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2021 Genesis G90
Select a Different Model (4 Available): 3.3T Premium AWD Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 17 / 24 mpg
Horsepower 365@6,000
Torque 376@1,300
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2021 Genesis G90 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Distinct style
  • Plush, comfortable ride
  • Unmatched features-per-dollar value

Cons

  • Dated interior
  • Underwhelming V-8
  • Missing the special sauce

The G90 is one of the two cars that birthed Genesis. Introduced for the 2017 model year, the G90 was the replacement for the Hyundai Equus and one of the first two vehicles offered by the new luxury brand, alongside the midsize G80. Genesis introduced a significant midcycle face-lift for 2020 incorporating the brand's new, more distinctive design language. The G90 competes with other full-size luxury sedans including the Lexus LS, Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

After the 2020 refresh, the G90 enters the 2021 model year largely unchanged.

What We Think

There is a lot to like about the face-lifted G90. The distinctive new styling adds much-needed visual flair and those 19-inch, '90s-throwback wheels are particularly rad. It still drives like a proper limousine; the ride quality is floaty in an ultra-comfortable way without feeling disconnected. Also, both available engines are quiet, smooth, and powerful, although the V-8 offers little over the twin-turbo V-6.

That said, we have found ourselves wishing the 2020 refresh focused as much on the interior as it did on the flashy new bodywork. The G90's analog gauges, dated and buggy infotainment suite, and lack of a properly equipped executive rear seating package may have buyers looking elsewhere. This is a spacious, comfortable cabin, it just doesn't impress the way more recently redesigned competitors like the Audi A8 do.

The G90 retains all the strengths that led the 2018 model to a flagship luxury sedan comparison test win. Our call for more of a visual statement has been answered, and the comfortable, luxurious cabin is every bit as nice a place to spend time as it's ever been, even if it now feels a bit dated. And of course, the G90 offers a superior features-per-dollar value proposition than any of its competitors. Calling all luxury sedan buyers; the G90 is worth a look.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Genesis gives buyers the choice of a six- or eight-cylinder engine under the hood of the G90, with either engine paired with an eight-speed automatic and RWD or AWD. Opting for the standard engine yields a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 developing 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, which our testing shows is good for 0-60 in 5.3 seconds with AWD. Regardless of drive type, six-cylinder G90s return 17/24 mpg city/highway.

Old-school luxury buyers will appreciate that the G90 is one of the last full-size luxury sedans (alongside the Kia K900) to offer a naturally aspirated V-8. The 5.0-liter engine in the G90 delivers 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. When we tested a RWD G90 with the V-8, it took 5.0 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph. EPA fuel economy numbers read 16/23-24 mpg.

Safety

The G90 is about as safe as they come. In IIHS safety testing, the Genesis flagship earned the highest possible crashworthiness ratings in all six tests, a Good headlight rating, and Superior and Advanced scores for the standard front crash prevention system. It is among the few vehicles that earn the coveted 2020 Top Safety Pick+ designation.

In addition to protecting you in a crash, the G90 includes a host of driver-assist active safety features as standard. Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist with lane centering, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are included on every model.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Every G90 seats five; the model is not offered with the four-seat configuration available in some of its competitors. Legroom measures 46.3 inches up front and 37.8 inches in the rear seat; that latter number implies the G90 provides significantly less rear legroom than the A8 and 7 Series, although we've found it plenty spacious. The story is much the same in the trunk, with the G90's 15.7 cubic feet of cargo volume trailing the Lexus and BMW but still seeming pretty huge.

Technology

Genesis fits the G90 with a standard infotainment system that includes a 12.3-inch touchscreen. navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto on all models. In terms of hi-fi, every G90 features a 17-speaker Lexicon premium audio system. Examples equipped with the V-8 include a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 10.3-inch displays.

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2021 GENESIS G90 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 Turbo 3.3 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, SHIFTRONIC 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
3.3T Premium AWD Sedan
Class
Luxury Passenger Car
Horsepower
365@6,000
Standard MPG
17/24
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
84
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100,000
Full Warranty Miles
60,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Genesis announces a Military Bonus offer on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 24, 36, 48, 60 Months - Genesis announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 2.5% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Genesis announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021