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3.9 (Good)

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2021 2.5T 4dr 4x2
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Price:   -  From $48,900
2021 2.5T 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $54,650
2021 3.5T 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $59,650
2021 3.5T Advanced Plus 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $65,550


What's New

The newest luxury automaker on the block is still trying to build out its lineup to match the industry heavy hitters, and the new 2021 Genesis GV80 is the latest step in that direction. As Genesis' first crossover SUV, the GV80 is tasked with fighting off some highly lauded products in the hyper-competitive midsize luxury segment.

It doesn't come into this arena empty-handed, though. The GV80 rides on an all-new platform, utilizes all-new turbocharged engines, and boasts technology like active noise cancellation and an active electronic suspension that reads the roads ahead and prepares the suspension accordingly. There's also a full array of active safety features as standard and a touchscreen that dwarfs its major competitors. The GV80 makes a favorable first impression.

Choosing Your Genesis GV80

The Genesis GV80 is available in three trim levels: Standard, Advanced, and Prestige. The Standard GV80 starts at $49,925 including destination, while pricing climbs to $58,075 for the Prestige.

Engine Choices

Genesis is introducing two new engine options for the GV80: a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. Each is offered on all three trims.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.5L Turbo 4-Cylinder300 hp311 lb-ft23 mpg
3.5L Twin-Turbo V6375 hp391 lb-ft20 mpg

Both engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5-liter comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive. The V6 gets standard AWD.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Five-passenger seating is standard on the GV80 on most models, but a power-folding third row is an option for buyers who choose the 3.5-liter engine, bringing passenger capacity to seven.

Exact interior dimensions, such as leg room and cargo capacity, are yet to be disclosed. We'll update this space when we know more.

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Safety Features

The GV80 is comprehensive in its safety equipment. Every model rolls off the assembly line with features like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a driver attention monitor.

There's also lane change assist, which will automatically make a highway lane change when the signal is activated, as well as an adaptive cruise control system that uses AI technology to learn and mimic the owner's driving style.

The IIHS and NHTSA haven't yet crash tested a GV80.


Every GV80 comes standard with a 14.5-inch split-screen display that handles all the climate and radio functions. Buttons were intentionally kept to a minimum in the spirit of minimalist design, meaning most inputs need to be fed through the Genesis Integrated Controller. This combined rotary knob and writing pad offers both handwriting recognition as well as dial control.

The Genesis infotainment software comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Bluetooth, satellite radio, and capability for subscription-based cloud services. Two USB ports for each of the first two rows are also standard.

Genesis GV80

Standard - From $49,925

The entry-level GV80 Standard gets numerous standard features, such as 19-inch wheels, LED lights, a 12-speaker audio system, leatherette upholstery, and heated front seats. An 8-inch LCD driver information display, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a handsfree tailgate round out the niceties. Mechanical features include a self-leveling suspension and multiple drive modes.

Opting for all-wheel drive also brings additional features like a panoramic roof, manual rear sunshades, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and wireless device charging. Buyers who choose the 3.5-liter engine also get an adaptive suspension, 20-inch wheels, and larger front brakes.

Advanced - From $53,825

Moving into the Advanced trim brings all the additional equipment found in the all-wheel drive Standard along with a 21-speaker audio system. The AWD Advanced also includes 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a blind-spot camera monitor, automatic parking assist, and a surround-view camera.

Choosing the 3.5-liter engine additionally adds a head-up display and an electronic adaptive suspension. It also allows buyers to choose the Advanced Plus, which brings the aforementioned third row.

Prestige - From $58,075

The Prestige trim includes all the equipment found on an all-wheel-drive Advanced, plus heated rear seats, three-zone climate control, and a power thigh extension for the driver's seat. An AWD Prestige further gets a head-up display, 22-inch wheels, an electronic adaptive suspension, and active road noise cancellation.

Choose the 3.5-liter Prestige to get the most luxurious GV80. It adds Nappa leather upholstery, power soft-close doors, second-row vanity mirrors, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.

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CarsDirect Tip

The best value in the 2021 Genesis GV80 lineup is either the rear-wheel-drive Advanced or an all-wheel-drive Standard with the 2.5-liter engine. Both of these include plenty of amenities to coddle and comfort at a price point that's hard to beat, making the costly 3.5-liter models that much harder to justify.

