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2018 Genesis G90 Review

The 2018 Genesis G90 ranks near the top of the luxury large car class thanks to its refined performance, spacious and elegant interior, and great safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Well-balanced performance
  • Elegant and spacious interior
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Numerous standard driver assistance features
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Steep five-year ownership costs for class

New for 2018

  • Standard adaptive LED headlights
  • Available rear-seat DVD entertainment system

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Genesis G90's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Luxury Large Cars category. Currently the Genesis G90 has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 9.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.5
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. Its overall score is being calculated without reliability.
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Is the 2018 Genesis G90 a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2018 Genesis G90 is a good luxury large car. A relative newcomer onto a competitive scene, it goes toe to toe with well-established rivals. The G90 is fun to drive, its interior quality hits the luxury target, and it boasts a long list of standard infotainment and active safety features.

The 2018 G90 has numerous strengths:

  • Two powerful engine options
  • Pampering ride and poised handling
  • Posh interior
  • Ample passenger room
  • Tons of standard driver assistance technology
  • User-friendly infotainment features
  • Excellent crash-test results

It has a couple notable weaknesses:

  • Below-average fuel economy
  • High five-year ownership costs for class
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 23 Genesis G90 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2018 Genesis G90?

Based on listings for the 2018 Genesis G90 on our site, the average list price is $60,400. Prices range from $51,500 to $75,300 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Genesis G90 Cost to Own?

The 2018 G90’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $36,800, or $7,360 per year. That’s above average for a luxury large car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New G90?

The 2019 Genesis G90 carries over with no major changes from 2018. Therefore, you may be better served by purchasing the nearly identical 2018 model. Doing so could save you lots of money. Prices for the 2018 G90 range from around $51,500 to $75,300, while the 2019 G90 starts at $69,350.

Read about the new Genesis G90 »

The Genesis G90 was introduced as an all-new model for 2017, when Hyundai spun off its luxury car division into a standalone brand. Changes made for the 2018 G90 include standard adaptive headlights and a newly available rear-seat DVD entertainment system. If these enhancements aren’t that important to you, consider a very similar inaugural 2017 G90, which will likely cost you less.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Genesis G90?

At the time of writing, the Genesis G90 has not received a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

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2018 Genesis G90 Recalls

One recall has been issued for the 2018 Genesis G90 as of this writing:

  • The front and rear windshield glass may be improperly bonded, increasing the likelihood that the glass could detach while driving

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Genesis G90 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Genesis G90 comes in two trims: 3.3T Premium and 5.0 Ultimate. The main difference between the two models is the engine, clearly stated in the trim name. Most shoppers should be fine with the standard powertrain, and you won’t get that many additional features by picking the 5.0 model. In addition to a larger engine, the G90’s higher trim mostly adds luxuries for rear-seat passengers. Both trims are available with either rear- or all-wheel drive.

  • Genesis G90 3.3T Premium: The 2018 Genesis G90 Premium comes standard with Nappa leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, proximity keyless entry, remote start, and three-zone automatic climate control. Standard infotainment features include a 12.3-inch display, a 17-speaker surround-sound stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, navigation, and wireless device charging. Standard driver assistance features contain a surround-view parking camera, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and driver attention monitoring.
  • Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate: The Genesis G90 Ultimate comes with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, ventilated rear seats, a 14-way power-adjustable and reclining rear passenger-side seat, and a 12-way power-adjustable and reclining rear driver's side seat.

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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 G90?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Genesis G90 a Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s highest honor. The G90 aced every test, earning the highest rating of Good in six crash tests and for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead. The G90 also received the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its front crash prevention features.

As of this writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash-tested the 2018 G90.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • adaptive headlights
  • automatic high beams
  • head-up display
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • forward collision warning
  • pedestrian detection
  • automatic emergency braking
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • driver attention monitoring
  • surround-view parking camera
  • front and rear parking sensors

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2018 Genesis G90 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Genesis G90 or 2018 Audi A7?

The 2018 Audi A7 ranks midpack among luxury large cars, but it's far from a bad vehicle. Choosing between it and the G90 may come down to what you prioritize. The Genesis feels more at home comfortably cruising on the highway, while the Audi is more agile through turns. The A7 also comes standard with all-wheel drive. Both cars have base engines with sufficient power, but the A7 is available in bona fide high-performance models, with robust acceleration that the G90 can't match.

The Genesis has a much longer list of standard safety features, as well as a little extra rear-seat space compared to the A7. The Audi, meanwhile, has a slightly nicer interior and much more cargo space owing to its fastback design. Expect to pay around $3,300 more in five-year operating costs driving the Genesis. The G90's average list price also is around $1,000 more than the A7's.

Which Is Better: 2018 Genesis G90 or 2018 Mercedes-Benz?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a luxury midsize car that offers a lot of versatility. It's available in sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles, as well as a wagon that seats up to seven. Both the E-Class and the G90 deliver a posh, comfortable ride and buttoned-down handling. The Benz offers a variety of engine options that range from tame to a 603-horsepower V8 monster. These rivals each offer a long list of active safety and driver assistance features, though the G90 includes more as standard equipment. The E-Class, conversely, comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which you won't find in the Genesis.

Buying an E-Class will probably be easier and lighter on your wallet than buying a G90. There are hundreds more used 2018 E-Class models on the market, some likely with lower prices than a G90. You'd also pay around $4,500 less in total driving costs over five years with the E-Class.

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2018 G90 Performance

How Does the 2018 Genesis G90 Drive?

The 2018 Genesis G90 is available with one of two very capable powertrains. The standard twin-turbocharged V6 delivers plenty of muscle both from a stop and when you’re already cruising. There isn’t much noticeable difference in the available 5.0-liter V8. Both engines come mated to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission that downshifts enthusiastically when more power is needed.

The G90 comes standard with an adaptive suspension that does a great job of smoothing out bumps in the road and delivering a ride you’d expect from a luxury sedan. Despite the G90’s focus on a plush ride, it has competent handling and good steering feedback. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • Base engine: 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6
  • Available engine: 420-horsepower 5.0-liter V8
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Genesis G90 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 G90’s fuel economy is a little below average for its class.

  • Twin-turbo V6, RWD/AWD: 17/24 mpg city/highway
  • V8, RWD: 16/24 mpg
  • V8, AWD: 15/23 mpg

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2018 G90 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 G90 Seat?

The 2018 G90 seats five people in two rows. The front seats are well-cushioned and offer great support on long drives. Nearly two dozen power adjustments make it easy to find a relaxing position; massaging seats are about the only seating amenity the G90 doesn’t offer. Back-seat passengers might even have it better than those up front, as legroom and headroom are extensive.

Standard seating features:

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • 22-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • 16-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • heated front and rear seats
  • ventilated front seats
  • power rear-window sunshades
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • heated steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • ventilated rear seats
  • 14-way power-adjustable and reclining rear passenger-side seat
  • 12-way power-adjustable and reclining rear driver's side seat
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Genesis G90?

The 2018 G90 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats, but that’s about the only hiccup you’ll encounter. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2018 Genesis G90 Features

The G90 impresses with its long list of standard infotainment features. A 12-inch screen displays sharp graphics and responds quickly to your inputs. The menus are straightforward and easy to navigate. Despite all this included technology, the G90 still conspicuously lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which you can find in many luxury competitors and nonluxury vehicles as well.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 12.3-inch display, a 17-speaker surround-sound stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, wireless device charging, navigation, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a rear-seat DVD entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: a 7-inch digital display in the instrument cluster, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, and three-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Genesis G90 Dimensions

Genesis G90 Cargo Space

The Genesis G90 has 15.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for a luxury large car. That’s enough room for several large suitcases, and while the rear seats don’t collapse, a center pass-through allows you to fit long, thin objects. A hands-free power trunk is standard.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Genesis G90 Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 1 inch
  • Curb weight: 4,630 to 4,905 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Genesis G90 Built?

Hyundai built the Genesis G90 in South Korea.

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