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Compare the 2018 Genesis G80 vs 2017 G90

2018 Genesis G80 vs 2017 Genesis G90

2018 Genesis G80


2017 Genesis G90

3.8-liter V6


3.3-liter V6
311 hp


365 hp



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After more than a decade as the nameplate of an entry-level premium car, the Genesis was finally spun out by Hyundai Motors as a standalone luxury marque—similar to Toyota’s Lexus, Nissan’s Infiniti, and Honda’s Acura. So far, the Genesis brand consists of two sedans: the mid-size G80 and the full-size G90. Although still very young in the market, both vehicles are demonstrative of what to expect of the Genesis brand: loads of standard features, a high level of safety, and an enviable engine line-up. The 2018 Genesis G80 marks the car’s second model year, while the 2017 Genesis G90 is the inaugural model year for the larger car.

Engine Line-Up

Regardless of which sedan you go with, you are guaranteed a robust collection of engine choices: all of which deliver loads of power to accelerate, switch lanes, and merge into traffic with great ease. On the G80, the standard powerplant is the Lambda II GDi, a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque. On the G90, the standard engine is the Lambda II T-GDi, a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 with an output of 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. And on both vehicles, you can opt for the Tau GDi, which is a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.

Standard Features

Few luxury cars are as stacked with base-level standard features as the Genesis sedans. On both vehicles, you can expect full leather upholstery, front-seat heating capability, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, proximity entry, push-button engine start, Bluetooth for hands-free phone operation and audio streaming, a navigation system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for smartphone-based infotainment control, and a SiriusXM satellite radio subscription, among several others. On the G90, there’s a Lexicon 17-speaker surround-sound system and a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, instead of the seven-speaker audio with 8-inch touchscreen on the G80. And the G90 is further enhanced with additional standard features like tri-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat and steering-wheel heating capability, wireless device charging, a full-color head-up display, automatic high beams, and stop-start technology.


Both the Genesis G80 and the Genesis G90 are highly regarded vehicles by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for their safety performance on the organization’s tests. Each car got the best possible rating (“Good”) in every single crashworthiness test administered by the IIHS. They also got the best possible score of “Superior” in the Crash Avoidance & Mitigation test (which evaluates how good a vehicle can prevent frontal crashes with advanced safety features) and a rating of “Good” (G90) and “Acceptable” (G80) in the illumination effectiveness of their headlights. For such ratings, each sedan is named a “Top Safety Pick Plus” vehicle, which is the highest honor that the IIHS can give the automobiles it tests for safety.

To test-drive either the 2018 Genesis G80 or the 2017 Genesis G90, give us a call today to set up an appointment. Our dealership has plenty of G80 and G90 units in stock, which ensures that you’ll find precisely what you want. And one of our sales experts will be able to guide you on the journey of getting your new Genesis ride.

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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