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2017 Genesis G90: What You Need to Know

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It’s hard to top the sheer number of high-tech standard features in the 2017 Genesis G90. This luxury large car also has strong safety scores, muscular engines, and athletic road manners. Simply put, it’s one of our top picks in the luxury large car class.

Is the 2017 Genesis G90 a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Genesis G90 is an outstanding value and a great luxury large car. It comes with a wealth of advanced technology, including just about every driver assistance feature on the market. The cabin features exceptionally comfortable seats and plenty of space in both rows. The dazzling array of technology in the G90 is intuitive and easy to use, from the large infotainment screen to the head-up display. On the downside, the G90 has a below-average trunk size and subpar fuel economy. However, the standard V6 and available V8 engines provide ample power for passing, merging, and climbing hills. With its standard adaptive suspension, the G90 has a buttery-smooth ride while maintaining fairly good agility for a car of its size. Overall, the G90 is a solid pick in its class.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 16 Genesis G90 reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Genesis G90?

Our site has more than 40 listings for the 2017 Genesis G90, with prices ranging from $48,900 to $59,000. The G90’s average list price is $53,100, which is about average for the segment.

How Much Does the 2017 Genesis G90 Cost to Own?

The 2017 Genesis G90’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to $32,900. That’s a couple thousand dollars higher than the class average.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Genesis G90?

The 2018 Genesis G90 starts at $68,350, which is about $15,250 more than the average price of the 2017 Genesis G90. The only significant change for 2018 is the addition of LED headlights to the standard features list. Save some money and buy the 2017, unless having this feature or a new-car warranty is important to you.

There are a few new luxury large cars that are priced similarly to a used 2017 G90. Most aren’t as appealing, but the 2018 Cadillac CT6 is a notable exception. Starting at $54,090, it offers three strong engines, one of which returns great gas mileage for the class. It also has a roomy cabin and a number of desirable standard features, including a Wi-Fi hot spot and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Which Model Year of the Genesis G90 Is Best?

Hyundai launched Genesis Motors as its new luxury division in 2016, and the 2017 G90 and 2017 Genesis G80 were the first two models. Although the G90 was an all-new model, it replaced the 2016 Hyundai Equus. The 2016 Equus will save you money, but the 2017 G90 has sharper handling, better fuel economy, and more room for those sitting up front.

How Reliable Is the 2017 Genesis G90?

As of this writing, the 2017 Genesis G90 has no predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

2017 Genesis G90 Recalls

The 2017 Genesis G90 has no reported recalls at the time of writing.

See more information on Genesis G90 safety recalls »

Which Used Genesis G90 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Genesis G90 comes in two trims: 3.3T Premium and 5.0 Ultimate. The base G90 3.3T Premium trim will more than meet the needs of most shoppers, with its long list of standard features, first-rate materials, and powerful engine.

Upgrading to the G90 5.0 Ultimate trim adds power-adjustable and ventilated rear seats with memory settings, LED cornering headlights, and a V8 engine that makes 55 more horsepower than the base V6 engine. Both trims are available with all-wheel drive.

Certified Pre-Owned Genesis G90 Warranty

Certified pre-owned cars provide used car shoppers with protections against some problems that may arise when purchasing used. Genesis is Hyundai’s new luxury car line. It will offer CPO models beginning in 2018, but warranty details are not currently available. Watch the Genesis CPO page for information.

How Safe Is the G90?

The 2017 Genesis G90 earned outstanding safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recognized it as a Top Safety Pick+, the organization's top honor. It achieved the highest rating of Good in all six IIHS test categories.

This is particularly notable, as several cars in the class forego crash evaluations due to the relatively high cost of crash testing vehicles in this price range. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not conduct crash tests on the 2017 G90.

The G90 comes loaded with advanced safety features, including 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 multi-angle rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high beams.

2017 Genesis G90 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Genesis G90 or 2017 Cadillac CT6?

We named the 2017 Cadillac CT6 our Best Luxury Large Car for Families. Its powerful yet fuel-efficient base engine is complemented by its excellent cornering ability. The CT6 also boasts a stylish cabin with plenty of space and a good assortment of features, including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as available massaging front seats. If you have a penchant for aggressive driving, this is the car to choose. However, the G90 is the better value. Though its average listing price is about $1,000 higher than the CT6’s, it comes with significantly more features, including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic pre-collision braking, a sunroof, navigation, and an adaptive suspension. That said, the CT6 offers these features as options.

Which Is Better: 2017 Genesis G90 or 2017 Lincoln Continental?

The 2017 Lincoln Continental ranks among the best luxury large cars on our site. Like the G90, it offers powerful engines and a high-end interior with outstanding seating comfort. It’s a comfortable cruiser, but it’s not quite as agile as the G90. The Continental is one of the G90’s closest rivals, and it typically costs significantly less. In the end, both cars provide a lot for their respective prices, so choosing between the two comes down to your budget and the features you require. 

2017 Genesis G90 Performance

How Does the 2017 Genesis G90 Drive?

The Genesis G90 comes standard with a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. With its authoritative engine power, the G90 moves effortlessly past slower traffic on the highway. Unlike some turbocharged engines, the G90’s V6 doesn’t suffer from turbo lag when pulling away from a stop. An available 420-horsepower V8 provides plenty of muscle, but most drivers won’t notice a significant difference in power between these engines.

An adaptive suspension comes standard, and it helps the G90 deliver a silky smooth ride by filtering out rough surfaces and uneven pavement. The G90’s handling is fairly agile for a car of its size, and the steering feels somewhat heavy but offers decent feedback. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

To make things more interesting, there are five driving modes: Normal, Eco, Smart, Sport, and Individual. Eco mode returns the best fuel economy; Smart mode adjusts to your driving style in real time; and Sport mode firms up the suspension for sharper handling when cornering. If you'd rather have a more advanced setup, Individual mode allows you to customize your ride and handling using several menus.

Does the 2017 Genesis G90 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With either rear- or all-wheel drive, the V6-powered G90 returns an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Those are below-average estimates for the class.

2017 Genesis G90 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Genesis G90 Seat?

The Genesis G90 sedan seats five. It comes standard with power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel. The G90’s well-cushioned seats provide exceptional comfort and support for long trips, and eating space is plentiful, especially in the rear seats. Power-adjustable and ventilated rear seats are available.

The Genesis G90’s cabin is certainly one of the most luxurious in the class. Even the base trim’s cabin is blanketed in some of the finest materials, including real wood, stainless steel, and Nappa leather upholstery.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Genesis G90?

The rear outboard seats have complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, and the rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the G90's LATCH system the second-best rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2017 Genesis G90 Features

The Genesis comes with a generous features list, including tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity key entry, a sunroof, wireless device charging, and a full-color head-up display. The standard infotainment system features a 12.3-inch touch-screen display, a Lexicon 17-speaker surround-sound system, navigation, front and rear USB ports, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. The G90’s technology works brilliantly, and its touch-screen infotainment system features user-friendly menu structures.

2017 Genesis G90 Dimensions

Genesis G90 Cargo Space

The G90 has a 15.7-cubic-foot trunk and a rear-seat pass-through for long items. Compared to other luxury large cars, the G90’s trunk is on the small side.

2017 G90 Length and Weight

From front to back, the 2017 G90 measures nearly 17.1 feet. Its curb weight ranges from 4,630 pounds to 4,905 pounds, depending on the trim and powertrain.

Where Was the 2017 Genesis G90 Built?

Genesis assembled the 2017 G90 in South Korea.  

Read the full 2017 Genesis G90 review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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