The 2018 Genesis comes with 365-hp 3.3L twin-turbocharged V6 as standard, while a 420-hp 5.0L V8 is available. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox with rear-wheel drive standard, though all-wheel drive is available with either model. All-wheel drive adds $2500 to the price of the Genesis.
Being a luxury car, the Genesis, even in the base 3.3 trim comes packed full of equipment that is typically optional in lesser vehicles. Standard equipment includes heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and leather-upholstered power 12-way adjustable heated front seats. Buyers get a choice of wood or metal paneling on the interior, standard automatic climate control, a leather wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and voice command control interfaces, LED interior lighting, a proximity-based entry system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink. The audio system includes an 8-inch touchscreen, a 7-speaker sound system with SiriusXM and HD radio compatibility and a navigation system that includes traffic updates.
The 5.0 V8-equipped trim is even more opulent and includes an audiophile-grade Lexicon 14-speaker premium stereo, a 7-inch LCD display in the instrument panel, intelligent adaptive cruise control with full start/stop functionality, a rear sunshade, a heated and cooled front seats, dual-zone climate control, a seat memory system, a rearview camera, front and rear parking assist and fog lamps.
Safety features include dual stage front airbags, side curtain and driver knee protection. Anti-lock brakes, a backup-camera, electronic stability and traction control are also standard.
The 2020 Genesis G90 will turn heads everywhere it goes, and whether that's a good or a bad thing depends on your needs and wants, but suffice to say this is a strong statement and another big step forward for an impressive new brand.
We're still at a point in the very brief history of Genesis where it's difficult to talk about the company's cars without mixing in a healthy handful of words like "value" and "comparable." Such is to be expected when a new player comes in and swings for the fences, taking on established brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
The company's first steps were somewhat hesitant, excellent but generally by-the-book sedans starting with the G80 and the original G90. With the 2020 G90, it's time to change the tone. With one look you can easily see that Genesis is moving further along its own path. This is a brand finding its swagger, branching out from the previously demure looks and creating something that will absolutely turn heads in any situation.
Mind you, some of those heads will carry faces bearing looks of disdain and bemusement. The new G90 has a style that's not for everyone, but everyone will notice it and you can be sure they'll all have an opinion, too. That's more than you can say for the bulk of today's remaining sedan market.
The Good ~ Distinctive styling ~ Solid, smooth acceleration ~ Comfortable, well-appointed interior ~ Loaded as standard
The Bad ~ Distinctive styling ~ Decidedly casual handling
The Bottom Line The 2020 Genesis G90 will turn heads everywhere it goes, and whether that's a good or a bad thing depends on your needs and wants, but suffice to say this is a strong statement and another big step forward for an impressive new brand.
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