2019 G90 New Car Test Drive
Though hardly budget-priced, the 2019 Genesis G90 full-size luxury sedan spells value for shoppers who may not be concerned with value at all.
Quiet and serene, the G90 is a remarkably comfortable full-size luxury sedan, at a comparatively low price. Rather than a well-done imitation of a luxury sedan, the G90 is more like a benchmark that others might be wise to follow.
Genesis introduced the G90 along with its mid-size G80 sibling as a 2017 model. Nothing of consequence has changed for the 2019 model year; a major update comes in the 2020 model year.
As before, the G90 comes in two trim levels: 3.3T Premium and 5.0 Ultimate, differentiated mainly by engine type. The 3.3T version is equipped with a turbo V-6 and just about all the comforts and conveniences a reasonable driver could covet. The G90 5.0 upgrades to V-8 power, adding a complement of back-seat luxury features.
Powertrain specifications are identical to those for the mid-size G80 sedan. The 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 develops 365 horsepower and 36 pound-feet of torque. In the 5.0 Ultimate, a 5.0-liter V-8 generates 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet. Both engines work with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for an additional $2,500.
Not many cars have achieved comparably impressive safety status as the G90, though crash-test ratings are not yet complete.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2019 sedan a Top Safety Pick+, because of its combination of a spotless crash-test record, standard active-safety features, and exceptional headlights. All crash-tests earned a “Good” rating, as did the available headlights.
The IIHS also issued a “Superior” rating for frontal crash prevention, thanks in part to standard automatic emergency braking. The agency noted that the system, which includes pedestrian detection, avoided collision at 12 mph and 25 mph.
Federal testers at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have not yet crash-tested and evaluated the G90.
Every Genesis G90 is equipped with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, and a driver-attention alert.
Outward vision is generally good, despite its sizable dimensions. Standard parking sensors can help the driver maneuver into tight spaces..
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
3.3T Premium ($69,350 with rear-drive, $71,850 with all-wheel drive) is well-equipped with a twin-turbo V-6, Nappa leather, 22-way power driver's seat, heated/cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, microfiber suede headliner, 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, active-safety features, and power door closers.
5.0 Ultimate ($73,850 with rear-drive, $76,350 with all-wheel drive) steps up to the 5.0-liter V-8 engine, while adding power-adjustable, cooled rear seats; a rear-seat entertainment system with 10.3-inch monitors; and rear vanity mirrors..