Genesis G70

Two different powertrains are offered, a 2.0T and 3.3T. The G70 2.0T is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that puts out 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission. The G70 3.3T gets a 3.3L turbocharged V6, making an impressive 365 horsepower and 376 lb-feet of torque, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 8-speed transmission is Genesis' Shiftronic transmission with rev-matching to shift gears at the opportune time. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available on all trims, which works with dynamic torque vectoring to improve handling on all road conditions.

The G70 stands out and makes a statement with its aggressive wide stance, sharp lines, sleek profile and signature Genesis crosshatch grille. The front end is highlighted by open intakes and sweeping headlights, while the short tapering back end adds to the sporty look. Inside the luxury comes to life with quality materials, diamond quilted leather and a clean line dash. Fine details such as leather trim, contrasting stitching and thoughtful configuration, enhance the drivers experience inside the G70.

The entry level G70 2.0T comes nicely equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, rear lip spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power front seats, remote keyless entry, dual-zone temperature control, HomeLink compatible, leatherette seats, three USB ports, active noise cancellation, 6-speaker audio system and 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2.0T is available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The G70 2.0T Sport is available only in rear-wheel drive and features a sport tuned suspension and limited slip differential. Additional standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, performance tires, dark chrome grille, power trunk, surround view monitor, heated rear seats, microfiber suede headliner and Heads-Up Display.

The Elite package includes features such as power folding mirrors with memory function, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, sunroof, memory function for driver seat and steering wheel, satellite radio, 15-speaker Quantum Logic Surround sound and integrated navigation.

The Prestige package comes loaded with features including rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, wireless charging pad, Low Beam Assist, power lumbar front passenger seating and power driver seat cushion extension.

Safety features are plentiful on the G70, including both passive and active safety technology on all trim levels. Standard safety features include blind spot detection, forward collision mitigation, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and, on higher trim levels, a surround view camera.

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Editors' First Take

Between the G80, GV80 and upcoming GV70 SUV, every new Genesis seems to be more impressive than the last. Freshened for 2022, the compact G70 doesn't get the full-zoot Genesis 2.0 overhaul, but a number of key changes make this luxury/sport sedan even easier to like.

The G70's glow-up starts with redesigned front and rear fascias, bringing this sedan's design in line with Genesis' newer products. I know some of you don't love the big grille or two-line headlights, but please, just accept the fact that you're wrong. Front to back, the G70 looks awesome, and photos really don't do it justice.

There's a fancy Launch Edition available for 2022, offered in matte gray or matte white, with unique 19-inch wheels and a black/red interior. Only 500 of these G70s will be sold -- half with rear-wheel drive, half with all-wheel drive -- building off the fully loaded Sport Prestige trim with the optional V6 engine.

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