2017 Genesis G90: Monthly Update for June 2017
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Delivering 18.3 mpg during June, it's no surprise the G90's fuel economy didn't measure up to May's freeway-heavy result. It's still shy of its EPA combined rating but well clear of its city number.
We've got four months in the bag, and as fuel economy goes we've seen that that is fairly indicative of its future prospects. Don't expect its future long-term running average fuel economy to deviate far from its current lifetime number.
Average lifetime mpg: 18.7
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (17 city/24 highway)
Best fill mpg: 28.5
Best range: 414.3 miles
Current odometer: 6,653 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Overall, Genesis has done a nice job of having physical buttons for the controls you'll use most frequently and then having everything else available through the display screen. The climate controls in particular are all physical buttons. The layout is logical as well." — Brent Romans, Senior Editor
"I like how Genesis went with a traditional approach in designing the G90's interior. There's nothing flashy here. All-digital gauge clusters are a growing trend, but the G90 sticks with physical gauge cluster instruments that are crisp and easy to read. The same goes for the big central display and array of climate control buttons. The analog clock is another nod to classic design. Everything's solidly put together, too." — Brent Romans
"OK, interior nitpick time. 1) The G90's armrests (both the doors and the center console) are kind of hard. It's odd; you'd think a premium luxury sedan would have more padding here. 2) The steering wheel's shift paddles aren't up to the quality level set by the rest of the interior. They are made of the typical plastic you'd find in a plebeian midsize sedan, and they squeak if you move them around with your fingers. But if that's all I can really complain about regarding the G90's interior, Genesis must otherwise be doing a lot right here." — Brent Romans
"Just happened to have the Genesis G90 for Father's Day weekend and couldn't have asked for a better car to transport my 79-year-old dad around in style to the California Science Center and then a beer brunch. He absolutely loved the sedan: its luxuriousness, space and comfort. 'This is a Hyundai?' he kept asking, incredulous. He had given me a Hyundai Excel when I went off to college back in the day and noted how the G90 was a lonnng way from that econocar. For him Cadillac is the ultimate in luxury (he drives and takes pride in his CTS), but he really wants the G90 now." — Caroline Pardilla, senior copy editor
"Have we had the same car three times now? First the 2011 Equus, then the K900, now the G90? I'm certain there are key differences and will be interested to dig in and see specifics later. But they all feel like brothers from the same mother. This G90 is the best of the batch so far. Leaps better interior than the Equus and much better ride than the K900. Always thought the Kia was right on the bubble, but ultimately its ride quality sank it. You just couldn't take it seriously as a luxury alternative when that suspension was so prone to crash and bottom out on big road upsets.
"I don't feel any of that with the G90. Will be interesting to get this thing out on a long highway haul, across a couple of different mountain and/or desert states, and see how it handles some more ripped-up concrete. As it is, with some of the garbage roads here in the Southland, the G90 feels much more dialed in than either the Equus or K900. Maybe Kia was going for more of a sport tune with the K900, but it didn't work. THIS is where the K900 needs to be if it's to be a legit consideration with full-size luxe sedan buyers." — Dan Frio, automotive editor
"A big luxury sedan like this should be at its best on the interstate, and it's true for the G90. It's a superb cruiser because 1) the driver's seat is supportive and very comfortable for hours on end; 2) the suspension ably smoothes out undulations on the road without being too soft or wallowy; 3) there's a minimum of road and wind noise; and 4) it tracks straight and true. You can devour miles on the highway in our G90 like Kobayashi does hot dogs." — Brent Romans
"The G90 reminds me of the car that I first learned to drive, a 1979 Cadillac Eldorado. It was my grandmother's car, and when I think back on it now, I'm shocked she willingly sat shotgun during the many hours I drove while under a learner's permit.
"The G90's linear power delivery feels just like the Eldo. The Genesis's 3.3-liter turbo six-cylinder couldn't be more distant from the old GM engine, but feels so similar. It's just this long band of torque as you stomp away from a stoplight, then it's just percolating below the surface when you need a quick hit on the highway to pass, merge or antagonize the 7 Series driver next to you.
"I predict this will be one of my favorite cars; it's a born long-haul commuter with an added angle of nostalgia, for me anyway. At 6,400 miles, we're just getting started. I think the G90 will be a universal staff favorite." — Dan Frio
"'Must be this tall to ride' with regard to the G90. I'm 5-foot-5, and found that after moving the driver seat to a distance perfect for me from the pedals, it couldn't move any closer. So it seems even with its 22-way adjustability that any driver shorter than me will be out of luck. Sorry, short chauffeurs." — Caroline Pardilla