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.
Introduced in 2017, the G90 is now the oldest product in the Genesis portfolio. A brand-new version is coming in the near future, but as it currently stands, the G90 is a compelling car in the face of competition like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, all of which are at least $15,000 more expensive than the Genesis when comparably equipped.
But don't just look at the G90 as a value proposition. This car is a bona-fide luxury contender.
The Good The 2019 Genesis G90 offers luxury and driving dynamics to rival German manufacturing for thousands less.
The Bad There are a few tech and convenience features that are strangely absent.
The Bottom Line The G90 is a formidable foe to its German and Japanese rivals, even before you consider its low starting price.
It will follow the larger G80-based GV80, which is slated for late 2020 or early 2021.
In spite of the fact that the G90 is much less expensive than its rivals, this Genesis is a solid contender among large luxury sedans.
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