwing you forward as it lurches around. maddening. As much car as this is for the money, I don't think I'll be back for the new model (or even a 5.0R-Spec). It's a really good car, and still looks good (IMO) after 5 years and a good deal of modernizing among automaker designs of recent years...but I'll be trying a different brand of large car with sport/luxury after this. Hopefully, the sport, however much is there, is actually usable.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Large, Comfortable, Huge Trunk, Decent Power, Decent MPG (considering), great sound system, good brakes, looks good (for a Hyundai circa 2009, especially)

    Cons: Trans can be clunky at times, poor handling (car is huge and heavy), weight, low on power (considering size), can't disable Traction Control, Traction Control much more of a bother when trying to navigate heavy city traffic, numerous electrical glitches, key fobs often infuriating

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
    Is this helpful? Yes | No
    Genesis

    Looking for a Used Genesis in your area?

    CarGurus has 2,937 nationwide Genesis listings starting at $4,495.

    ZIP:
    2009 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L Review
    Back Seats:
    Cargo Capacity:
    Family Car:
    Fuel Economy:
    Front Seats:
    Handling:
    Maintenance Cost:
    Price:
    Power:
    Reliability:
    Looks/Style:
    Overall:
    25

    It Only Costs How Much? — I really like the body style and overall size of the car. It is so spacious. Overwhelmingly loaded with standard features that only come as extras in other luxury vehicles. I wish there was more wood grained trim in the interior.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Elegant exterior. Stylish interior. Powerful motor.

    Cons: Does not have the highest quality leather. Also has other inexpensive interior parts.

    Is this review helpful? Yes | No
    2009 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L Review
    says:
    5
    luxury car with lots of room and power!
    Cargo Capacity Ranked 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LS worse.
    "more truck space"
    Family Car Ranked 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LS worse.
    "more room"

    Displaying 11 - 13 of 13 2009 Hyundai Genesis reviews.

    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 Hyundai Genesis Reviews

    very good car for the money and a very good waranty,i havent had the car for a long time but it looks promising, the color is a beige they call it beige marrkesh, and the interior is a two tone beige Read More

    2012 Hyundai Genesis Reviews

    Genesis R-spec By Matthew

    The performance of the car is stellar. Once you drive the Genesis R-Spec nothing else will compare. Strong acceleration on tap. Emergency auto braking kicked in on the 405 freeway one day - avoided an... Read More

    Great Car ! By nlemarquand

    Luxury and sport, cost is minimum to maintain and takes regular fuel. With car prices soaring the way they are , this is a lot of car for the money ! Would not hesitate buying another Hyundai at all ... Read More

    2011 Hyundai Genesis Reviews

    Great Car For The Price By kellyNat

    love the strong acceleration - while at the same time miserly fuel economy. BMW, Mercedes can't match the technology. Doors sound solid as a rock when closing. Quiet, luxurious ride. Confident and s... Read More

    First-class Car. A Dream On Wheels. By Kipedits

    My friends, my family, my kids' friends, total strangers -- they all comment on how beautiful this car is and how spacious and comfortable it is on the inside. Built with precision and excellence in ... Read More

    2010 Hyundai Genesis Reviews

    Awesome Car For A Hyundai By Chris

    Hyundai has come a long way since the 80's. This car is comparable to the Lincoln Town Car as far as quality, space, ride and size. This has a slightly smaller wheel base than the Lincoln and smaller ... Read More

    Buy One By johnbomarito

    Fun to drive at thousands less than a comparable car. Flawless quality. An interior with true craftsmanship touches and a killer Lexicon (optional) sound system. Surprisingly good mileage 18-22 blende... Read More

    Cars compared to 2009 Hyundai GenesisPeople researching a 2009 Hyundai Genesis contacted a dealer about

    Genesis

    Looking for a Used Genesis in your area?

    CarGurus has 2,937 nationwide Genesis listings starting at $4,495.

    ZIP:
    Have you driven a 2009 Hyundai Genesis?  
    Rank Your Car →