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2020 Genesis G90 Review

The highly ranked 2020 Genesis G90 is one of the most well-rounded sedans in the luxury large car class thanks to ample engine power, a refined ride, a comfortable and spacious cabin, and plenty of standard features.

Pros & Cons

  • Plush, pampering ride
  • Two powerful engine choices
  • Refined cabin quality
  • Long list of standard features
  • Poor fuel economy for class
  • High base price

New for 2020

  • Refreshed exterior design
  • Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • New driver assistance features

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Genesis G90's #2 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 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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Is the Genesis G90 a Good Car?

Yes, the 2020 G90 is a great luxury large car. Its cabin quality is exquisite, and both rows of seats offer enviable comfort and space. The G90 comes packed with advanced safety features and a user-friendly infotainment system. Whether equipped with a V8 or twin-turbocharged V6 engine, it has plenty of power on tap. Also, ride quality remains plush and comfortable in nearly all driving situations.

Should I Buy the Genesis G90?

If you're looking for a well-appointed large sedan, you should definitely consider the G90. It has all the elegance of rivals from long-established luxury brands, despite being a relative newcomer to the scene. While the G90 is one of the priciest models in its class, it comes with a long list of standard equipment.

A rival such as the Cadillac CT6 may be attractive because of its lower price point, but its cabin isn't as opulent as the G90's. You might also consider the Lexus LS, which is a super luxury car with similar attributes and a higher predicted reliability rating than the G90.

Compare the G90, CT6, and LS »

Should I Buy a New or Used Genesis G90?

The 2020 Genesis G90 is a part of the car's first generation, which began with the 2017 model year. That's when Hyundai spun off its Genesis sedan into a full, standalone luxury brand. For 2020, Genesis gives the G90 a substantial exterior design refresh and brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to the car for the first time. Genesis also introduces some new driver assistance features that improve automated capabilities on the highway.

If those changes aren't that important to you, consider shopping for an older G90. The 2017, 2018, and 2019 models are all pretty similar to each other, and they'll all likely save you thousands of dollars compared to the cost of a new G90.

If you’re interested in an older model, be sure to read our 2017 G90, 2018 G90, and 2019 G90 reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 G90 »

We Did the Research for You: 22 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 22 Genesis G90 reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 G90 is the right new car for you.

This 2020 G90 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2017.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain objective, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team manages the advertising on our site.

How Much Does the Genesis G90 Cost?

Genesis prices the 2020 G90 at $72,200, which makes it the most expensive base model among luxury large cars. However, its price ceiling is a lot lower than rivals with similar starting prices: The G90's highest trim starts at $75,700.

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Genesis G90 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Genesis G90 or Cadillac CT6?

The Genesis G90 and Cadillac CT6 are on opposite ends of our luxury large car rankings. While the G90 sedan sits near the top of the class, the CT6 places near the bottom. About the only advantage the CT6 has over the G90 is cost: The Cadillac’s starting price is about $13,000 less than the Genesis’.

These rivals share some strengths, including spacious rear seats, powerful engine choices, and balanced ride and handling capabilities. However, the G90 boasts a nicer interior, more intuitive technology, and a better predicted reliability rating than the CT6. It's worth spending the extra money for the Genesis.

Which Is Better: Genesis G90 or Lexus LS?

The Lexus LS is a super luxury car that's pretty similar in price to the G90. Choosing between these sedans could come down to personal preference. The G90 has a slightly more comfortable ride, as the LS occasionally feels harsh. Also, Genesis' infotainment setup is easier to use than the interface in the Lexus, which can be distracting to operate.

The LS boasts a stellar predicted reliability rating and slightly better fuel economy and trunk volume than the G90, and it's available as a hybrid. Both of these vehicles offer elegant interiors, strong acceleration, a long list of features, and spacious seating.

Compare the G90, CT6, and LS »

G90 Interior

How Many People Does the G90 Seat?

The Genesis G90 luxury sedan seats five people. It's a toss-up as to whether the back or front seats are better. The driver's seat features standard 22-way power adjustments that can contour the cushions to nearly any position, and there's an incredible level of comfort and support to pamper you on long trips.

In back, the G90 serves up oodles of legroom, even for taller travelers. It's easy to get in and out of this Genesis thanks to wide doors. You can also opt for power-adjustable rear seats for more relaxation.

G90 and Child Car Seats

The G90 has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as a tether-only connection for the rear middle seat. The lower anchors are set deep in the seat cushions, but once you find them, it's easy to attach the car-seat straps.

G90 Interior Quality

The 2020 G90 has outstanding interior quality. Standard plush Nappa leather seats highlight a list of impressive materials, and there are soft-touch surfaces throughout the cabin.

G90 Cargo Space

The G90’s 15.7 cubic feet of trunk space is about average for sedans in the class, though there are a couple of hatchback models in the segment that offer a lot more space.

