2021 G70 vs. 2021 Lexus IS
With the 2021 G70, Genesis opens the door to luxury automobile ownership to a wider range of drivers. This well-equipped sedan has been meticulously built to last with upscale materials and fine attention to details. But while the 2021 Genesis G70 is certainly a top contender in the premium compact sedan segment, its main rival, the Lexus IS, serves up some hearty competition. Let’s compare these stand-out four-doors in more detail to see how they measure up.
Pricing and Warranty Coverage
While both of these models are priced more favorably than their European luxury and sport sedan counterparts, the 2021 G70’s base MSRP of $36,000 outdoes the 2021 IS’s $39,000 starting price. Another high point of the ’21 G70 is its industry-leading warranty coverage, which both Genesis and Hyundai are noted for. This outstanding and long-lasting protection consists of a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The 2021 Lexus IS gets years less of coverage, with a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. To top it off, buyers of the Genesis G70 get to enjoy 3 years or 36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance, meaning that the cost of oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections won’t come out of pocket during that term. With the 2021 Lexus IS, though, only the first and second scheduled maintenance visits are free.
It’s no surprise that these two premium small sedans are similar in terms of their standard and available equipment and technology, but that doesn’t mean they’re identical. If you opt for the ’21 G70 with the Elite Package, your second-row passengers will appreciate a unique feature: the front passenger’s seat walk-in device. With one push of a button, the front passenger’s seat will automatically slide all the way forward, with its seatback tilted downward, to make back seat entry easier. The Lexus IS does not offer something like this. With regard to active safety technology and driver-assist features, both the ’21 G70 and the ’21 IS are well stocked with the latest technology. The difference is that the ’21 G70 gets a driver attention warning system while the ’21 IS does not.
Power and Performance
The 2021 Genesis G70’s standard 252-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is more robust than the 241-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the 2021 Lexus IS. Even though the difference is fairly negligible, the contrast is more significant with their optional powerplants. The G70’s available 3.3-liter V6 churns out a potent 365 hp, but the IS’s available 3.5-liter V6 only makes 260 hp. The only exception is with the Lexus’s performance-oriented F Sport variant, although its 311 hp still pales next to the Genesis V6’s output. And while it’s somewhat uncommon for sedans to offer all-wheel drive, both Genesis and Lexus offer it as an option on their smallest sedans.