Hyundai's top-echelon products from 2016 are now sold under the Genesis brand, an all-new luxury marque. Last year’s Hyundai Equus is this year’s Genesis G90, while the previous Hyundai Genesis sedan is now the Genesis G80. For 2017, the Hyundai Genesis coupe has been canceled.
Besides its luxury stance, the Genesis brand is big on value. Its current two-model product line will gradually expand to at least six models over the coming three years.
What's New for 2017
While the 2017 Genesis G80 is in principle a new model for a new brand, it is in practice a continuation of the 2016 Hyundai Genesis sedan. When compared on that basis, the latest model includes as standard equipment some items previously offered optionally.
Most changes are in the safety department. Specifically, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist are now standard. You’ll also find Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility this year.
Choosing Your Genesis G80
Genesis offers a pair of engine choices for the 2017 G80. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that features paddle shifters.
The standard engine is a 3.8-liter V6 making 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available. This model makes an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway when equipped with rear-wheel drive, and 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway for all-wheel drive.
The optional 5-liter V8 engine makes 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This model offers only rear-wheel drive and makes an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
The 2017 G80 offers a long list of standard equipment. On the safety front, the standard equipment list includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist and lane departure warning, high beam assist, smart cruise control, electronic braking with automatic vehicle hold, and an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system with rearview camera.
With all-wheel drive offered only with the V6 engine, your shopping decision is eased if you want that particular drivetrain. Add in the Ultimate package and you’ll pay about $1,000 less than the similarly equipped G80 5.0 RWD model.