2017 Genesis G90: Monthly Update for August 2017
by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Road Test Engineer
Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Genesis G90 stayed local in Los Angeles during August, venturing only to Beverly Hills, Los Angeles proper, Orange County and the San Fernando Valley. No long road trips for which this car is presumably well-suited. Nevertheless, it garnered a wide range of impressions with our editors and the general public.
One pleasant surprise this month was learning just how well-suited the Genesis G90 is to pet-hauling duty. That's no joke — it really is ideal for larger, elderly dogs with special needs. In fact, our Genesis was featured in a car-shopping article this month for exactly that reason.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
With all of the city driving during August, the Genesis G90 returned 17.7 mpg this month, which is its second-lowest monthly result yet. Its lifetime average fuel economy felt the blow, dipping 0.2 mpg compared to its running tally one month ago. On the plus side, the G90 is still surpassing the fuel economy of its city rating, and there have been several fills in the low to mid-20s.
Average lifetime mpg: 18.6
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (17 city/24 highway)
Best fill mpg: 28.5
Best range: 414.3 miles
Current odometer: 10,458 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
The G90 went in for an oil change and tire rotation this month to the tune of $109.55.
"The Genesis is an ideal car for my elderly, 52-pound dog, Mya. She has a very hard time walking due to joint issues and cancer, so I need to use a ramp to load her into any vehicle. The Genesis' low seat height (compared to, say, any SUV or crossover) keeps the ramp angle shallow so Mya can more easily amble up the ramp. Plus, the big sedan has long rear doors that provide a large aperture, which also eases access. Its retractable sunshades are great for keeping her cool. Oh, and backseat vents! When out of the car, Mya gets around in a stroller. This stroller doesn't pack down much when it's time to schlep it, but the Genesis' huge trunk swallows the stroller and ramp like it was designed for them. I don't think there's a better car for dogs out there!" — Caroline Pardilla, senior copy editor
"We're approaching the 10,000-mile mark and, if anything, I'm growing fonder of our G90. In particular, the cushy suspension is refreshing. Hyundai — er, Genesis — understands that a car like this doesn't have to corner like a sport coupe, and that empowered the suspension engineers to dial in a magic-carpet ride. I love the way this thing wafts down the highway. Great sound insulation, too. The road-trip game is strong with this one." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"Let's talk about climate control. Automatic recirculation, to be precise. One would presume that such a system would automatically switch to recirc mode when it detects nasties in the air. Well, all I can tell you is that the Genesis — when in auto recirc mode — did absolutely nothing to prevent the stench of a particularly foul Lancia Fulvia from entering the cabin. I had to manually switch it to recirc. Which is no big deal, but then what good is having automatic recirc?" — Jason Kavanagh, senior road test engineer
"The Bluetooth in the G90 has a strange quirk that I haven't seen in any other vehicle I've recently driven. If you're streaming audio and using Waze navigation, you won't hear the voice prompts. It'll just pause the other audio when the voice would be speaking. I even tried it with Google Maps and the same thing happened. The Bluetooth module somehow gets confused with the secondary audio playing over the music." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor
"Powertrain refinement is one of the few categories in which the G90 can't match the big German cruisers. The V6 vibrates mildly but palpably when you're hard on the throttle; try an Audi supercharged or turbocharged V6 and you'll feel the difference. And the Hyundai-designed eight-speed automatic transmission isn't always buttery smooth. Occasionally it'll bang a shift, and I use 'bang' loosely — what I mean is that certain shift transitions are abrupt and transmit their proceedings to the cabin, whereas the German rivals just edit all of that out. Now, I love the optional 5.0-liter V8 from my brief time with it; I doubt I'd be complaining about refinement there. But the transmission leaves room for improvement either way. Genesis still has a little work to do." — Josh Sadlier
"Arrrgh! The transmission selector is, at times, infuriating. Under certain circumstances, it just plain refuses to go into R or D, instead popping itself into Neutral. I tried parallel parking in this thing and it bounced into N about four times in a row before finally staying in R. Then when trying to select D, it again went into N twice. It's enough to make a grown man hurl profanity at an inanimate object." — Jason Kavanagh
"An older man who saw me exiting the G90, pulled up next to me and asked, 'How do you like your car?' After explaining that it wasn't my car, I told him that I was a fan of this G90. It is comfortable, looks good and offers a ton of features for the price. 'I was considering buying one of those,' said the man. This was a strong statement, coming from someone who was driving a late-model 7 Series. I didn't get a chance to ask him why he wouldn't want another BMW, but it got me thinking about Hyundai's decision to change the brand. Would he have given the G90 a second look if it had an 'H' badge on it?" — Ron Montoya