Genesis G80
Genesis G80
Genesis G80

2021 Genesis G80

Pros: Value for the dollar; available safety and tech features; interior room; quietness

Cons: Rear seat doesn’t fold; handling and ride composure are a step behind most class rivals

CG Says:  The Genesis G80 is redesigned for 2021, gaining striking new styling, new technology features, and two new turbocharged engines. Even though it’s smaller than the G90, Genesis’s flagship large sedan, we categorize the G80 as a premium large car because of its bigger-than-midsize dimensions. However, in terms of pricing, the G80 competes directly with many premium midsize cars. The previous-generation G80’s 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 has been replaced by a 300-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, and the 365-hp 3.3-liter turbo V6 has been swapped for a 375-hp twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and are available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Newly available safety/driver-assist features include adaptive cruise control with lane-centering assist and a “Machine Learning” feature that adapts to the owner’s driving style, blind-spot alert with avoidance assist, and a center airbag to prevent front passengers from colliding with each other in the event of an accident. Other newly available features include Hyundai’s “Smart Park” remote parking assist, a 3D digital instrument cluster, and massaging front seats. Since the Genesis brand launched in 2017 as Hyundai’s luxury division, Genesis has been developing its own unique style, and the new G80 takes a big leap forward in this direction. Though the Genesis brand doesn’t yet have the same cachet as more-established rivals, and the handling and ride quality aren’t quite up to the level of class leaders, the redesigned G80 nevertheless offers a luxurious interior and an abundant list of available features at thousands less than the competition. It shouldn’t be overlooked when shopping for a large—or midsize—luxury sedan.

The Facts
Class Premium Large Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Genesis
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices 2.5T: $48,725
AWD 2.5T: $51,875
3.5T: $60,125
AWD 3.5T: $63,275

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (2.5T)
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-32

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (3.5T)
Horsepower
375
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-27

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2021 Genesis G80
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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