2020 G90 New Car Test Drive
The flagship 2020 Genesis G90 vies against some of the world's finest luxury automobiles. Rivals in the posh full-size, four-door class include the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Launched as a 2017 model, the Genesis G90 boasts a lower price, but isn't quite as loaded with contemporary technology as its German competitors.
Updates for the 2020 model year have given the G90 new body panels, except for the roof and doors. Leading the charge ahead is a freshly sculpted nose, dominated by a bold, shield-shaped, and silver-hued grille. Despite the venturesome design changes, the G90 remains largely understated in overall appearance.
Inside are premium materials, highlighted by a new horizontally-themed dashboard with a 12.3-inch touchscreen handling infotainment. Switches are chrome-plated. Double-stitched leather covers the center console, as well as the seats. Open-pore wood accents add to the high-end aura.
Trim levels are defined by their powertrains. 3.3T Premium models get a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that develops 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, while 5.0 Ultimate models feature a 5.0-liter V-8 with 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Both engines work with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. The power difference between the two engines isn't great, but the V-8 emits more enticing sounds.
Gas mileage is mediocre, at best. The V-6 sedan is EPA-rated at 17 mpg city, 25 highway, 20 combined, with either RWD or AWD. A G90 with the V-8 guzzles even more, at 16/24/19 mpg with RWD or 15/23/18 mpg with AWD. Premium gasoline is required.
Each G90 holds a cornucopia of active safety technology, including adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, and active lane control that can keep the car centered in its lane. A surround-view camera system is also included. A safe-exit system warns occupants not to leave the car when a vehicle or other object is approaching but hidden in the blind spot. Outward vision is good for a large sedan, but standard parking sensors can assist with parking maneuvers.
The IIHS named the G90 a Top Safety Pick Plus. It earned “Good” ratings for each crash test conducted. Headlights were judged “Good,” and the G90 earned a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention.
The Genesis G90 comes in 3.3T Premium and 5.0 Ultimate trim levels.
The 3.3T Premium costs $73,195 including destination and gets the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6. It also includes includes a 22-way power driver's seat, heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery, wood trim, three-zone climate control, wireless charging, a heated steering wheel, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The $76,695 5.0 Ultimate trim adds heated and cooled rear outboard seats, a 14-way power right rear seat, a 12-way power left rear seat, and two 10.3-inch monitors attached to the back of the front-seat headrests to serve as a rear-seat entertainment system.