2020 G80 New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Genesis G80 is the company's midsize luxury sedan, combining a collection of favorable attributes: strong power, a posh interior, a tasteful design, and exemplary safety. The only major change for the new model year is the collision-avoidance feature that's been added to the blind-spot monitors.
Launched for 2009 as the Hyundai Genesis, the G80 sedan became part of the new Genesis luxury brand in 2016. In addition to offering tangible luxury features, Genesis focuses on improving the dealership experience, ?? la Lexus.
Based on engine size, the G80 lineup includes the base 3.8, mid-level 3.3T Sport, and top-end 5.0 models. The 3.8 is offered in standard, Sport, or Ultimate form. The 3.3T comes only in Sport trim, while the 5.0 is offered only in Ultimate form.
The base 3.8-liter V-6 engine makes 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque, which will be sufficient for most buyers. In the 3.3T Sport, a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 whips up 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Adaptive dampers are standard, and 0-60 mph acceleration takes about 5.0 seconds. At the apex, the 5.0-liter V-8 in the 5.0 model generates 420 hp and 383 lb-ft. The V-8 delivers its power more smoothly, while emitting satisfying sounds.
Each engine mates with a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available for $2,500 on all models.
No G80 engine can be called fuel efficient, and most rivals are thriftier. With rear-drive, the 3.8-liter V-6 is EPA-rated at 18 mpg city, 26 highway, and 21 combined. All-wheel drive reduces the ratings to 18/24/20 mpg. Only the 3.8-liter runs on regular gasoline; its mates demand premium fuel.
With the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6, the G80 achieves 17/25/20 mpg with RWD, or 17/24/20 mpg with AWD. The 5.0-liter V-8 is rated at 16/24/19 mpg with RWD and 15/23/18 mpg with AWD.
Each G80 comes with a full array of active safety features standard, including forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. The new blind-spot collision-avoidance system can steer the car to safety during a lane-change maneuver, if another car is in the destination lane.
In addition to impressive safety technology, the G80 has performed admirably in crash-testing by the IIHS, which declared it a Top Safety Pick Plus, if equipped with optional LED headlights. It also earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
The 3.8 is priced from $43,545 including destination and, as its name implies, is powered by the 3.8-liter V-6. It comes with leather seating surfaces, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Infotainment features include an 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The $56,745 3.3T Sport gets the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 and adds sporty body detailing, adaptive dampers, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free power trunk lid, 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, Nappa leather, a 16-way power driver's seat, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a head-up display, a surround-view camera system, a 9.2-inch touchscreen, wireless charging, and a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system.
The 5.0 model costs $58,495 and steps up to the 5.0-liter V-8. It adds a suede headliner, quad exhaust outlets, and illuminated door sill plates, but omits some features found on the 3.3T Sport, such as the adaptive dampers and sport body kit.