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2018 Genesis G80: What You Need to Know

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The 2018 Genesis G80 lands in the top third of our luxury midsize car rankings thanks to its luxurious interior, generous list of standard features, and balanced performance. However, its fuel economy estimates don't measure up against top rivals.

The 2018 Genesis G80 is ranked:

Is the Genesis G80 a Good Car?

The 2018 G80 is a good car. It comes with a long list of standard safety features and gets an excellent safety score. Its interior is spacious and designed with high-quality materials. Additionally, its new-for-2018 Sport trim improves its performance and gives the G80 more agility and athleticism.

Should I Buy the Genesis G80?

If you're looking for luxury but you don't want to break the bank, consider the G80. It offers all the trimmings of a luxury car—standard leather upholstery, a large touch-screen display, above-average performance—for a below-class-average price.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Genesis G80?

The Genesis G80 made its debut for the 2017 model year. It was known as the Hyundai Genesis prior to that. Many previously optional features became standard for the 2017 model year, but there were no other major changes. The 2018 model sees the introduction of a new trim: the 3.3T Sport. It has a new twin-turbo V6 engine and mostly the same features as the G80's top trim.

You can potentially save yourself thousands of dollars by buying a used G80 instead of a new one. Unless you really love the new trim, you're probably better off shopping used for this Genesis. For more information, be sure to check out our reviews of the 2017 G80 and 2016 Hyundai Genesis, as well as our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

We Did the Research for You: 38 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 38 Genesis G80 reviews and combined them with information like fuel economy estimates and crash test results to provide you with all the information you need to decide if the G80 is the right car for you.

This Genesis G80 overview incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans from the 2015 model year of the Hyundai Genesis through the 2018 model year of the G80.

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How Much Does the Genesis G80 Cost?

The 2018 Genesis G80 comes in three trims and starts at $41,750, which is below the luxury midsize car class average. The new Sport trim starts at $55,250. All-wheel drive can be added to all trims for $2,500, and there are two packages available. The Premium package costs $5,000 and adds features like wireless charging and a panoramic sunroof. The Ultimate package costs $5,100 and adds features like a larger touch screen, a head-up display, and a multi-angle camera.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Genesis dealer.

Genesis G80 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Genesis G80 or Lexus GS?

Both the Lexus GS and the Genesis G80 have great smartphone integration technology, a long list of safety features, and luxurious interiors, but the G80 provides all of this at a lower price (the GS starts at $46,310). The G80 also gives you a more powerful base V6 engine (the GS has a base four-cylinder) and a touch screen infotainment system (the GS has a large infotainment screen, but it's not a touch screen). The GS, however, offers better fuel economy. The base GS gets 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, whereas the base G80 gets 19/27 mpg city/highway. If you step up to the GS' V6, your fuel economy drops to 20/28 mpg city/highway, making the difference in annual fuel costs about $250 per year, which isn't enough to justify the higher upfront purchase price of the Lexus.

Which Is Better: Genesis G80 or Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

With a starting price of $52,950, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is $11,200 more than the G80. It comes in three styles: a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe, or a soft-top cabriolet (convertible). The E-Class offers the best of both worlds—comfort and athleticism—through its driving modes. Choose comfort mode and you'll soak up imperfections in the road. Choose Sport mode and you'll unleash a more aggressive side of the E-Class that the G80's new Sport trim can't live up to. Both cars come with a long list of standard safety features, but the E-Class offers even more, including a Wi-Fi hot spot and Active Lane Change, which lets the E-Class change lanes by itself. If you can afford it, go for the E-Class.

Which Is Better: Genesis G80 or Genesis G90?

The Genesis G90 is a luxury large car that is similar to the G80, though it has a hefty starting price of $68,350. There's little difference in cargo space or legroom, and both cars are available with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine or a V8. Both engines produce strong acceleration. The G90 has smooth, yet sharp handling—even for a large car—though the smaller G80 is a little more agile. The back seat is where you'll see the main difference between these siblings. The G90 has a much more luxurious back seat, with plenty of headroom, as well as amenities like power rear and side shades and full infotainment controls that give it a chauffeured feel. Overall, however, the G80 should satisfy your needs for a much lower price.

G80 Interior

How Many People Does the G80 Seat?

There is seating for five in the 2018 G80. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard. Available features include a 16-way power-adjustable driver's seat, sport front seats, a sport steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats.

Overall, the seats are comfortable. The G80 has plenty of head- and legroom in the front seats and a generous amount of legroom in the rear seats. However, rear-seat headroom is lacking; taller passengers may feel cramped.

G80 and Car Seats

For installing child safety seats, there are two lower anchors and three top tether anchors in the rear. The IIHS gave the 2018 G80's LATCH system a Marginal rating – the second-lowest score possible—because the anchors are buried deep within the seats and are difficult to maneuver around.

G80 Interior Quality

Inside, the Genesis G80 is covered in luxurious, high-quality materials. Wood trim and, in the new Sport model, carbon-fiber trim add a classy finish and feel to the G80. The interior design is upscale and adorned with soft-touch materials. Contrast stitching adds even more style and attitude.

G80 Cargo Space

With 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space, the G80 has above-average cargo capacity. However, its rear seats don't fold down like many of its competitors, such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, making it difficult to carry long items. A hands-free trunk, which opens when you stand behind the car with the key on you, is standard. A power trunk lid is optional.

G80 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Notable standard features in the 2018 G80 include a rearview camera, two USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 4.3-inch driver information display, an 8-inch touch screen, and a push-button start.

Available features include a multi-angle camera, a panoramic sunroof, a wireless charging pad, a 17-speaker sound system, a 9.2-inch touch screen, a 7-inch driver-information display, and a head-up display.

The G80's dashboard has a well-organized layout. All controls are easy to reach, and the infotainment system is simple to use. Along with the responsive touch screen, there are physical knobs and buttons that allow you to control system functions.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

G80 Performance

G80 Engine: Power Packed

The G80 comes standard with a 311-horsepower V6 engine and a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Available engines include a twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 365 horsepower and a V8 that makes 420 horsepower. All three engines have plenty of power and provide good acceleration off the line. The V8 gives you the most robust drive, though one of the V6s should satisfy most shoppers.

G80 Gas Mileage: Low Numbers

The base G80 gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is on the low end for the class. The new 3.3T Sport model gets 17/25 mpg city/highway, and the V8 model gets 16/24 mpg city/highway. These numbers are low for the class. For better fuel economy, look at the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which gets 22/30 mpg city/highway, or the Lexus GS, which gets 22/32 mpg in its base model.

G80 Ride and Handling: Added Sportiness

Overall, the G80 favors a comfortable ride over an athletic one. However, the new Sport model makes the G80 more agile, with improved handling and more communicative steering.

G80 Reliability

Is the Genesis G80 reliable?

J.D. Power and Associates has not yet rated the 2018 Genesis G80 for reliability.

Genesis G80 Warranty

Genesis covers the 2018 G80 with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is better than Mercedes-Benz's warranty of four years or 50,000 miles for the E-Class.

G80 Safety

G80 Crash Test Results

The 2018 Genesis G80 gets a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning five stars in its frontal, side, and rollover crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the G80 the best rating of Good in all five of its crash evaluations and named it a Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest award.

G80 Safety Features

The G80 comes chock-full of standard safety features. Like most luxury midsize cars, it comes standard with a rearview camera. However, it also comes with lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Available safety features include a multi-angle camera, front and rear park assist, and adaptive LED headlights.

Which Genesis G80 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Genesis G80 comes in three trims: 3.8, 3.3T Sport, and 5.0 Ultimate. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard in all models. All-wheel drive can be added to all trims for $2,500.

For the best combination of performance and features, go with the new 3.3T Sport model and its superior handling. Its twin-turbocharged engine puts out 365 horsepower, and the 3.3T comes with sport seats and alloy pedals. It also comes with premium features such as a wireless charging pad, lane change assist, a panoramic sunroof, and a 16-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

Genesis G80 3.8

The base 3.8 trim starts at $41,750 and comes with a 3.8-liter V6 engine. Standard advanced safety features include a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. A hands-free trunk with auto open is also standard, along with a proximity entry key, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, two USB ports, a seven-speaker sound system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 4.3-inch driver-information display, navigation, an 8-inch touch screen, push-button start, and real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, and movie and sports information.

All-wheel drive models ($44,250) add standard heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

There are two packages available for this trim. The Premium package, which costs $5,000, adds features like a 14-speaker sound system, a wireless charging pad, ventilated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The Ultimate package costs $5,100 and adds features like a 9.2-inch touch screen, a head-up display, premium leather upholstery, and a multi-angle camera.

Genesis G80 3.3T Sport

The new-for-2018 3.3T Sport model starts at $55,250. It comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine and base trim features. It adds exterior sport styling, a multi-angle camera, front and rear park assist, adaptive LED headlights, a power trunk, a panoramic sunroof, a 16-way power-adjustable driver's seat, front sport seats, a sport steering wheel, alloy sport pedals, premium leather upholstery, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, a wireless charging pad, a 17-speaker sound system, a 9.2-inch touch screen, a 7-inch driver information display, and a head-up display.

Genesis G80 5.0 Ultimate

The top-of-the-line 5.0 model starts at $57,000 and comes with a 5.0-liter V8 engine and lower trim features. It adds 19-inch alloy wheels, front LED fog lights, and wood and suede trim.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Genesis dealer.

The Final Call

The 2018 Genesis G80 comes with a generous list of safety features, the latest smartphone integration technology, and a luxurious interior. It has a strong engine lineup, and the addition of a new sport trim gives it more athleticism. It gets below-average fuel economy, but it also has a below-class-average starting price, which makes the G80 a good value and deserving of a high spot on your shopping list.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2018 Genesis G80 review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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