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Genesis G90: 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year Finalist

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2017 Genesis G90 33T HTRAC Premium front three quarter in motion 02© Motor Trend Staff 2017 Genesis G90 33T HTRAC Premium front three quarter in motion 02

We Like: The great "base" V-6 and undeniable value.

We Don't Like: Its conservative styling and lack of technical innovation.

Read these gushing reviews, and you'd think the Genesis G90 was a sure thing to win the whole shebang:

Angus MacKenzie: "Noise levels are very low, and ride quality is right on the money for a luxury car."

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Mark Rechtin: "I got hit by a big crosswind while going 120 mph, and it just shrugged it off as a minor irritant. Oh, are those bumps? I thought someone was tickling me."

Alisa Priddle: "$70,000 for loaded luxury sedan with all-wheel drive and virtually everything standard, plus three years of no additional costs for service, including valet service appointments, XM satellite, updated nav, etc.—hard to beat."

Frank Markus: "A very serene cabin in which to travel, beautifully finished. Everything looks upscale."

Ed Loh: "When your snobby neighbor asks why you got this instead of a 5 Series or CT6, put 'em in the back seat with its duplicated stereo, HVAC, heated-seat controls in the armrest, straight out of Bentley/Maybach. Then floor it."

So where did the first new luxury brand in the U.S. since Tesla in 2004 go wrong? Priddle observed that Genesis should have "come out of the gate with a striking vehicle that commands attention and has people asking what that new vehicle is."

But it was more than the ho-hum styling. If Genesis wanted to make an entrance, it should have made a technological statement, as well. Noted Rechtin: "Every feature about the car screams 'table stakes.' There is nothing exceptional here."

Pitching value-for-money in the crowded luxury segment may not be enough. A real missed opportunity.

2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contenders

2017 Car of the Year Finalists

2017 Genesis G90 3.3T HTRAC (Premium)2017 Genesis G90 5.0 (Ultimate)
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWDFront-engine, RWD
ENGINE TYPE Twin-turbo 60-deg V-6, alum block/heads90-deg V-8, alum block/heads
VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cylDOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 204.0 cu in/3,342 cc307.4 cu in/5,038 cc
POWER (SAE NET) 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm420 hp @ 6,000 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET) 376 lb-ft @ 1,300 rpm383 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
REDLINE 6,500 rpm6,500 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 12.9 lb/hp11.4 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic8-speed automatic
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.54:1/1.97:13.54:1/2.02:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll barMultilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 12.9:112.9:1
BRAKES, F; R 14.2-in vented disc; 13.4-in vented disc, ABS14.8-in vented disc; 13.4-in vented disc, ABS
WHEELS, F;R 8.5 x 19-in; 9.5 x 19-in cast aluminum8.5 x 19-in; 9.5 x 19-in cast aluminum
TIRES, F;R 245/45R19 98W (M+S); 275/40R19 101W (M+S) Continental ContiProContact245/45R19 98W (M+S); 275/40R19 101W (M+S) Continental ContiProContact
WHEELBASE 124.4 in124.4 in
TRACK, F/R 64.6/64.5 in64.6/64.5 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 204.9 x 75.4 x 58.9 in204.9 x 75.4 x 58.9 in
TURNING CIRCLE 39.2 ft39.2 ft
CURB WEIGHT 4,693 lb4,802 lb
WEIGHT DIST, F/R 52/48%51/49%
HEADROOM, F/R 41.1/38.0 in41.1/38.0 in
LEGROOM, F/R 46.3/37.8 in46.3/37.8 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 59.1/57.9 in59.1/57.9 in
CARGO VOLUME 15.7 cu ft15.7 cu ft
0-30 1.9 sec1.9 sec
0-40 2.92.8
0-50 4.03.8
0-60 5.45.0
0-70 7.06.5
0-80 8.88.1
0-90 11.110.0
0-100 13.712.3
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.72.5
QUARTER MILE 13.9 sec @ 100.7 mph13.5 sec @ 104.5 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 117 ft119 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.83 g (avg)0.83 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.9 sec @ 0.67 g (avg)26.7 sec @ 0.68 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,600 rpm1,600 rpm
BASE PRICE $71,550$70,650
PRICE AS TESTED $71,550$70,650
AIRBAGS 9: Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain, driver knee9: Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain, driver knee
BASIC WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles5 yrs/60,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 10 yrs/100,000 miles10 yrs/100,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 5 yrs/Unlimited miles5 yrs/Unlimited miles
FUEL CAPACITY 21.9 gal21.9 gal
REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 17.1/26.2/20.2 mpgNot tested
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 17/24/20 mpg16/24/19 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 198/140 kW-hrs/100 miles211/140 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.99 lb/mile1.03 lb/mile
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premiumUnleaded premium


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