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2018 Genesis G90: What You Need to Know

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The 2018 Genesis G90 offers thrilling performance and an opulent interior. Combine that with a long list of standard features, and it’s no surprise the G90 ranks near the top of its class.

The 2018 Genesis G90 is ranked:

Is the Genesis G90 a Good Car?

The G90 checks all the boxes for a luxury large car: it has ample engine power to get it moving, along with a plush ride quality and composed handling. This Genesis also boasts more standard tech and safety features than any other car in its class. There are some minor downsides, like below-average fuel economy and trunk space, but the G90's competitive price and long warranty should more than make up for it.

Should I Buy the Genesis G90?

The Genesis G90 is a fantastic choice for luxury shoppers, and it certainly deserves a test drive. Its sticker price is right around what you would expect to pay in this class, but the base trim already gives you everything you need and more. You can also spring for options like a more powerful engine, all-wheel drive, and rear-seat niceties.

Still, this is a segment filled with excellent cars, so other models are also worthy of your consideration. Shoppers looking for lots of trunk space or high-performance options should check out the Audi A7. Or, you may want to look to the Cadillac CT6 for its lower starting price. However, once you outfit these rivals with all of the G90’s standard features, their prices balloon quickly.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Genesis G90?

The G90 debuted for the 2017 model year, when Hyundai spun off its luxury models into a stand-alone brand. For 2018, adaptive LED headlights became standard, and a rear-seat entertainment system became optional. If neither of these changes are particularly appealing to you, consider shopping for an otherwise identical 2017 G90. It'll likely save you thousands of dollars. 

To do more research, check out our review of the 2017 Genesis G90. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 23 Reviews Analyzed

Instead of basing our reviews on our personal opinions, we analyze the findings of the automotive press alongside data like reliability ratings and safety scores to help you pick the right new car for you. This 2018 Genesis G90 review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2017 and 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Genesis G90 Cost?

Genesis G90 pricing starts at $68,350, which is higher than about half the class. However, once you equip the G90’s lower-priced rivals with the same features, they easily cost much more. Still, for close to the starting price of the G90, you can get an Audi A7, or a BMW 6 Series.

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 Audi A7?

Overall, the G90 and the Audi A7 match up well, but each appeals to a different type of driver. The Genesis feels more at home comfortably cruising on the highway, while the Audi has a more agile road presence. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive. Both cars' base engines deliver sufficient power, but the A7 is available in bona fide high-performance models that have blistering acceleration unmatched by the G90. These high-end A7 trims also cost much more than any G90, starting as high as about $131,000 for the RS 7 Performance trim.

Even on the bottom end, the A7 has a slightly higher MSRP than the G90. It has fewer standard safety features than the G90, but slightly nicer interior quality (though that's no knock against the Hyundai). You'll get a little extra passenger room throughout the cabin with the G90, but the hatchback A7 dwarfs the G90’s cargo space. In the end, these cars are both great choices; your choice just depends on your priorities.

Which Is Better: Genesis G90 or Cadillac CT6?

The Cadillac CT6 is about $14,000 cheaper than the G90, but it understandably comes with fewer standard features. Even the ones that are included aren't that great. The CT6’s infotainment system is sluggish and requires you to go through several menus to complete certain functions. Conversely, the G90's interface is user-friendly and has quick response times. Both cars have comparable seating and cargo dimensions, but the CT6 has a split-folding rear seat and a hands-free power trunk to make loading and unloading a bit easier.

Each of these rivals has a sufficient base engine and more powerful optional powertrains. If you're looking for efficiency, the CT6 with its base engine may be your choice; it will save you about $450 in fuel costs annually. For handling, the G90 comes standard with an adaptive suspension, which is optional (and costlier) in the CT6. At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with either car, but the Genesis' lengthier warranty and better bang-for-your-buck standard features give it the edge over the Cadillac.

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G90 Interior

How Many People Does the G90 Seat?

The G90 comfortably seats five on standard Nappa leather upholstery. The seats are well cushioned and offer great support on long drives, despite lacking a massage function. There’s plenty of room – especially in the back. Thanks to the G90’s standard power-adjustable front seats and available power-adjustable rear seats, occupants should have no trouble finding the right seating position. Those living in cold climes will appreciate the standard heated outboard seats and heated steering wheel.

G90 and Car Seats

Installing car seats in the G90 is mostly trouble-free. There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats, plus a tether-only connection for the middle seat. The system has deeply buried lower anchors but is otherwise fairly easy to use.

G90 Interior Quality

As far as materials go, the G90 is nice enough to run with the big dogs in the luxury large car segment. It uses genuine wood and stainless steel trim, and it features standard Nappa leather. There are a few plastic trim pieces here and there. If you want top-notch materials in every nook and cranny, check out the Audi A7 or the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

G90 Cargo Space

Some luxury sedans offer more cargo space, but the G90’s 15.7-cubic-foot trunk still provides enough room for four large suitcases and a smaller carry-on bag. The rear seats don’t collapse, but a rear pass-through allows you to fit longer objects.

