Where Did We Drive It?
Vegas, baby! We headed out from our home offices in Los Angeles to Sin City two times this month in our 2017 Genesis G90. Ron Montoya went to check out an Evo fighting game tournament, and Cameron Rogers fired up our big luxury sedan for a weekend of rest and relaxation. Smart guys, Ron and Cameron, since I can think of no better car in our fleet right now for driving multiple hours on the highway.
You'll find their comments interspersed among more general observations from the rest of the team this month. Overall, it would seem that our 2017 Genesis is continuing to earn praise as we steam past 9,000 miles on the odometer.
Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Genesis G90 spent a spell away from Edmunds intergalactic headquarters during the month of June, serving as steed for our esteemed Fresno-based editor. After that it returned to the Los Angeles basin to whisk an editor's parents to Father's Day festivities.
In all, it covered 1,268 miles in June, which is on the lean side — our monthly target for long-term vehicles is closer to 1,700 miles. Certainly the G90 deserved this respite considering its mammoth May mileage of some 2,800 miles.
Our 2017 Genesis G90 earned its keep in May, as we logged nearly 2,900 miles behind the wheel.
Most of those miles were put on when Senior Road Test Editor Jonathan Elfalan took the G90 up to Northern California to attend an event. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, yours truly added a few hundred miles on a quick drive to Palm Springs while the rest of the month was mostly commuting.
The G90 continues to impress team Edmunds as we become more accustomed to its personality and powertrain. At the same time, this familiarity also makes it tough to overlook some of the vehicle's quirks and shortcomings.
There were a few long weekend drives logged in our 2017 Genesis G90, but the big event for the month involved a drive out to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, one morning and running it through Edmunds' instrumented testing regimen.
The G90 impresses with its road comfort, extremely well equipped cabin and the low-end torque that pours out of its twin-turbo V6 engine, a characteristic that makes us wonder why Genesis bothers offering a V8. But we always want to qualify our driver-seat perceptions with data to see how a car stacks up against its competition.
Unsurprisingly, this Genesis is as quick as it feels, and it holds its own against comparably powered European offerings — it breaks 60 mph from a standstill in under 5.5 seconds. We won't spoil the full results that'll come in a "Performance Tested" post soon.
Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Genesis G90 had a pretty mild first month as we eased through the break-in period. Mostly, it handled daily commuting duties, with one weekend getaway a hundred-some miles up the California coastline. In that time, we've started to form an impression of the big Genesis, which boils down to "we're mostly impressed, but the twin-turbo V6 isn't anyone's favorite engine."
Now that the engine's broken in, future updates will tell whether liberal application of the go pedal changes our opinion of the engine — or our already-worse-than-EPA-estimate fuel economy.
As we mentioned in the G90's introduction, it's priced in direct competition with our Lincoln Continental. There's some disagreement in the office as to which we'd buy if it was our money on the line, but at least one editor is in the bag for the Genesis (who has two thumbs and is typing this post?).
What Did We Get?
The names "Genesis" and "G90" probably don't ring a bell. The first one isn't new, but it is being used in a new way. Up until last year, Genesis was the model name for Hyundai's midsize luxury sedan. Now, it's the name for Hyundai's luxury brand. The G90 is the brand's biggest and most expensive model while the sedan formerly known as the Genesis has been renamed the G80.
The G90 is actually a successor to the Equus flagship sedan that was also sold under the Hyundai name prior to last year. In its transition to a Genesis, the G90 received a complete redesign that gave it a handsome new look, a thoroughly upgraded interior and a potent twin-turbo V6 engine. There's also an optional V8 and a choice of either rear- or all-wheel drive.
Being an all-new car from an all-new brand makes the G90 a perfect candidate for our long-term fleet. It should be a solid indicator of how serious the Genesis brand will compete right out of the gate, not to mention how far the car itself has progressed compared to its Hyundai-branded predecessor.