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2017 Genesis G90: What You Need to Know

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The 2017 Genesis G90 comes with one of the longest standard features lists around, a sumptuous cabin, robust acceleration, and handling that is athletic for a car of this size. It doesn't have the largest trunk or get the best gas mileage, but it gives pricier luxury cars a run for their money.

Is the Genesis G90 a Good Car?

As Genesis begins to plot its course through the treacherous waters of the luxury large car class, it's important that it makes a statement that sets the brand apart in a good way. With the G90, it certainly does that. While the G90 is as new as the Genesis brand – owned by parent company Hyundai – it is essentially a redesigned Hyundai Equus.

With the G90, Genesis takes what was a good luxury large car and makes it one of the best in its class. It starts with a long list of standard features, which includes plenty to keep you entertained, and just about every advanced safety feature on the market. A powerful twin-turbocharged V6 engine is also standard, or you can opt for a slightly more potent V8, though neither are the most fuel-efficient in the class. The G90 is at home while leisurely cruising on the highway, but when you want to have some fun, it can be light on its feet.

Should I Buy the Genesis G90?

With a starting price of $68,100, the Genesis G90 costs thousands of dollars less than some super luxury cars, like the Lexus LS, and with the LS, you'd have to spend over $96,000 to get the same amount of equipment that comes standard in the G90. You might think you'll get better value from lower-priced luxury large cars like the Cadillac CT6, which starts at $53,795. However, if you want it to have the same features as the base G90, it will cost you over $72,000.

While you might be hesitant to drive a new car from a new brand, you should give the Genesis G90 a chance. If you're concerned about reliability, keep in mind that the G90 comes with a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

We Did the Research for You: 16 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We want to help you figure out if the 2017 Genesis G90 is the right car for you. To do that, we've analyzed 16 pieces of data that pertain to the G90, including reliability and safety ratings, fuel economy estimates, and the opinions of automotive journalists. We've done the work so you don't have to. You can find the answers to your G90 questions right here.

Both the Genesis brand and the G90 model are new for the 2017 model year.

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How Much Does the Genesis G90 Cost?

The starting price of the 2017 Genesis G90 is $68,100. That's higher than many other luxury large cars, including the Cadillac CT6 ($53,795). However, it's a reasonable price compared to super luxury cars like the Lexus LS, which starts at $72,520.

There are only two trims for the G90: the 3.3T Premium and the 5.0 Ultimate. The base trim comes standard with plenty of features, a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, and rear-wheel drive. The 5.0 Ultimate starts at $69,700, which puts it more in line with the Lexus LS' price. You can add all-wheel drive to any G90 for $2,500.

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

Genesis G90 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Genesis G90 or Cadillac CT6?

The Cadillac CT6's starting price is about $14,000 less than the G90's. The G90 makes up for this difference by offering nearly every feature you can think of as standard equipment, including a full complement of advanced safety features. For these primary reasons, the G90 is the better choice. 

Like the G90, the CT6 is cavernous on the inside, and you'll have no problem getting comfortable. Though the CT6 doesn't come standard with Nappa Leather or heated and ventilated front seats, it does offer massaging front seats, which you can't get in the G90. The trunks of these two large luxury cars are both below the class average. The CT6's trunk measures 15.3 cubic feet to the G90's 15.7. Both cars feature infotainment systems that work well overall, but each have their own issues. With the G90, you can't get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, like you can with the CT6. However, the G90's system is responsive and easy to use, while Cadillac's CUE infotainment system suffers from slow responses and a cumbersome menu structure.

The base power plant in the CT6 is a turbocharged four cylinder engine that provides ample power to move the CT6 along. It produces 265 horsepower, a full 100 ponies less than the G90. However, the CT6 is about 1,000 pounds lighter than the G90, which helps make up for the difference in horsepower. The CT6's turbo-four also achieves top-notch fuel economy: 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Although both models offer more-powerful optional engines (in the CT6, either a 335-horsepower V6 or a 404-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6), the base engines of both are more than sufficient for everyday driving. Both luxury large cars handle as if they are much smaller. While the G90 comes standard with an adaptive suspension, it's merely an option in the CT6. Even with the adaptive suspension, the ride isn't quite as soft as the G90's. 

The CT6 earns a praiseworthy predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power and Associates. However, the Genesis comes with a 10-year powertrain warranty, which should quell any qualms you may have about owning an all-new car from an all-new brand.

Which Is Better: Genesis G90 or Lexus LS?

The Genesis G90 also stacks up well against some of the higher-priced super luxury cars, like the Lexus LS, which starts at $72,520. If you get the LS, you're essentially getting less and paying more. 

The LS comes with a 386-horsepower V8 engine, and it doesn't offer a larger engine. The G90's base engine offers 21 less horsepower, and it weighs more. Base fuel economy estimates between the two models are similar. If you want comparable engine power to the LS, you may want to step up to the G90's 420-horsepower V8. With it, you're looking at a price tag of $69,700, which is nearly $3,000 less than the base price of an LS. From a handling perspective, the LS is very much a cruiser; it doesn't feel agile in the corners in the same way the G90 does. The LS achieves the highest predicted reliability rating possible from J.D. Power. However, the G90 offers one of the longest warranties around.

Like many of the G90's rivals, the Lexus LS doesn't offer the humungous standard features list that the G90 does. In fact, to equip the LS like a standard G90, you'll spend at least $96,000. However, the LS comes with some features you can't get in the G90, including massaging rear seats. The LS' infotainment system uses Lexus’ Remote Touch interface, which can be distracting to operate while driving. Adding to its woes, the system uses a complicated menu structure that can be difficult to sort through. Neither the G90 nor the LS offers Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. 

Along with more standard equipment, you'll also get more legroom in both the front and back with the G90. The LS comes in an extended-wheelbase variant, but it still comes up short on legroom compared to its Genesis counterpart. However, the LS boasts a larger trunk than the G90, but only by about 2.3 cubic feet, which is the size of a larger suitcase.

G90 Interior

How Many People Does the G90 Seat?

The Genesis G90 seats five and offers plenty of standard amenities, including power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel.

Seating is so comfortable and supportive that you won't feel sore or achy at the end of a long ride. However, these seats won't massage you like the ones offered in the Cadillac CT6. Space is certainly not an issue, especially in the back. Available power-adjustable rear seats allow passengers to relax even more.

G90 and Car Seats

When you install car seats in the G90, the lower anchors are too deep in the seats, which makes them difficult to work with. Access is otherwise a breeze, with easy-to-use top tether anchors and ample space to work with. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the G90's LATCH system a rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

G90 Interior Quality

The Genesis G90 has one of the nicest standard interiors around, with standard Nappa leather upholstery, genuine wood, and stainless steel trim. The Cadillac CT6 also comes with standard leather and real wood trim, but you'll have to upgrade to get premium leather as fine as the G90's.

If you look closely enough, you can find some hard plastic here and there in the G90. If it bothers you that much, consider the Lexus LS, which covers its interior in the finest materials everywhere you look.

G90 Cargo Space

Although not the largest in the class, the G90's 15.7-cubic-foot trunk provides enough space for three large suitcases and carry-on bags. There's a rear pass-through for longer items, but a split-folding rear seat isn't available.

G90 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

If you're a fan of standard features, you will love the Genesis G90. The base model comes with nearly everything you can think of, with only a few exceptions. You'll get high-tech features like wireless device charging and a head-up display, which projects the G90's speed and other useful driver information onto the windshield.

The G90's user-friendly infotainment system showcases a crisp 12.3-inch high-definition touch-screen display that responds quickly to your inputs and uses a straightforward menu structure. On the downside, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are not available in the G90. However, you can link up your music via USB or auxiliary ports, or you can use Bluetooth to put the standard Lexicon 17-speaker surround-sound system to good use.

The Cadillac CT6 comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Lexus LS does not offer either of these features.

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.

G90 Performance

G90 Engine: Twin-Turbo V6 Is All You'll Need

The 2017 Genesis G90 comes standard with a 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The base engine provides ample power for moving the G90 with authority. Passing, merging, and climbing hills are no problem for this capable power plant. Unlike some turbocharged engines, the G90's V6 experiences no lag when taking off. For those who want more power, an optional V8 kicks it up a notch, to 420 horsepower. It may seem like an appealing choice, but you won't notice much of a difference behind the wheel.

G90 Gas Mileage: Subpar by Class Standards

The best fuel economy you can expect from the G90 comes from the base V6 engine. With either rear- or all-wheel drive, expect 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. That's below the class average. The optional V8 with rear-wheel drive returns 16 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. With all-wheel drive, the V8's gas mileage sinks by 1 mpg both in the city and on the highway.

G90 Ride and Handling: Serene Ride, Surprisingly Crisp Handling

There's no question that the G90 has a smooth ride. Its standard adaptive suspension filters out roadway crags, but you don't feel totally disconnected from the pavement. Handling is surprisingly sharp for such a large car. The G90's steering offers decent feedback, and it has a heavy feel to it.

There are four driving modes: Eco, Smart, Sport, and Individual. You'll get the best fuel economy in Eco mode, as throttle response is lowered to prevent jackrabbit starts. With all-wheel-drive models, Eco mode sends all power to the rear wheels for better gas efficiency. Sport mode firms up the suspension for sharper handling when cornering. Smart mode acclimates to your driving style in real time, and it changes the dynamic as you change your driving style. If you'd rather have a more advanced setup, Individual mode allows you to customize your ride and handling using a series of menus.

G90 Reliability

Is the Genesis G90 Reliable?

J.D. Power had not yet given the Genesis G90 a predicted reliability rating at the time of this writing. Both the Genesis brand and the G90 model are new for 2017. As a brand, Hyundai earns a reliability rating of three out of five, which is average compared to the rest of the brands. The Lexus LS earns exceptional reliability ratings.

Genesis G90 Warranty

The G90 comes with one of the longest warranties in the business: a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Warranties from other automakers, like Lexus and Cadillac, do not last as long.

G90 Safety

G90 Crash Test Results

The Genesis G90 earns terrific safety scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recognizes the G90 as a Top Safety Pick+, the organization's highest honor. It earns the highest score of Good in all five test categories. Most vehicles of this price forego crash testing because it is prohibitively expensive and they are relatively low volume vehicles. Others go through limited testing, like the Lexus LS. It earns a score of Good from the IIHS in the two areas tested.

G90 Safety Features

Standard safety features include a 360-degree parking camera, lane keep assist, a driver alertness monitor, adaptive cruise control with stop-start functionality, forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high beams. Many of the safety features that come standard in the G90 are optional in the Cadillac CT6 and Lexus LS.

Which Genesis G90 Model Is Right for Me?

The Genesis G90 starts at $68,100. It comes in only two trims, the 3.3T Premium and the 5.0 Ultimate. Most likely, the base trim will suit you fine. It comes with nearly everything you can imagine, including tons of convenience niceties, fine seating appointments, high-tech gadgetry, and loads of advanced safety features. By upgrading, you get power-adjustable rear seats and a V8 with 55 more horsepower than the standard V6. However, you won't feel much of a difference from behind the wheel. If you must add something, consider all-wheel drive, which is a $2,500 option.

Genesis G90 3.3T Premium

As the base trim, the 3.3T Premium ($68,100) comes with a V6 engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available for an additional $2,500. Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a proximity key, a sunroof, a hands-free power trunk, power-closing doors, wireless device charging, and a full-color head-up display.

The G90's standard infotainment system features a 12.3-inch HD touch-screen display, a Lexicon 17-speaker surround-sound system, navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and front and rear USB ports.

The 3.3T Premium also comes with Nappa leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats with memory settings, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, and heated rear seats.

Standard safety features include a 360-degree parking camera, lane keep assist, a driver alertness monitor, adaptive cruise control with stop-start functionality, forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high beams.

Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate

Starting at $72,200, the G90 5.0 Ultimate trim gets a more powerful V8 engine, power-adjustable rear seats with memory settings, and LED cornering headlights. All-wheel drive is optional

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

The Final Call

If a lengthy standard features list is a high priority, it's difficult to top the Genesis G90. Although it doesn't offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, or massaging seats, nearly everything else comes as standard equipment. To get a comparably equipped Lexus LS or Cadillac CT6, you'll have to spend thousands of dollars more.

The G90 also comes standard with an adaptive suspension, something you'll have to pay extra for in the CT6. It improves ride quality by smoothing out bumps in the road, but it still imparts a feeling of connectedness. It also gives the G90 nimble handling for a car this size, something you won't get with the LS.

If you have new-brand anxiety, keep in mind that Hyundai – a company that's been making cars for quite some time – owns Genesis. Also, the G90 comes with the same 10-year powertrain warranty that all Hyundai vehicles come with.

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

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