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2017 Genesis G80 Review

The 2017 Genesis G80 ranks near the top of the competitive luxury midsize car class. The G80 has a luxe interior, a pleasant ride quality, great safety scores, and lower-than-average projected ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of standard features
  • Quiet, refined interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Strong V6 and V8 engines
  • Great safety scores
  • Some rivals are more exciting
  • Mediocre fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 10.0
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. Its overall score is being calculated without reliability.

2017 Genesis G80 Overview

Is the 2017 Genesis G80 a Good Used Car?

The Genesis G80 is a great used luxury midsize car. The G80 has a quiet and nicely trimmed interior. It rides comfortably over rough pavement, and its tech features are refreshingly easy to use. The G80 rates highly for crash safety, and all models come standard with advanced safety features like forward collision warning with brake assist. Better still, the Genesis has some of the lowest projected ownership costs in this class. All in all, the G80 is a compelling value in this packed – and often pricey – segment.

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How Much Is the 2017 Genesis G80?

You can expect to pay between $31,900 and $54,100 for a used 2017 G80 sedan. These figures are based on listings for the 2017 Genesis G80 on our site. The average list price is $40,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Genesis G80 Cost to Own?

The G80’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $27,700 – or about $5,550 per year. That’s lower than average for the luxury midsize car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New G80?

The 2018 Genesis G80 starts at $41,750 but can exceed $59,500 in top trim levels. You can save a lot of money by shopping for a used G80. That said, you may want to spring for the newer model if you’re looking for a zestier driving experience. For 2018, Genesis added a new twin-turbo V6 engine (in the 3.3T Sport trim) complemented by a retuned suspension. The 2018 G80 also offers a driver drowsiness monitor, pedestrian detection, and all-wheel drive with its V8 engine (previously unavailable). If these items pique your interest, opt for a new G80.

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There are a few options if you’d prefer a less-expensive new luxury sedan. The 2018 Acura TLX and Lincoln MKZ start at around $33,000 and $35,600, respectively. The 2018 Kia Stinger is a better option. It starts at just $31,900 and provides zippy engine performance, poised handling, a handsome and roomy interior, and great tech features.

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Which Model Year of the Genesis G80 Is Best?

The Genesis G80 sedan dates to 2015, when it was named the Hyundai Genesis. It became the G80 for the 2017 model year. Regardless of name, all models offer a refined driving experience, a cozy interior, and great features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can save a lot of money by shopping for a used 2015 or 2016 Hyundai Genesis, but these models aren’t as well-equipped. You may have to hunt for vehicles with desirable equipment like forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring – these features are standard in the 2017 and 2018 G80.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Genesis G80?

J.D. Power has not released a predicted reliability rating for the 2017 G80.

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2017 Genesis G80 Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2017 Genesis G80 sedan.

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Which Used Genesis G80 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Genesis G80 is available in two trims: 3.8 and 5.0. The well-equipped 3.8 model is the better value. It has a 311-horsepower V6 engine and comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, a USB port, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, a CD player, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

An available Premium package adds ventilated front seats, a sunroof and power sunshade, parking sensors, and a surround-sound stereo. The available Ultimate package adds a larger 9.2-inch infotainment screen, a head-up display, and a power trunk lid. The G80 5.0 trim has a 420-horsepower V8 engine and comes fully loaded with all these features.

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What Does Genesis' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Genesis is Hyundai’s luxury car line. It has announced it will offer CPO models, but warranty details are not currently available. Watch the Genesis CPO page for information.

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How Safe Is the G80?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the G80 a 2017 Top Safety Pick+. It received a top score of Good in all areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the G80 a perfect five-star rating in all areas tested.

The G80 comes standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors.

2017 Genesis G80 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Genesis G80 or 2017 BMW 5 Series?

The 2017 BMW 5 Series is a very good luxury midsize car, but it's not as good as the G80. The 5 Series boasts agile handling, racy engine performance, a posh interior, and advanced infotainment features like gesture control. That said, the Genesis gives you more bang for your buck. The G80 has a longer list of standard features, it's much less expensive than a similarly equipped 5 Series, and it has lower projected ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2017 Genesis G80 or 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2017 Mercedes E-Class is available in a dizzying array of configurations, and its range-topping engine options are more muscular than what the Genesis offers. Still, the G80 touts more well-rounded performance, and these high-class sedans go toe-to-toe for interior quality. You'll probably find the G80 to be a better buy than the E-Class. Used G80s are substantially less expensive, both to buy and maintain.

Which Is Better: 2017 Genesis G80 or 2017 Genesis G90?

The Genesis G90 is the larger sibling of the G80. It’s about 8 inches longer overall, and it provides around 3 more inches of rear legroom, making its back seat even more palatial. Both sedans offer confident engine performance, a comfortable ride, and a similar suite of safety features. That said, only the G80 supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Stick with the G80 if those features are important to you. Used G80s are often a bit less expensive as well. On the other hand, go with the G90 if its vast rear-seat space is a dealmaker.

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2017 G80 Performance

How Does the 2017 Genesis G80 Drive?

The 2017 G80 has two engine options: a 3.8-liter V6 with 311 horsepower (in the G80 3.8) and a 5.0-liter V8 with 420 horsepower (in the G80 5.0). An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available with the V6. Both engines scoot the Genesis up to speed briskly and offer confident passing power, but the extra punch from the V8 is noticeable. The transmission is well-matched to both engines and delivers prompt, smooth gear changes.

The G80’s suspension does a nice job ironing out bumps and dips in the road, yielding a cushioned and composed ride. The sedan feels stable around turns, its steering is accurate, and the brakes provide strong stopping power. Overall, the G80’s driving dynamics put more of an emphasis on comfort than sports sedan performance – and that’s OK.

Does the 2017 Genesis G80 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The G80 gets mediocre fuel economy for a luxury midsize car. Its V6 engine returns an EPA-rated 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (16/25 mpg with AWD). The V8 gets an even lower 15/23 mpg.

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2017 G80 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 G80 Seat?

The G80 is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are comfortable and provide a nice driving position. There’s generous head- and legroom up front even for taller drivers and passengers, but headroom is stingier in the back seat. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard, and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available. The G80’s cabin impresses with its reserved styling and top-notch materials, including soft plastics, elegant wood trim, and a number of padded surfaces. The interior remains quiet at higher speeds, with little wind or road noise.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Genesis G80?

The G80 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup a Marginal rating for overall ease of use. Some of the anchors are difficult to maneuver around and are too deep within the seat cushions.

2017 Genesis G80 Features

The G80 comes standard with a rearview camera, an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a CD player, and seven speakers. The touch screen is responsive and has simple menus. It also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which make it easy to sync your smartphone’s apps and functions with the infotainment system. The screen is complemented by simple buttons and knobs that manage the climate and audio controls, so you don’t have to rely on the touch screen for everything.

A larger 9.2-inch touch screen is available, and it’s similarly easy to use. However, it doesn’t support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Other available features include 14- and 17-speaker sound systems, as well as a head-up display that projects driving information onto the windshield.

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2017 Genesis G80 Dimensions

Genesis G80 Cargo Space

The G80 has 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for this class.

2017 G80 Length and Weight

The G80 sedan is 16.4 feet long, and its curb weight varies between 4,290 and 4,541 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Genesis G80 Built?

The 2017 G80 was built in South Korea.


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