If you haven’t heard much about the Genesis brand or what vehicles it offers, you will soon. Genesis is the luxury brand associated with Hyundai, similarly to Toyota/Lexus, Nissan/Infiniti and Honda/Acura. Our test car for the week was the flagship of the brand, the 2017 Genesis G90.
The G90 is a big, comfortable, luxury sedan loaded with most everything offered by its European rivals except the price tag. It replaces the Hyundai Equus, but it’s bigger and even more luxurious.
Everything about the G90 is luxurious from the effortless ergonomics to the 12.3-inch widescreen display at the top of the center stack. Only the highest quality materials are used in the cabin: Nappa leather on the heated and cooled seats, and a microfiber suede headliner. The driver’s seat adjusts 22 ways and the passenger seat 16 ways; if you can’t get comfortable in this car maybe it’s time to visit the doctor.
Depending on your mood, seven interior ambient moonlights can be selected. Genesis logo puddle lamps light up the door when you approach the car at night.
NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) in the G90 is practically nonexistent. It is super quiet and comfortable. The ride is smooth and controlled with little body roll in corners. Even with the base 3.3-liter V6 power plant, acceleration is exhilarating.
The G90 offers two powertrain options: a new 3.3-liter twin turbo V6 and a 5.0-liter V8, both available with AWD. The V6 delivers 365 horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque. The big V8 kicks out 420 horses and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic.
Our test G90 was outfitted with the 3.3-liter V6, and I can highly recommend it. I was able to take the car on a road trip to Dallas, and I couldn’t have asked for a finer ride. The G90 has a driver-selectable Intelligent Drive Mode for ECO, Smart, Sport and Individual. Each mode alters transmission mapping and throttle responsiveness, steering and stability control.
The G90 is also equipped with the latest safety equipment and technology, including the best lane-keeping system I’ve driven to date.
Lane keeping systems work through cameras that detect the painted lines on either side of a lane. Some systems allow the car to drift back and forth, close to the left and right lane lines before pushing the wheel back towards the middle. In the G90, the system keeps the car in the middle of the lane rather than allowing it to drift before making the steering correction.
The system works so well that you are tempted to remove your hands from the wheel for extended periods of time. However, when the driver has no contact with the steering wheel for about 10 seconds, the car warns the driver to retake the wheel.
The G90 also has automatic braking, driver attention alert, smart blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, one of the best vehicle camera systems around, a full color heads-up display and automatic high beams.
On the road, the G90 is a smooth performer with power to spare. The car stays flat in hard cornering thanks to its rigid body structure.
Inside, the cabin is roomy, classy and luxurious. The leather is soft and the real wood trim is superb. Folks, this is a luxury ride in every way.
Our 3.3T Premium trim test car was loaded to the gills. The MSRP for the rear drive version was $68,100, plus freight, which gives it an advantage over its European competitors. The V8 package starts at $69,700.
The 2017 Genesis earns a “Top Safety Pick Plus” award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which is the highest rating given by the agency. The sedan received the top score of “good” in every tested category and was rated at “superior” for front crash prevention.
If you’re shopping in the luxury sedan category, you should absolutely put the 2017 Genesis G90 on your test drive list.
2017 Genesis G90
3.3-liter twin turbo V6
365 horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. torque
$68,100 plus freight
EPA mileage rating:
17 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined
Estimated highway range: