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

Good news, everyone: Every V6-powered Genesis G80 is now a G80 Sport. And while the Sport-spec tweaks are minor, they simply make an already great car even better.

The Sport's powertrain is the same as before, using Genesis' 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission is a doll, shifting quickly and smoothly, sending power to all four wheels as standard, with an electronic limited-slip differential shuffling power across the rear axle.

Instead of boosting the powertrain, Genesis instead retuned the chassis to give the Sport some more street smarts. The suspension's front and rear springs are 4% and 12% stiffer, respectively, and new rear-axle steering tech can turn the back wheels up to 2 degrees in either direction for improved low- and high-speed maneuverability.

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