The G80, the midsized sedan in the Genesis lineup, is all-new for 2021. While the outgoing version was certainly refined, this version’s sophistication factor has been noticeably dialed up. It now shares the same platform as the recently introduced Genesis GV80 crossover, a change that adds passenger space and improves the G80’s overall performance. As far as aesthetics, the 2021 G80 gets a fresh design for the headlights, a more upscale pentagon-shaped grille, and sharper, more streamlined angles. Despite its undeniably first-rate presence, the redesigned G80 remains one of the most affordable midsized luxury cars in the industry, especially compared to its European-manufactured rivals. It also comes with industry-leading warranties and a complimentary maintenance plan that covers routine oil changes and tire rotations for 3 years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first).
2.5T As its name suggests, the 2.5T has a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 300 horsepower; its transmission is an 8-speed automatic and it’s made with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. With RWD, the 2.5T returns 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway; the AWD versions get 22 city/30 highway. Buyers of the 2.5T can choose from three equipment packages: Standard, Advanced, and Prestige. With the Standard Package, the exterior features consist of 18-inch wheels, quad-beam LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, rain-sensing wipers, a hands-free smart trunk, and dual exhaust. Inside, it gets simulated-leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, memory functions for the driver’s seat, an 8-inch instrumentation cluster, an infotainment system with a 14.5-inch touchscreen, integrated navigation, and a premium 12-speaker audio system.
The driver-assist features in the Standard Package include forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping and following assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, driver attention warning, high beam assist, rear cross-traffic alert, highway driving assist, and safe exit assist. The Advanced Package contains 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a power trunk, tri-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, matte-finished wood trim, a top-shelf 21-speaker Lexicon audio system, and power rear and manual side rear window sunshades.
The Prestige Package adds power soft-close doors, leather upholstery, additional power adjustments for the driver’s seat, a front passenger walk-in feature (which allows the driver to conveniently adjust the passenger seat without having to reach to the opposite-side controls), heated rear seats, an ergonomically designed driver’s seat, a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charger, a heated steering wheel, a surround-view camera system, a blind-spot view monitor, remote smart parking assist, reverse parking collision-avoidance assist, rear occupant alert, and Digital Key, a remote function that lets you unlock and start the vehicle from your smartphone (Android only).
3.5T The 3.5T gets a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 375 hp. Like the 2.5T, it gets an 8-speed automatic transmission and either a rear-wheel or all-wheel drivetrain. The 3.5T with RWD gets 19 city/27 highway, while the AWD ones achieve 18 city/26 highway. The 3.5T offers Standard and Prestige packages. With the Standard Package, it gets the same features as the 2.5T with the Advanced Package, in addition to a wireless smartphone charger. The 3.5T Prestige Package yields 20-inch wheels, Nappa leather upholstery, a microfiber suede headliner, a 12.3-inch 3D digital gauge cluster, and the rest of the features from the 2.5T’s Prestige Package.