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Expert Rating
3.7 (Good)

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2021 2.5T 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $47,700
2021 2.5T 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $50,850
2021 3.5T 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $59,100
2021 3.5T 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $62,250

Overview

What's New

The 2021 Genesis G80 launches this sedan’s second generation. Completely new from the ground up, the G80 redesign shares its platform with the all-new Genesis GV80 SUV. The changes go beyond a fresh exterior and a new cabin to include updated safety and technology equipment, as well as new powertrain choices.

Choosing Your Genesis G80

Genesis offers the 2021 G80 in four trims with each one based on the engine and drivetrain combination: 2.5T I4 RWD, 2.5T I4 AWD, 3.5T V6 RWD, and 3.5T V6 AWD. Prices range from $48,705 to $63,275, including the destination charge.

Engine Choices

The Genesis G80 comes with a pair of engine choices. Both are turbocharged and work with either rear- or all-wheel drive. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Also available is a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine. Both engines send power to the wheels utilizing an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.5L Turbo I4300 hp311 lb-ft26 mpg
3.5L Turbo V6375 hp391 lb-ft22 mpg

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The spacious Genesis G80 seats five individuals comfortably. Two passengers in the back is ideal, but three adults is manageable thanks to 38.7 inches of rear legroom.

Trunk space, however, is another matter. With just 13.1 cubic feet available, that’s smaller than what some compact models offer. A temporary spare tire is located under the floor.

Genesis G80

Safety Features

Every G80 comes with a long list of standard driver-assist safety features. These include blind-spot collision avoidance assist, forward collision-avoidance assist, smart (adaptive) cruise control, and highway driving assist.

In addition, Genesis supplies a remote-smart parking assistant, which helps self park the vehicle while the driver is inside or remotely by means of the key fob.

Connectivity

Genesis equips the 2021 G80 with a 14.5-inch touch-screen display and an 8-inch color cluster display. A 12.3-inch 3D instrument cluster is available.

A 12-speaker audio package with HD Radio, satellite radio, and integrated navigation comes standard. Genesis also includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, and three USB ports.

Genesis G80

2.5T I4 – From $48,705

Genesis equips the standard model with full LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, dual power-folding and heated side mirrors, approach lights, rain-sensing wipers, and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Inside, the seats are wrapped in imitation leather. A 12-way power driver and front passenger seat with 4-way lumbar support, heated front seats, imitation leather trim with glossy black trim, dual-zone climate control, and a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column come standard.

Add $3,150 for all-wheel drive.

3.5T V6 – From $60,125

Besides adding a V6 engine, this trim comes with a few additional features, including 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a panoramic power tilt-and-slide roof.

Inside, this model gains real leather-covered seats and surfaces, ventilated front seats, and real wood trim.

Add $3,150 for all-wheel drive.

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CarsDirect Tip

Although the standard engine offers adequate power, the V6 seems more suitable for this sedan. The extra power is noticeable throughout the band curve, enabling this sedan to keep up with the best of the German competitors. The upgraded engine also brings in such amenities as larger wheels, real hides, and real wood trim.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Handsome styling
  • Lovely interior
  • Great features
  • Compelling price point
Cons
  • No sporty flavor
  • Transmission doesn't like downshifts
  • Lacks name recognition
Expert Rating
3.7 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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What's in a name? Per the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Genesis is defined as "the origin or coming into being of something." It's an apt name for Hyundai's luxury arm. Genesis the brand is a newcomer on the expensive car scene, all of six years old, and throughout its short existence has spawned a lineup of compelling automobiles that likely has Mercedes execs nervous.

After a few teething moments with early cars, the latest models lack nothing but heritage and name recognition. The new G80 sedan, which plays in the midsize sandbox with the formidable Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series, typifies how much the marque has matured over the years. New styling finally gives the car an upscale and completely unique, brand-defining look; the interior follows suit with rich materials and elegantly-integrated tech; two potent powertrains provide the thrust.

From the first glance, it's clear that the G80 is the result of carefully-laid plans and a strong drive to win. Genesis may have already been around a half-decade, but only now - between this and the GV80 SUV which also debuted this year - does the brand feel like it's finally taking off. Coming into being, indeed.

Classy digs. The old G80 made the cardinal sin of having an interior that was just nice. It wasn't bleeding edge, outrageous, or antiquated. It didn't merit superlatives, didn't spark conversation. Now it's already forgotten as we and the rest of the industry fawn over the new G80's cabin.

The new-look is thoroughly modern, with a wide dash that stretches unbroken from the passenger door to the gauge cluster. Most buttons have been tossed away, their functionality now integrated into the infotainment system; those that remain occupy a small space below the span of trim running the length of the dash. It makes for an exceedingly clean look without much of an ergonomic cost.

