Genesis’s flagship G90 may boast one of the lowest starting prices in its class, but it’s still a luxury full-sized sedan through and through. This affordable four-door pampers its drivers with premium amenities, an upscale interior, and powertrains that are as silky as they are sturdy. For the 2021 model year, the sophisticated yet athletic Genesis G90 receives only slight changes. These include a new Rear Comfort driving mode, standard adaptive suspension dampers and an adaptive front lighting system for the base trim, and available 19-inch wheels with an updated design.
The 2021 Genesis G90 is sold in two trim levels: 3.3T Premium and 5.0L Ultimate. Each trim’s name denotes the type of engine it gets. The 3.3T Premium has a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine that churns out an impressive 365 hp, while the 5.0-liter V8 in the 5.0L Ultimate makes a heart-pumping 420 hp. Both pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission and come with a standard rear-wheel drivetrain, but all-wheel drive is available. The 3.3T Premium with RWD or AWD returns an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. In contrast, the RWD 5.0L Ultimate achieves 16 city/24 highway, while the AWD version is rated for 16 city/23 highway.
Since the 2021 Genesis G90 represents the apex of the automaker’s luxury sedan lineup, you can expect it to be appointed with plush amenities and high-tech features. The base 3.3T Premium comes with adaptive quad-beam LED headlights, heated side mirrors, power soft-close doors, a hands-free trunk, a sunroof, adaptive suspension dampers, insulated acoustic glass and triple-sealed doors (to prevent outside noise from entering the cabin), selectable drive modes (Comfort, Sport, Eco, Custom, and all-new Rear Comfort), tri-zone automatic climate control, power rear sunshades, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a posture-encouraging power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated rear seats, and a wireless device charging pad. The 5.0L Ultimate treats second-row passengers to the highest level of luxury with power-adjustable, ventilated rear seats.
Both of the 2021 Genesis G90 trims are equipped with a full suite of driver-assistive features, including lane keeping assist, lane following assist, a blind-spot monitor with collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic avoidance assist, a driver attention warning system, highway driving assist, forward collision-avoidance assist, and safe exit assist. Front and rear parking sensors and a surround-view camera system are also standard features. In terms of overall safety, the outgoing 2020 Genesis G90 was awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS’s) Top Safety Pick Plus accolade, which is the highest rating it gives to vehicles, so it’s likely that the 2021 version will achieve the same.
No matter which of the 2021 Genesis G90 trims you opt for, you’ll be pleased where staying entertained and connected is concerned. The 3.3T Premium delivers an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an integrated navigation system, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming capabilities, and a premium 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound audio system. There’s also a head-up display to allow the driver to safely check vital stats such as speed without looking away from the road. The range-topping 5.0L Ultimate receives a rear entertainment system with dual 10.3-inch screens.