Genesis is still a relatively new independent brand, only breaking away from its Hyundai luxury sub-brand status in recent years. Because of this, some drivers still are unsure what to expect from the 2017 Genesis G90. Simply put, this sedan has powerful engines, a luxurious feel, all the standard and available features you could want, and sleek styling. One of the only downsides is that those who want a luxury auto with brand recognition won’t find what they are looking for as the Genesis brand is incredibly new; in fact, the 2017 G90 was its first all-new auto.
Athletic Elegance Design Language
The full-size 2017 Genesis G90 has a design language that the automaker refers to as “athletic elegance.” The vehicle is long, offering more than enough interior space for passengers and cargo. It also has a somewhat regal appearance, including the new “crest” grille that you will find on other Genesis models. It features a chrome shield with a wide top and tapered bottom. The side view shows off the rear-wheel-drive stance, short overhangs, and short deck.
Interior Styling and Features
The interior of the 2017 G90 continues the elegant yet athletic feel with a spacious 12.3-inch screen in the middle of the dash. The buttons below the screen are ergonomically-designed, and all materials are of the highest quality, whether you appreciate metal, wood, leather, or Alcantara.
Whether you are behind the wheel, in the front passenger seat, or even in the second row, the G90 delivers luxury and comfort. The driver’s seat comes standard with 22-way power-adjustment, and, thanks to the extended wheelbase, rear-seat passengers have a surprising amount of room to stretch out. The rear seat even has a fold-down armrest in the center, complete with a dial for controlling climate and audio. Higher trims can add in ventilated and heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, three-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, 17 speakers, a head-up display, Qi wireless charging, power rear seats, and even rear seat ventilation.
There are two powerful engines on offer with the Genesis G90. However, the two are more similar than some drivers would like. The Lambda V6 generates 376 pound-feet for torque and 365 horsepower; the Tau 5.0-liter V8 is familiar from the Equus with its 383 pound-feet and 420 horsepower. Either engine works with a Hyundai-produced 8-speed automatic transmission. Both engines also deliver 0 to 60 mph times just a bit above six seconds. Those who care about efficiency should go with the V6 to save one or two mpg, depending on whether you go with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Nice and Safe
As it’s the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick+, you should feel confident in the 2017 Genesis G90’s ability to keep you safe wherever you go. Standard features include forward collision warning, numerous cameras, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, nine airbags, and adaptive cruise control. With so much safety technology as standard, there is no need for any options.