The Genesis G90 is the flagship sedan for Hyundai's new premium luxury brand, but we expect most buyers will recognize it as the old Hyundai Equus. Blessed with a soft, comfortable ride and an impressive array of standard equipment, the Genesis G90 remains too new to carry the luxury cache of rivals from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. But if you can get over that, it's a fine large luxury sedan to drive or be driven in.

Pricing and Equipment

Prices for the Genesis G90 begin at $69,050 for a rear-wheel-drive 3.3T Premium, while the Ultimate model and its 5.0-liter V8 starts at $70,650. Neither model has any options or option packages, while all-wheel-drive is available on both trims for an additional $2,500. Our 3.3T AWD Premium tester came with a laundry list of standard features including:

  • Nappa leather seats (heated and cooled in front, heated in back)
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system
  • Lexicon 17-speaker, 900-watt, 12-channel, surround-sound audio system
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
  • Memory system for front seats (22-way driver, 16-way passenger), outside mirrors, and steering column
  • Leather-wrapped power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Moonroof
  • Wireless device charging
  • Keyless push-button start
  • Adaptive suspension with electronic dampers
  • Power rear window and rear side window sunshades
  • Rear fold-down armrest with built-in climate and audio controls

The Ultimate trim adds full LED headlights with dynamic bending light, ventilated, powered rear seats with outboard memory, power rear headrests, and illuminated rear seat vanity mirrors.

Standard active safety features include front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera, overhead camera, driver attention alert, automatic headlights with high-beam assist, lane keep assist, blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist, adaptive cruise control with start/stop, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

The Genesis G90 comes with two engine choices. The Premium has a 365 horsepower, twin-turbocharged, 3.3-liter V6. Ultimate models receive a 420 horsepower, direct injection, 5.0-liter V8. Both are matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode.

Performance Pros

Genesis G90
  • Though it's on the soft side, the ride is well-controlled as the G90 seems to float above pot holes and other road imperfections.
  • Plenty of power from the 3.3-liter V6 for merging and passing on freeways.
  • Double sound-proof glass and an abundance of sound insulation make for serene around-town and freeway cruising.
  • All-wheel-drive option should satisfy owners who live where the snow flies.

Performance Cons

  • The suspension, tuned for highway cruising, means the G90 feels big, ponderous, and detached on twisty roads.
  • The steering system lacks weight, as well as the crispness and feedback found in European luxury sedans.
  • Like most large sedans, the G90 isn't going to win over the green car set with EPA estimates of just 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg highway, and a combined rating of 20 mpg. After a week's worth of mild suburban driving, the on-board computer claimed we were netting 20.4 miles per gallon.

Interior Pros

  • The front seats are some of the most comfortable we've ever tested. The 16-way passenger seat includes power lumbar, while the driver's seat's 22-way adjustability covers the lumbar, shoulders, bolsters, and lower cushion.
  • Not surprisingly, rear-seat legroom is also generous at 37.8 inches, or two inches more than the Lexus LS 460.
  • The G90's 17-speaker Lexicon audio system is among the best in a vehicle that costs under $100,000. Audiophiles should take note.
  • Interior fit and finish is first class, with Nappa leather, Alcantara, and real metal and wood trim.

Interior Cons

Genesis G90
  • Premium models don't offer reclining rear seats.
  • A rear seat entertainment system isn't offered.
  • Chauffeured, on-the-go executives will note the lack of rear fold-out tables
  • Button-heavy dash and center console takes some getting used to.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Yes, the ride is smooth and it's an ideal highway cruiser, but the suspension pales in comparison to the G90's Lexicon audio system, which is an absolute revelation in high-end sound.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The G90's tendency to lean heavily during cornering detracts from what is, for the most part, a very smooth, stable ride.

The Bottom Line

Those not hung up on traditional luxury labels should put the Genesis G90 on their consideration lists. Remarkably comfortable and well equipped, it's the latest take on a formula pioneered by the original Lexus LS – style, comfort, and equipment that undercuts Germany's best luxury sedans.