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Expert Review

  • Exquisite styling
  • Spacious 2nd row
  • Incredibly quiet cabin
  • Great value
  • Hard-to-reach touchscreen
  • Poor placement of infotainment dial
  • Limited third-row option
Expert Rating
3.9 (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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Distinctive design of its own. With so many crossovers SUVs on the market, they all sort of blend together. That’s not the case with the all-new 2021 Genesis GV80, which takes its own path with a bold design.

The massive crest-shaped grille and quad LED headlights create an unmistakable front end. The split design of the taillights, raked rear windshield, and large dual exhaust outlets are standout elements at the back. But it’s not just the front and rear ends that are stylish – it’s also about the little things. The body line that connects the headlights to the taillights, the short overhangs, and the smart placement of chrome on specific parts of the body help the GV80 look more upscale than its rivals.

While the GV80 is sporty and muscular on the outside, it’s a first-class hotel on the inside. The elongated design of the dashboard, extended center console, and unique steering wheel give it a look that’s unlike anything else. It’s also about the little details on the inside, as the majority of switchgear has a knurled machine finish and the mix of interior color schemes is a high-end touch.

No need for options. Between the GV80’s well-equipped trim levels, you won’t be searching for any optional features. Even the base trim comes better equipped than the majority of rivals in the midsize class, maintaining Genesis’ track record for offering some of the best value options.

The standard GV80 comes with a 14.5-inch touchscreen, a handsfree power tailgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, 19-inch alloy wheels, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, and heated front seats. The trim also comes with an impressive suite of advanced safety features and an unmatched 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

While normally not the case for luxury vehicles, the range-topping Prestige trim is the most value-packed option in the GV80 lineup. Nappa leather upholstery, a 21-speaker Lexicon audio system, a 12.3-inch 3D digital instrument cluster, a suede headliner, power-closing doors, and active noise cancellation are all standard. While the trim costs over $70,000, getting a similarly equipped vehicle from a competitor would be even more expensive.

Genesis GV80

Supremely comfortable and quiet. Unless you’re in the available third row, which is only offered on the GV80 3.5T Advanced Plus trim, chances are that you’re going to be incredibly comfortable. Offering more interior space than the majority of other midsize crossovers, the GV80’s seats urge passengers to stretch out and get comfortable.

In addition to having some of the most comfortable seats in the class, the GV80 has one of the quietest cabins of any SUV on sale. It becomes even quieter with the available Prestige trim, which comes with active noise cancellation. Using its audio system and microphone, the GV80 uses inverted sound waves to cancel out road and wind noise. The result is a hushed cabin.

Satisfying powertrains. Most midsize crossovers and SUVs are available with high-performance V8 engines, but the GV80 lacks a performance variant like its mostly German rivals. Instead, it comes with two turbocharged motors that aren’t exciting, but offer a good amount of power.

The standard turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 300 horsepower. For the most part, the four-cylinder feels powerful enough once moving, but it can struggle to get the hefty GV80 off the line in a hurry. The available twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine is a more refined and better choice. It produces a more fitting 375 hp and brings much better performance.

Final Thoughts. The 2021 Genesis GV80 may be the automaker’s first attempt at a crossover, but the vehicle feels like an incredible option from a well-established brand. Not only does it continue to offer everything Genesis is known for – a long warranty, excellent value, and a handsome design – it also brings a supremely opulent and quiet cabin.

We only have minor gripes with the GV80. Its powertrains aren’t as powerful as ones available on German rivals. Additionally, its infotainment screen can be tricky to use, as the touchscreen is hard to reach and the dial sits in a bad spot.

If you’re looking for a sportier and more powerful midsize crossover, the BMW X5 is a better option. It’s available with more powerful engines, is more engaging to drive, and is available in high-performance trims. The X5 also offers similar tech features to the GV80 and is offered with a third row of seats throughout the lineup as an option.

The Volvo XC90 is a comfortable, safety-forward midsize crossover. Just like the GV80, it’s more focused on being a comfortable vehicle instead of offering sporty performance. The XC90 comes with a similar amount of tech features, a similarly spacious interior, but is available with a plug-in hybrid engine.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 300 HP / 311 ft.lbs.
8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 25 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
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
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 25 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum
Fuel Tank
21.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
194.7 "
Exterior Width
77.8 "
Exterior Height
67.5 "
Front Headroom
40.2 "
Rear Headroom
38.4 "
Front Legroom
41.6 "
Rear Legroom
38.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
60.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,707 Lbs.
Wheel Base
116 "
Turning Radius
19.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
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
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
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
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors) / Keyfob And Smart Device-as-key
Power Outlets
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
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist 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
Foward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) W/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 (pdw) Front And Rear / Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
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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