2017 Genesis G90: Monthly Update for January 2018
by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Genesis G90 kicked 2018 off with a series of road trips. I drove it from L.A. to Las Vegas for CES, and Josh Sadlier made yet another trip up to California's Central Coast. As expected, the G90 delivered the kind of silent luxury we seek on journeys like these. In keeping with its recent history, the Genesis has also remained trouble-free.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We logged 1,921 miles in January and used 96.9 gallons of premium unleaded for an average of 19.8 mpg. That was an improvement on our lifetime average, but not enough to increase it. Best fill and range also remained unchanged.
Average lifetime mpg: 19.2
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (17 city/24 highway)
Best fill mpg: 28.5
Best range: 488.9 miles
Current odometer: 19,823 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"There's a pretty noticeable creak coming from the driver's seat. Sure, I've packed on a little extra tonnage in my quest for the world's richest and most decadent foods, but I doubt that is the real issue. I hear it groan under acceleration and it sounds like something plastic is ready to surrender. Probably something to have a dealer look at in the future." — Mark Takahashi, senior writer
"I thought that maybe my old iPhone 6s was throttling back, which was causing the delayed response when listening to music in the Genesis. Unfortunately, I now think it's due to the latest iOS updates. I bit the bullet and got myself an iPhone X and it suffers from the same slow response. First-world problems, I know, but still, it should work better in this day and age." — Mark Takahashi
"It's strange. Automakers universally attempt to appeal to younger demographics (or at least purport to). This approach makes sense because it creates buyers for life (or at least attempts to). The G90 turns that strategy on its head. Save for its mighty engine, there isn't a dynamically inspired bone in the G90's body. It goes all-in on size, silence and comfort. By cultivating these attributes, the G90 is laser-targeted toward older buyers. It's as though Genesis wants to pick up the buyers that Buick and Lincoln are desperate to shed." — Jason Kavanagh, senior road test engineer
"I like that the G90 issues a soft confirmation chime when locking it from the key fob. Sure, it's just a little digital alert, like you might hear from your laptop, but too many cars today tend to issue a blast from the horn, some at a softer volume and some at full throat. Some, like the F-Pace, issue a timid little 'meep' that still makes me laugh. (Someone seems to have overlooked that it tends to undermine the otherwise feral image of that SUV.) In keeping with an image of subtle elegance, the G90 doesn't call attention to itself or the driver, or annoy the neighbors, when sealing itself off. Small detail but appreciated." — Dan Frio, automotive editor
"So I drove the G90 to the Central Coast (3.5 hours from L.A.) and back. Again. Possibly the third time I've done it at this point. What more could you ask for in a road-trip car? Quiet, composed, supple. Plenty swift when you need it to be. Plenty of range — it's easy to get 400-plus miles from a single tank. Copious passenger space front and rear. I don't really have a bad word to say about it, and I've spent more time in the saddle than just about anyone around here. This car banishes any bad memories of the old Hyundai Equus and establishes Genesis as a serious player in the executive-sedan segment." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy