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2019 Genesis G90 Review

The 2019 Genesis G90 finishes near the top of our luxury large car rankings. It's one of the most well-rounded cars in the class, and it provides solid performance, a comfortable interior, and plenty of technology.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong engines
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Spacious, comfortable seats
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Below-average trunk space
  • Subpar fuel economy

Rankings & Research

The 2019 Genesis G90's #1 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Large Cars category. Currently the Genesis G90 has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.1
Safety: 10.0
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Is the Genesis G90 a Good Car?

Yes, the Genesis G90 is exceptional. It nails almost every requirement of a luxury large car, starting with its high-quality cabin and polished ride. The seats are soothing, a notable collection of features come standard, and its safety rating is one of the highest in its class. Two engines are available, both of which move this sizable sedan with ease.

This Genesis has a couple of drawbacks, but many shoppers will find them to be trivial. Its trunk space is smaller than many rivals, though there is enough space to hold several medium-sized suitcases. Also, the G90's fuel economy rating is one of the worst in the class.

Should I Buy the Genesis G90?

The G90 certainly makes a compelling case for itself. In addition to the many positives listed above, the G90 also carries a competitive price tag for the class, and a fully loaded G90 costs less than most fully loaded rivals. Still, there are several great choices in the segment, so you should at least look at cars like the Kia K900 and Audi A7.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Genesis G90?

The 2019 G90 belongs to the model's inaugural generation, which started with the 2017 model year, when Hyundai spun off Genesis into a stand-alone luxury brand (it also offers the Genesis G80 and Genesis G70). There aren't any major changes for this year. For 2018, adaptive LED headlights became standard, and a rear-seat entertainment system became optional.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used G90, and you'll essentially get the same vehicle. To decide if a used model is right for you, check out our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Genesis G90. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 26 Reviews Analyzed

Our car reviews include everything you need to know before heading to the dealership. We combine the opinions of the automotive press with quantifiable data like crash test results and reliability ratings to form a complete picture of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Genesis generation, which runs from 2017 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Genesis G90 Cost?

The G90 carries a base price of $68,350. That's on the high end of the spectrum for this class, though the G90 does come with a long list of standard features. The higher G90 trim starts at $72,850. Most competitors' top trims cost far more than the G90's.

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Genesis G90 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Genesis G90 or Mercedes-Benz CLS?

The Mercedes-Benz CLS sits lower than the G90 in our luxury large car rankings. These two have similar powertrains in terms of horsepower, but the CLS is more fuel-efficient. It also has a mild-hybrid function that adds 21 horsepower for short bursts. The CLS looks and feels more posh inside, and it offers some functions, like massaging seats, that the G90 doesn't. However, the Genesis provides more space for cargo and rear-seat passengers, and it costs a little less. These two are a close match, but the G90 is more well-rounded.

Which Is Better: Genesis G90 or Acura RLX?

The Acura RLX sports a much lower starting price than the G90, but it also finishes well behind its Genesis rival in our class rankings. Both ride smoothly, but the G90 is more powerful and more agile. The RLX gets better gas mileage, though, and it offers a hybrid powertrain, unlike the G90. Each luxury sedan provides plenty of passenger space in both rows, but the Genesis bests the Acura when it comes to trunk space and cabin quality, and its tech features are easier to use than the Acura’s. If the G90's higher price fits in your budget, you should opt for it over the RLX.

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G90 Interior

How Many People Does the G90 Seat?

Like nearly all large sedans, this Genesis seats five people. The G90’s seats are comfortable and supportive on drives of any length. Most luxury large cars offer ample seating space, and the G90 is no exception. The rear seats have plenty of room for three passengers to sit without any complaints.

G90 and Child Car Seats

The G90 provides two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the G90's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

G90 Interior Quality

Inside, the G90 looks good and features mostly quality materials. There are a few plastics, but they don't really detract from the overall aesthetic. Some rivals are more opulent, but there's not a lot to complain about in the G90.

