Monthly Update for December 2017 - 2017 Genesis G90

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2017 Genesis G90: Monthly Update for December 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Genesis G90 spent the vast majority of December handling our general commuting duties. I made a few trips up to the high desert region of Southern California, but otherwise it was business as usual. The big G90 continues to deliver a comfortable and quiet ride.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We logged 2,980 miles in December and used 163.6 gallons of premium unleaded. Those figures give it a monthly average of 18.2 mpg, which is well below our lifetime average but close enough to the EPA combined estimate. This little dip wasn't enough to affect our lifetime average, though.

Average lifetime mpg: 19.2
EPA mpg rating: 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway)
Best fill mpg: 28.5
Best range: 488.9 miles
Current odometer: 17,902 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights
Comfort
"I've been noticing that car seats have been getting firmer in terms of cushioning. In many ways, it seems like manufacturers are adopting Audi's construction by concentrating more on the shape of the seats rather than masking them with pillowy compliance. Not the Genesis. Nope. This is old-school soft cushioning. Compared to other luxury sedans, it feels like you sink into the seat, almost like an Eames lounge chair. That's neither a good thing nor bad. I suppose it just comes down to what you prefer. These seats are plenty comfortable, for sure." — Mark Takahashi, senior writer

2017 Genesis G90

"Multiple-zone climate control is pretty much a standard feature for large sedans like the G90. Its tri-zone system provides separate temperature controls for each of the front seat occupants, while passengers in the back can fight amongst themselves for weather mastery.

"Most cars allow for a single fan speed for those in front. But the G90, like many other top-tier luxury sedans, offers two fan speeds for maximum comfort. It's great for me and my fiancée. I'm always a bit warm, and even when it's cool outside I'll keep the fan at full blast, just below 70 degrees. She likes wafting warm air anytime there's a cloud in the sky. The G90's setup ensures we both get what we want.

"I'm not sure our editors noticed the G90's separate fan speeds in the G90-Continental comparison. If so, the win for the climate portion of the Comfort section might have gone to the Genesis." — Cameron Rogers, staff writer

Technology-Audio
"Here's something that bugged me that is more of a knock against Apple than Hyundai/Genesis. The audio system functioned fine with my iPhone 6S right up until two weeks ago. Now, there's a rather long pause between the time when I skip forward a track. The first couple of seconds of a song also get cut off. My initial guess was that it's down to the whole 'iPhone throttling back for older batteries' thing that was in the news. After upgrading my phone (congrats, Apple, your throttling back worked on me), the problem persists. I'm now thinking it's due to the latest round of iOS updates. #FirstWorldProblems" — Mark Takahashi

2017 Genesis G90

Maintenance
"I could take up an immense amount of virtual real estate, screaming into the void about how much I hate electronic shifters in general, but the Genesis G90's is worse than others. There must be a software glitch because I cannot imagine the transmission is behaving the way it's supposed to.

"On multiple occasions, I will reverse out of my driveway and move the shifter to Drive, only to have the transmission revert to Neutral. The car will be completely stopped with my foot planted on the brake. I'll pull the shifter toward me, pause and release. The 'D' light illuminates, I give it some gas, and then VVVVRRRRRRRRR. Wash, rinse, repeat until the barge finally scoots forward. It's to the point where if I see a car half a mile down my street, I'll just wait until it passes in case the transmission decides to VVVVRRRRRRRR itself to a rear-end collision.

The G90 is due for regularly scheduled maintenance, so we'll add this to the to-do list when we bring it in." — Cameron Rogers

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