It used to be that choosing a Genesis model meant getting a good luxury car for a lower price than the rivals, but the experience wasn’t as rewarding. For 2023, Genesis goes from playing nice to a full-on assault against the established large luxury sedans.
Gone are the days of the large but vanilla styling of the previous G90 sedan. The latest update really gives this large, long sedan some curb appeal. Gone are the days of hiding in the parking lot. A large shapely grill that now signals a pricey luxury car. The LED quad headlights are very memorable when you see it on the street. This is a very big car and it’s long like a high-end luxury car with clean lines and bright trim work.
Large 21-inch wheels help fill the wheel arches nicely and the body flows nicely to the trunk. Simple, yet elegant taillights complete the G90.
A big dose of luxury will open your eyes when you step inside the G90. Just push a button and the power-closing doors will do the work and shut you into an escape from the hustle and bustle outside.
You are greeted by top-notch materials with rich wood trim and a bright, airy open feeling in the cabin. It is a different experience especially if most of your experience is with German sedans. The Nappa leather feels very nice to the touch and the heated and ventilated seats are a dream.
Power seats are for both front and outer rear seat passengers and the massage function is an enjoyable comfort. Passengers in the rear seats can relax by enjoying a footrest that pops up with the touch of a button. The 3D Bang & Olufsen sound system gives you several different sound experiences. The trunk has space but it is not as large as some other big sedans.
While big in size, this G90 is surprisingly easy to maneuver thanks to rear wheels that also turn when you steer. This helps make the G90 easy to park and maneuver sharper turns with ease. The driving experience is smooth, and most bumps are not really noticed because the suspension is set to coddle you. However, the G90 is not to be confused with a sports sedan as this enjoys taking it easy on back roads. The G90 is very hushed inside the cabin and rivals the best other large luxury sedans. The 3.5T E-supercharger delivers a V-8 feel with just a six-cylinder engine thanks to two turbos and an electric supercharger to motivate this big with ease.
Cost: $98,700; as tested $101,295
MPG: 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway; I managed 19.1 mpg in 266 miles of mixed driving.
Safety: Forward collision-avoidance assist; safe exit assist; blind-spot collision avoidance assist; lane keeping assist/lane following assist; high beam assist; blind view monitor; smart cruise control with stop and go; surround view monitor; driver attention warning; parking distance waring reverse; highway drive assist2; intelligent speed assist; parking collision-avoidance assist.
Options: $1,500 Makalu Gray; $1.095 inland freight & handling
Things to know: The G90 is now a match for other large luxury sedans with improved looks, a stunning interior and it still does it for less money than others in it class.
- Good looks help the G90 standout in the crowded luxury class
- Comes packed with safety equipment and technology
- The interior is top notch with high-quality materials to rival or beat the competition
- Fuel economy isn’t much better than a V-8 engine.
- There’s a learning curve for using the infotainment system
- There’s been a jump in price between G90 trim levels and from the previous model