2017 Genesis G90: Monthly Update for November 2017
by Will Kaufman, Associate Staff Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Genesis G90 spent November making our commutes a little less stressful, smoothing out the bumps on about 1,800 miles' worth of L.A. roads. The G90 remains a favorite around the office for its comfortable seats, quiet interior and excellent stereo, but every car has its faults, right? This month we find a few more niggles with the consummate Korean, but we still have plenty of praise.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We averaged about 18.9 mpg in November, falling short of both the EPA-estimated combined mileage. This result also dragged down our lifetime average a bit, to 19.2 mpg. It's worth pointing out that our lifetime average is within spitting distance of the EPA's 20 mpg combined estimate, which isn't terrible for any car that sees as much heavy traffic as ours does.
Average lifetime mpg: 19.2 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (17 city/24 highway)
Best fill mpg: 28.5 mpg
Best range: 488.9 miles
Current odometer: 16,756 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I'm frustrated by the fact that the G90 defaults to its Smart drive mode on startup. I have an Individual profile that I like: It keeps the chassis soft and the throttle sharp. The Smart mode will tighten up the suspension if you start driving a little aggressively, and I really don't need to start feeling bumps in the freeway just because I wanted to pass a slow-moving car. If I drove this car every day, I'd be annoyed at having to change drive modes at every startup." — Will Kaufman, associate staff writer
"I recently found a stereo I like as much as the G90's: the 23-speaker, 2,400-watt Mark Levinson stereo in the new Lexus LS 500. That's a pricey add-on in a pricey car, and I really couldn't say that it sounded any better to me than the G90's standard Lexicon system. Somewhere a guy with $15,000's worth of tube amps in his basement is screaming bloody murder, I'm sure, but for my money, the G90 is where I want to be when it's time to crank some tunes." — Will Kaufman
"'Cold' is a bit subjective. I recently drove our G90 to LAX to catch a flight to Denver, and let's just say there was more cold in one of those places. Still, L.A. was cold by my standards so I cranked up the G90's heated steering wheel and seat and was a bit disappointed. They get warm, but the seat in the GM product I drove in Denver was like sitting on a pizza stone. Maybe the G90 is just more refined than the vulgar American truck. But if you really value a crispy crust — uh, I mean a toasty bottom — the G90 is not my top pick." — Will Kaufman
"When our new BMW 5 Series joined the long-term fleet, I wondered if it might challenge the G90 for seat comfort. I remember we had been fond of the seats in the short-term tester, but those were the Perfect Position seats, and our standard seats are distinctly less perfect. The G90's seats are softer and more supportive, and for me at least they're simply a nicer place in which to spend time than the comparably priced Bavarian's." — Will Kaufman
"Had the G90 for a few nights in a row, and I came away really impressed by how easy this executive sedan is to live with. There's not much of a learning curve with the electronics, which is remarkable considering the vast range of functions the car provides. Everything just makes sense pretty quickly. Of course, the sheer bulk of the thing can make it a handful in the city, but insofar as it's possible to build a user-friendly luxo-barge, Genesis has pulled it off here with confidence." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy