GENESIS G80 REVIEW

In this era of crossover SUVs, the Genesis G80 3.8 sedan is still worth a look

By Alan Rider

AAA World Article

In an era when the crossover SUV is all the rage, the Genesis G80 3.8 sedan is still worth a look. Value and luxury are two words you don’t often hear in the same sentence—except maybe where the Genesis G80 is concerned. If you’ve been shopping around for a midsize luxury sedan, the G80’s reasonable price tag may be what draws you in. See it in person, however, and its host of other good qualities will likely seal the deal.

Topping that list is the posh interior’s hushed ambiance and top-quality materials. As with all of the brand’s offerings, there’s also a long list of standard amenities. Though the standard 311-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 isn’t destined to burn up the road, I found that this powertrain delivers more than adequate performance. Those who desire more will find it in the new the 365-horsepower Sport model or the available 420-horsepower V8 version.

While handling is not the G80’s strong suit, it never fails to feel predictable and planted. Instead, the suspension is tuned for comfort rather than speed, giving the G80 the ability to glide serenely over even the most pockmarked pavement.

Figure in a handsome exterior, top crash-test scores and a 10-year/10,000-mile powertrain warranty, and the Genesis G80 is a rare luxury car that’s also a good value.

Strengths

  • Priced thousands less than comparable models
  • Rides like a luxury car should
  • Complimentary maintenance includes valet service.

Weaknesses

  • Definitely not a sport sedan
  • So-so fuel economy
  • Limited rear-seat headroom

Bottom Line

If there’s such a thing as a bargain luxury car, the G80 is it.

Pricing

Base Price: $41,750

As Tested: $42,725 

Safety

NHTSA: Overall: 5 Star (top rating); Front: 5 Star; Side: 5 Star

IIHS: Small Overlap Front/Moderate Overlap Front: Good (top rating); Side: Good

MPG (city/highway) 

18/26 (rear-wheel drive)

18/24 (all-wheel drive)

Interesting Technology

Head-up display; multiple cameras give 360-degree surround-view.

Also Consider

Audi A6; BMW 5-Series

This car review originally appeared in the January/February 2019