The pretty cabin is more than skin-deep. Every surface is covered in quality textiles befitting a Mercedes or Audi. Pressing, twisting, or prodding the switchgear returns reassuring sensations of heft and precision mechanical connection, even if it's all computerized. The stellar quality is the only part of the G80 that feels copied from its competition, which shows that the brand has finally figured out how to impress on its own merit.

The 14.5-inch touchscreen - standard on all models - is the codpiece of the cabin. It looks like Genesis pillaged it from a Best Buy warehouse of micro TVs. It sits wide and dominant atop the dash, showcasing sharp, crisp images and graphics. Control it by your finger, your voice, or by the console-mounted rotary dial. We'd choose one of the former two choices as the dial sits a little too flush with its surrounding trim and can be tricky to operate.

As for the infotainment software itself, it works better than most luxury infotainments. A simple menu structure with few drill-downs should make it fairly easy to learn, and its hyper-fast response should be adequate in this era of instant gratification. We did find the icons on the screen to be too small for our liking, however, something that becomes a pain when you're reaching to tap an icon on the far right corner of the wide screen.


Genesis G80

Gutsy engines. Two engines are available in the G80: a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. They don't break any new ground, instead focusing on meeting after the usual luxury-car standard of offering lots of power at the tickle of the gas pedal. We like them both, though they don't woo us like the creamy inline-sixes peddled by BMW and Mercedes.

As for the 2.5-liter four, it makes an even 300 horsepower - more than the base engines of its competitive set. That advantage, coupled with the fact that the 2021 G80 weighs nearly 250 pounds less than the outgoing model, keeps the base car feeling relatively spritely.

The 3.5-liter twin-turbo should by all accounts be a low-key sleeper, thanks to its 375 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. But the impressive output is let down by an eight-speed transmission that is reluctant to dive to a lower gear even when pressed to do so. Despite the drive modes' influence on the shifting algorithms, the gearbox prefers more sedate driving to sportier thrills. This is also the case on the 2.5T engine, but it's more of a letdown here. Chalk it up to more horsepower, higher expectations, greater disappointment.

That leads us to our next quibble: the dynamism of the chassis doesn't have the natural talent of, say, the E-Class. While the Benz has a spectrum of personalities as wide as Montana, the Genesis is still a largely one-trick affair. The G80's various driving modes, rather than change its demeanor, only alter its mood. And mildly at that. You'll never waft, and nor will you ever carve corners.

We think there's hope yet for the G80, especially considering the talent pool that Hyundai corporate has amassed and the first few dedicated sporting cars the company has recently rolled out. For those who don't prioritize such things, the G80 has the refined, composed ride that epitomizes luxury - but it isn't quite as superb as the E-Class.

Modern safety and features. The G80 rounds itself out with a long list of technology that should appeal to any modern buyer. Unlike some of its competition, the G80 gets a full complement of active-safety driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and automatic high-beam LED headlights.

Blind-spot monitors are also standard but can be upgraded so that they stream camera footage into a screen within the dash. It provides a clear and full view of what's happening just beyond your line of sight.

Optional driver aids include the usual headlining features: a surround-view camera system, active parking assist, a head-up display, and rear automatic emergency braking. There's also adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous feature on offer as well.

As for available amenities, all options are bundled into a few big-dollar packages that come with a mountain of features, such as a 12.3-inch digital dash, wireless device charging, a 21-speaker audio system, and a panoramic roof. We'd pay up - even a well-equipped Genesis is still thousands less than a comparably equipped model from a legacy luxury brand.

Final thoughts. Is the G80 perfect? Hard to say - how high is your bar in this segment? The G80 does nearly everything right - it has a handsome fastback style, its interior is stylish and modern, the equipment levels are generous, the price is great. Our only nitpicks concern the powertrains - we'd love to see a more responsive transmission and a set of more individualized drive modes.

That's an admittedly minor quibble, and considering the G80's substantial savings compared to traditional players, we're fine sacrificing a bit of sporty character. The more important stuff - the interior, the features, the quality - hasn't been overlooked, making 2021 Genesis G80 the real McCoy. Along with the GV80, the real genesis of Genesis starts right here.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 300 HP / 311 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd SHIFTRONIC w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 32 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 300 HP / 311 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 32 / 27 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Multi-link
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum
Fuel Tank
17.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$66
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
104 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
196.5 "
Exterior Width
75.8 "
Exterior Height
57.7 "
Front Headroom
41.1 " / 39.4 "
Rear Headroom
38.1 "
Front Legroom
42.5 "
Rear Legroom
38.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,957 Lbs.
Wheel Base
119 "
Turning Radius
19.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Adaptive Bucket (driver Only)
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
12 / 21 Lexicon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors) / Keyfob And Smart Device-as-key
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) W/junction Turning Forward Collision Mitigation W/left Turn Assist
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind-spot Collision-avoidance Assist (bca) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist (lka) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Highway Driving Assist Ii (hda Ii) Hands-on (with Lane Change) Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parking Distance Warning Front And Rear / Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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