2017 Genesis G90: Monthly Update for October 2017
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Genesis G90 went to Fresno, Big Bear Lake, Las Vegas and back to Los Angeles over the course of the last four weeks. And it did all that in the hands of two main drivers: Brent Romans and me. Brent did a good amount of in-town driving around Fresno as well as a few back-and-forth trips to Los Angeles. I had a mix of flat freeway and curvy mountain miles over a Bermuda Triangle-style weekend trip from L.A. to Big Bear to Vegas and back.
All of this driving added nearly 2,500 miles to the G90's odometer, and near the end of the month, it crossed over the 15,000-mile mark, almost two months ahead of schedule. Clearly, this thing is road trip-friendly.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Despite a number of long road trips, we still haven't surpassed the EPA rating of 20 mpg combined for the G90's lifetime average. We've beaten the 24 mpg highway rating a number of times, just not most of the time. Right now, our lifetime average is stuck at 19.3 mpg, with our best range still an impressive 488.9 miles.
Average lifetime mpg: 19.3
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (17 city/24 highway)
Best fill mpg: 28.4
Best range: 488.9 miles
Current odometer: 14,922 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
No maintenance or upkeep this month, but we just crossed the 15,000-mile mark so we'll be scheduling a service soon.
"I'm pleased with our Genesis' turbocharged 3.3-liter V6. While a couple of my co-workers have previously noted a subtle lack of refinement to this powertrain (vibration and gear shifting), I'll reinforce that it is indeed subtle. I have to focus to notice it. Otherwise, this V6 has a satisfying amount of midrange power. Whether you're accelerating up to highway speeds or need a quick burst of speed in the city, just press on the gas and the G90 moves out with authority." — Brent Romans, senior editor
"While I like the G90's highway ride and I'm a big fan of the quiet cabin, taking this thing around pretty much any corner is a lackluster experience at best. It doesn't feel buttoned-down or confident in any way. I'd love for the G90 to feel smooth and capable going down the backside of Big Bear Mountain, but it just felt ungainly and sloshy through the turns. There isn't much natural fun to be had in this big sedan." — Travis Langness, automotive editor
"I recently had some downtime between a couple of daytime appointments. Rather than go back to the office in the G90 I was driving, I just sat in the back, fired up my laptop and got some work done. As expected, there are acres of room. Just stretch out and relax. The dual-zone rear climate controls are nice to have. I was a little dismayed that our car lacks rear seat adjustments, though. Apparently, only the G90 Ultimate (the V8 model) gets them." — Brent Romans
"I drove about 300 miles earlier today in our G90. To back up what some of my co-workers have noted previously, this thing is great for long highway drives. The driver's seat is comfortable for hours at a time, and the suspension ably absorbs bumps and ruts in the road. I also like the driving position and the feel of the steering wheel. It's just what you'd expect from a big luxury sedan." — Brent Romans
"Hands-free operation of a trunklid gains a new level of usefulness when the trunklid is power-operated. Just stand at the back of our G90 with the key in your pocket, wait about 3 seconds as the system beeps a few times, then the trunklid automatically opens. Total time from start to finish (when the trunklid is fully open) is about 8 seconds. Two caveats: one, this is undoubtedly slower compared to opening a regular trunk with your hand; and two, you still have to push a button to close the trunklid. But if you've got your hands full of stuff, the G90's automatic opener is pretty cool." — Brent Romans
"I can't remember a car, especially not one that clocked in at over $70K, that had less responsive voice commands than our G90. For three days straight I tried to give it commands, select radio stations and input navigation destinations while on the road, but all of it was a disaster. When it did understand my basic commands to start the prompts, the menus were confusing and impossible to sift through. More than once, I had to pull over, put the car in park and manually type in an address for my destination, which is, quite simply, a deal-breaker." — Travis Langness
"There are some odd popping-like noises coming from our Genesis' rear speakers. I've noticed them recently upon starting up our G90 in the morning. It might have something to do with fall's cooler temperatures. After a few minutes of driving and warming up the cabin, the popping noises go away." — Brent Romans
"It's odd that Genesis decided to fit its flagship G90 with just two USB ports. There's one up front in the lidded center stack cubbyhole and one in the fold-down rear armrest. That about two USBs short of what a car like this should have, by my count. Even if you're driving the car and don't have passengers, there could be times when you want to connect or charge more than one device. We've partially remedied the situation in our G90 by adding a USB charger to the 12-volt power port in the center console. Still, it's an oversight and one that continues on for the 2018 model year G90 as well." — Brent Romans
"Though we like our long-term G90 a lot, a potential buyer might be dismayed with Genesis' limited dealer network. I checked Genesis' website. In California, for instance, dedicated Genesis G90 dealers (not just a Hyundai dealership) are only in major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles and San Francisco. I'm not surprised since Genesis is just getting started as an independent brand; nonetheless Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes dealers are going to be more common for a lot of folks." — Brent Romans