2020 Genesis G80: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs
The G80 isn't Genesis' newest offering, but it still offers luxury for a great price.
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is, arguably, the brand's, um, genesis. The sedan originally started life as the
, before the nameplate was spun off into its own luxury brand. Now, Genesis offers the compact
, and will soon sell the GV80 SUV. Through all of that, the G80 has carried on largely unchanged. But there's still a lot to like here.
2020 Genesis G80
is available with three engine options, all of which use eight-speed automatic transmissions and can be paired with either rear- or all-wheel drive.
The standard engine is a naturally aspirated, 3.8-liter V6, putting out 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. This is the G80's most fuel-efficient engine, with EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.
Stepping up to the 3.3T Sport model gets you a -- you guessed it -- 3.3-liter V6, with a pair of turbochargers that help it shove 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque to either the rear or all four wheels. Fuel economy takes a slight hit here: The 3.3T Sport is estimated to return 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.
Finally, the G80 offers what's slowly becoming a rarity in the luxury space: a naturally aspirated V8 engine. This is the same 5.0-liter V8 you can find in the larger G90, producing 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. (Opt to run regular fuel instead of premium, however, and Genesis says you'll only have 407 hp and 372 lb-ft at your disposal.) The big V8 is also the G80's thirstiest engine, returning an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.
G80s can be had with either 18 or 19-inch wheels, and Sport models come with a unique suspension tune.
Every G80 offers seating for five passengers, with leather upholstery. Several color schemes are available, as are things like heated seats, cooled seats and a panoramic sunroof. 3.3T Sport and 5.0-liter models add standard features like wireless phone charging, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system and a head-up display. Overall, the G80's cabin is spacious and comfortable.
The G80 offers a decent amount of room for your belongings, too. The trunk is EPA-rated to carry 15.3 cubic feet of cargo.
Every G80 comes with a 9.2-inch central screen handling multimedia and infotainment duties; the 3.3T Sport and 5.0-liter models use a HD screen.
are standard, and embedded navigation is optional.
The G80 comes with a big list of standard safety equipment. Every model rolls off the line with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, a driver attention warning and adaptive cruise control.
The 2020 Genesis G80 starts at $43,545 for a base, 3.8-liter, rear-wheel-drive model. From there, the price walk is as follows. All prices include $995 for destination.