G90 Cargo Space

Most other large sedans give you more cargo space than the G90, which has a trunk measuring just under 16 cubic feet. Still, that's enough room for about a dozen shopping bags or the family's luggage for a short vacation.

G90 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a sunroof, wireless device charging, and an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, satellite radio (which requires a subscription after three months), Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, and navigation. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system with two 10.3-inch screens is available.

While the features list includes a lot of enticing technology, it omits Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are offered in many competitors. However, you won't miss those features most of the time, and the infotainment system is generally intuitive and user-friendly.

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G90 Performance

G90 Engine: 6 is Plenty of Cylinders

This Genesis gives you a choice between two engines: the base 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 or a 420-horsepower V8 with the upper trim. Both engines have plenty of torque, so they deliver quick acceleration and good overall power. Practically speaking, the V8 doesn't really feel much different when you're sitting behind the wheel, even though it's bigger and more powerful. As such, most buyers will do just fine with the V6. A smooth-shifting eight-speed transmission comes standard with both engines.

G90 Gas Mileage: Room for Improvement

Most other luxury large cars get better gas mileage than the G90. With the V6, it earns 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The V8's ratings are nearly identical. Opting for AWD drops fuel economy ratings slightly with both engines.

For comparison, the Acura RLX gets 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while the Mercedes-Benz CLS returns 24/31 mpg city/highway.

G90 Ride and Handling: A Serene Sedan

While the G90 displays some decent agility around turns, this car feels most at home as a comfortable cruiser rather than a canyon carver. It offers ample steering feedback and stopping power, and the cushioned ride quality really stands out.

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G90 Reliability

Is the Genesis G90 Reliable?

The 2019 G90 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Genesis G90 Warranty

The Genesis G90 comes with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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G90 Safety

G90 Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2019 Genesis a Top Safety Pick+, and it earned the highest rating of Good in all six crashworthiness tests.

G90 Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features in this Genesis include a head-up display, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams.

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Which Genesis G90 Model Is Right for Me?

The G90 comes in two trims: 3.3T and 5.0 (representing the 3.3-liter and 5.0-liter engines that come with the respective trims). The base 3.3T trim comes with lots of standard features, and the engine feels quick and strong. The 5.0 trim features a stronger engine, but you don't really notice the extra power while driving. It doesn't come with many more features than the base trim. With that in mind, the 3.3T is the best trim for most buyers.

Genesis G90 3.3T

The G90 3.3T has a starting price of $68,350. It comes with a 365-horsepower 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Models with all-wheel drive cost $2,500 more than the base rear-wheel-drive setup.

Standard features include a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging, and an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, and navigation.

Standard active safety features include a head-up display, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams.

Genesis G90 5.0

The G90 5.0 trim starts at $72,850. It comes with a 420-horsepower 5.0-liter V8. In addition to the lower trim's standard features, the 5.0 comes with ventilated, power-adjustable rear seats and a 10.3-inch dual-screen DVD entertainment system for rear-seat passengers.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Genesis G90 brings a lot to the table. It's a solid choice whether you use it for your daily commute or long road trips, and it delivers almost everything you'd want in a large luxury sedan. This Genesis has plenty of positives and few major drawbacks, which is why it earns a spot near the top of our luxury large car rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "From a value perspective, there's really nothing that can beat the G90. … It's not uncommon for the G90 to finish at half the price of a comparably equipped Mercedes. Overall, we think the G90 delivers the goods and the luxury experience necessary to compete at this level. We strongly recommend a closer look should you be in the market for a large luxury sedan." -- Edmunds
  • "As lovely, well crafted, up-to-date, and road-worthy as the G90 is, the Genesis flagship doesn't raise the bar in the premium segment. What it does do, however, is present a compelling value proposition, offering an incredibly well-equipped car with so-far unmatched warranties." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "It remains to be seen what trends Genesis will drive, but if the G90 is the template, we're convinced the hardware is up to the job." -- Autoweek (2017)
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