Genesis G80

Starting at $41,750 before options, the 2018 Genesis G80 punches above its weight, especially in terms of value. The midsize luxury sedan, which used to be known as the Hyundai Genesis, offers a well-crafted, roomy and quiet cabin at an exceptional price. While its Genesis badge doesn’t offer the same cachet as its European or Japanese contemporaries, the G80 can actually come across as more luxurious than many of its rivals, especially because you can load it with options and still come in under competitors’ pricing.

Available with a 3.8-liter V6, a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Sport model, or a 5.0-liter V8 and the buyer’s choice of rear- or all-wheel drive, the G80 also offers some of the most intuitive cabin tech in the business, along with the segment’s best warranty. While it’s possible to max out a loaded V8 model at around $60,000, a nicely equipped 3.8 Premium Package AWD model sits at just under $50k before options and delivery, and it’s a very well-rounded luxury sedan.

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Editors' First Take

Here's a 2021 Genesis G80 pro tip: Don't bother with the V6. Sure, there's a lot to like about a midsize sedan with 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque -- especially one as all-around good as the new G80. But after a few days with the less expensive four-cylinder variant, I can't imagine ever needing anything more.

The G80's base engine is a brand-new, turbocharged, 2.5-liter I4. You'll also find this 2.5T in the larger GV80 SUV, and Genesis will soon share this engine with its Hyundai and Kia corporate cousins. Look for a version of this engine to make its way into the Hyundai Sonata N-Line, as well as Kia's K5 GT and Stinger.

In the G80, the 2.5T is good for 300 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque, the latter of which is delivered at a super-low 1,650 rpm. The torque delivery stays strong up to 4,000 rpm, and the eight-speed automatic transmission does a great job delivering this thrust, shifting quickly yet smoothly. Like the larger, 3.5-liter V6, the 2.5T can be paired with rear- or all-wheel drive.

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