Still, the G90 can swallow up several suitcases. The trunk lip is low, making it easy to lift in heavy items. The cargo opening is also large and wide.

G90 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The G90’s standard infotainment system is housed in a 12.3-inch touch screen. In addition to tactile inputs, you can control the interface through a rotary knob on the center console. The interface is generally straightforward, but the graphics are a little underwhelming for a car at this price point.

Smartphone fanatics will appreciate the introduction of standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for this model year. Previously, these features weren't available in the G90. Navigation, a 17-speaker premium stereo, wireless device charging, proximity keyless entry, and a sunroof are also standard.

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G90 Performance

G90 Engine: Stick with the Six

The standard engine in the 2020 Genesis G90 is a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6. It has plenty of low-end torque to get you moving quickly, and acceleration is strong and linear as you get up to higher speeds.

You can also opt for a 420-horsepower V8. This engine doesn't feel that much more powerful than the standard twin-turbo V6. One notable highlight is a throatier exhaust note.

Most shoppers will be satisfied with the standard engine and probably don't need to shell out the extra cash for the upgraded mill.

G90 Gas Mileage: Not Impressive

The 2020 G90 returns poor fuel economy for a luxury large car. With its standard engine, the G90 gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The G90 with the optional V8 engine gets up to 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

G90 Ride and Handling: Comfortable Cruiser

This Genesis' primary directive is to be a serene and stable sedan capable of eating up highway miles like they were potato chips, and it delivers. Little outside road and wind noise permeate the cabin, thanks to sound-deadening measures like specially designed wheels, and bumps and shocks in the road are barely noticeable.

However, the G90’s handling isn't as adept as many other large sedans, and steering can feel a bit disconnected from the road. It also exhibits a little floatiness at speed.

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G90 Reliability

Is the Genesis G90 Reliable?

The 2020 Genesis G90 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Genesis G90 Warranty

Genesis covers the G90 with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is one of the longest warranties in the industry.

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G90 Safety

G90 Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Genesis G90. This is common among luxury vehicles.

G90 Safety Features

The G90 comes with a long list of standard active safety features. These include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, driver attention monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist. Adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, and a head-up display are also standard.

Several technologies debut for 2020. Lane following assist and highway driving assist help keep you centered in your lane by handling various steering inputs. The car can also recognize speed limit signs and adjust your speed accordingly. Safe exit assist alerts occupants departing the vehicle to cars, bicycles, or other obstacles that may be approaching from the side.

Read more about safety »

G90 Dimensions and Weight

The Genesis G90 is 17.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,630 to 4,905 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Genesis G90 Built?

Hyundai builds the 2020 Genesis G90 in South Korea.

Which Genesis G90 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Genesis G90 is available in two models: 3.3T Premium and 5.0 Ultimate. The main difference is the engine. The Ultimate's V8 engine doesn’t feel that much stronger than the Premium's twin-turbo V6, so we recommend sticking with the base model.

Nearly all of the car's features come standard. Both trims include an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is optional for $2,500.

Genesis G90 3.3T Premium

The base model Genesis starts at $72,200 and comes standard with a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Standard features include Nappa leather upholstery, a 22-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front and rear seats, a sunroof, power rear sunshades, proximity keyless entry, a hands-free trunk, power soft-closing doors, an adaptive suspension, and LED headlights.

Also standard is a 12.3-inch infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, a 17-speaker premium stereo, and wireless device charging.

The Genesis G90 Premium also comes with a long list of standard driver assistance technology, including forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, driver attention monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist. Adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, and a head-up display are also standard.

Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate

The Genesis G90 Ultimate features a 5.0-liter V8 engine and adds a rear-seat entertainment system, power-adjustable rear seats, and ventilated rear seats. This model starts at $75,700.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Genesis dealer.

See 2020 Genesis G90 specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2020 Genesis G90 hits most of the important marks for a flagship luxury sedan. It serves up an impeccable interior, welcoming seating, and graceful driving dynamics. This car belongs on the shopping list of most people looking for a luxury large car.

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

  • "There's still a big value advantage here, too, as the G90 costs thousands less than the competition. The 2019 Genesis G90 was … one of the best large luxury sedans and the 2020 model continues this trend, only in a more distinctively styled manner." -- Edmunds
  • "The G90 seems like it'll stand out as a distinctly different beast than the Genesis-cum-G80 that the former model looked like. It's a new, unique, interesting thing. It's not the same as a Mercedes S-Class. And now that it's not trying to be, it's a much better car." -- Road and Track
  • "[T]his is essentially the same G90 sedan that launched in 2016, the first model to be sold under the standalone Genesis brand. That means it's as quiet, comfortable and well-appointed as it's ever been. Did I mention it's also one heck of a bargain?" -- CNET
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