2009 Hyundai Genesis sedan most awarded car of 2009

The 2009 Hyundai Genesis sedan winning the 2009 North American Car of the Year award marked the first time a Korean brand has ever achieved the award. However, the Genesis refused to stop there earning more than 20 top honors from media outlets and automotive organizations in North America. In fact, that makes the Hyundai Genesis sedan the most honored car of the 2009 model year.

“As the awards accumulated, we realized not only how well designed the Genesis was, but how far the Hyundai brand had come,” saidĀ Scott Margason, director of Product & Strategic Planning for Hyundai. “Consumers and automotive industry influencers really embraced the idea of Hyundai producing a luxury product.”

The entry-level 2009 Hyundai Genesis is powered by a 290-hp 3.8L V6 while the top-range Genesis carries a 375-hp 4.6L V8. Prices start atĀ $32,250 and max out at $42,000 for a fully loaded Genesis

Click through to see the Genesis’ list of award.

2009 Hyundai Genesis:

2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Awards:

1. 2009 North America Car of the Year
2. Motor Trend – America’s Top 40 New Cars
3. J.D. Power and Associates – Automotive, Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) – Most appealing midsize premium car
4. J.D. Power and Associates – Vehicle Launch Index (VLI) – Highest ranked 2009 all-new or redesigned vehicle
5. The Car Book 2009 – Best Bet (intermediate category)
6. About.com – Best New Car
7. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance – Best New Model (sedans $30,000-$45,000)
8. NADAguides.com – Car of the Month (April)
9. NADAguides.com – Top 5 Luxury Cars
10. NADAguides.com – Best Car Buy – Top luxury cars under $35,000
11. Autotropolis.com – Car of the Year
12. Cars.com – Car of the Year
13. On Wheels – Car of the Year
14. AutoPacific – Ideal Vehicle Awards – Aspirational Luxury Category
15. AutoPacific -Vehicle Satisfaction Awards – Aspirational Luxury Category
16. Consumer Reports – Top-Rated Vehicle (upscale sedan category)
17. Consumer Digest – Best Buy (luxury segment)
18. MyRide/Autobytel – Car of the Year
19. Ward’s Auto World – 10 Best Engines (4.6 liter Tau V8)
20. Automobile Journalists Association of Canada – Canadian Car of the Year
21. Automobile Journalists Association of Canada – Best New Luxury Vehicle Under $50,000

– By: Stephen Calogera