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Genesis G90 Review

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The G90 is the flagship of Hyundai's new Genesis luxury brand. When the car was first introduced (in 2011 as the Hyundai Equus), we considered it perhaps eight-tenths of a premium-branded luxury sedan for about two-thirds of the price. The latest G90, though, gives up very little compared to the competition yet still costs a fraction of what you'll pay for the typical BMW or Mercedes.

In addition to its long warranty and epic list of standard equipment, the G90's migration to the Genesis brand brings other amenities such as free maintenance with valet service. What hasn't changed is the substance of the car. The Genesis G90 is a convincing luxury sedan that invites buyers to question just how much they are willing to pay for a better-known badge.

Current Genesis G90
Genesis sells the G90 in two models, 3.3T Premium and 5.0 Ultimate. Aside from engines, equipment levels are similar (or perhaps we should say similarly lavish), with full leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, navigation and a 17-speaker Lexicon sound system. The 5.0 Ultimate adds power-adjustable reclining and ventilated rear seats and a rear-seat entertainment system. Other than a choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive, there are no options. That might be a refreshing difference between the G90 and traditional luxury cars, which can drown their buyers in extra-cost add-ons.

The G90 3.3T Premium is powered by a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 that produces 365 horsepower, while the G90 5.0 Ultimate gets a 420-hp 5.0 liter V8. Both engines employ an eight-speed automatic. Fuel economy ratings are similar, so expect somewhere around 18 to 20 mpg in combined driving, depending on the drivetrain.

Inside, the G90 is as prestigious as any well-known luxury brand. Sure, there's a bit of plastic switchgear here and there, and the heavily lacquered wood (which is genuine) looks a bit more like plastic than it ought to. Legroom is abundant, and the adjustable rear seats on the 5.0 Ultimate are a relaxing way to pass those long, boring highway miles (assuming you can talk someone else into driving). True, the G90 misses out on some of the high-tech geegaws found in other high-end luxury brands, such as night vision cameras, interior perfumers and things like that. But in terms of fit, finish and refinement, the Genesis G90 gives away nothing to its more expensive and more famous luxury competitors.

The G90 is a good performer. Acceleration is strong and confident, and the ride is quiet and serene. Handling is stable, but it's no sport sedan. Then again, it's not supposed to be. Some people will scoff at the lack of pedigree, but astute drivers will relish knowing they paid tens of thousands of dollars less for a car that's nearly as good.

Used Genesis G90 models
The G90 was introduced along with the Genesis brand for the 2017 model year. Before then, it was sold as the virtually identical Hyundai Equus.

Read the most recent 2018 Genesis G90 review.

If you are looking for older years, visit our used Genesis G90 page.


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