G90 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The G90 comes with a long list of standard features. Some – like navigation, a sunroof, Bluetooth, and USB ports – are fairly typical in the class. Others are uncommon, such as wireless device charging, tri-zone automatic climate control, a head-up display, and a 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound audio system. The 5.0 Ultimate trim comes with a dual-screen DVD entertainment system in the rear seat, which is the only optional tech feature.

The infotainment system employs easy-to-use menus and a responsive 12.3-inch touch screen. There are plenty of ways to connect your smartphone to play music and send navigation instructions, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are missing. These two features come standard in the Audi A7 and Cadillac CT6. 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.

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G90 Performance

G90 Engine: Stick With the V6

The 2018 Genesis G90’s standard 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6 provides all the oomph you’ll need to get up and going. A 420-horsepower V8 engine is available, but there’s not much of a difference in acceleration compared to the V6. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both models. It provides smooth shifts and downshifts quickly for more power.

G90 Gas Mileage: A Little Worse Than the Rest

With the V6-equipped G90, expect 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The optional V8 returns 16/24 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and 15/23 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive (AWD). Most of the G90’s classmates are better on gas.

G90 Ride and Handling: Rides Like a Cloud, Corners Nicely

The G90’s standard adaptive suspension does a great job of smoothing out bumps in the road. The ride is pillowy soft, yet it offers enough feedback to keep you aware of road conditions.

Despite the G90’s focus on a smooth ride, it also has competent handling. Still, it’s not the most agile member of its class. The steering offers good feedback, and it isn’t overly light like the Kia K900’s. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, but available all-wheel drive is worth getting for its increased grip in inclement weather.

There are five driving modes in the Genesis: Normal, Eco, Sport, Individual, and Smart. In Eco mode, the G90 dulls throttle responses to improve fuel economy. Sport mode gives you sharper handling at the expense of a firmer ride. Individual mode allows you to adjust the ride using a series of menus, while Smart mode picks the mode that best matches how you’re driving.

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G90 Reliability

Is the Genesis G90 Reliable?

At the time of this writing, the Genesis G90 has not received a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power. In the agency’s 2017 new-vehicle initial quality study, the Genesis brand finished second overall.

Genesis G90 Warranty

The G90 comes with a lengthier warranty than most of its competitors. Genesis covers the G90 with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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G90 Safety

G90 Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Genesis G90 a 2018 Top Safety Pick+, which is the organization’s highest award. The G90’s high marks include a Good score (the highest offered) in six crash tests, a rating of Superior for front crash prevention technology, and a score of Good for headlights.

G90 Safety Features

All safety features in the G90 are standard. They include a 360-degree parking camera with front and rear sensors, a driver alertness monitor, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and lane keep assist. Many of these features are optional in competitors like the Audi A7 and Cadillac CT6.

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Which Genesis G90 Model Is Right for Me?

The G90 is available in two trims: 3.3T Premium and 5.0 Ultimate. The base model suits most shoppers' needs by offering plenty of standard features, a powerful engine, and the availability of all-wheel drive. The 5.0 Ultimate’s V8 produces more power, but you won’t notice much of a difference in acceleration. The only reason to upgrade to the higher trim is to get the optional rear-seat amenities.

Genesis G90 3.3T Premium

The 3.3T Premium has a starting price of $68,350. All-wheel-drive models cost $70,850. This model comes with a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features include a 12.3-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, a 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system, wireless device charging, a head-up display, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a sunroof. There are also basic connectivity options like Bluetooth and USB ports for the front and rear seats.

You’ll get a full complement of driver assistance features with the base G90, including a driver alertness monitor, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, a 360-degree parking camera with front and rear sensors, and automatic high beams.

Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate

The 5.0 Ultimate trim costs $71,850 with front-wheel drive or $74,350 with all-wheel drive. Instead of the base turbocharged V6 engine, the Genesis G90 Ultimate comes equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 engine. It has all the features of the base trim, plus ventilated, power-adjustable rear seats with memory settings and a 10.3-inch dual-screen DVD entertainment system for rear-seat passengers.

Who Makes the Genesis G90?

The Genesis G90 is made by parent company Hyundai. For 2017, Hyundai refreshed its Equus luxury sedan, reintroduced it as the Genesis G90, and then retired the Equus model.

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

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The Final Call

The Genesis G90 is a fantastic luxury large car. It’s packed with more standard features than any of its classmates, and it offers an enjoyable driving experience even in the base trim. The G90 is more focused on providing a smooth ride and quiet power, but its five driving modes still allow you to coordinate the car’s performance with your mood. While it can’t match the fuel economy and trunk space of its rivals, it’s not far behind in these categories. The G90 is well-rounded; its long warranty and competitive prices are just icing on the cake.

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 G90 review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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