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2018 Genesis G90 KBB Expert Review

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By Keith Buglewicz

Genesis is the new luxury division from Hyundai, and the full-size 2018 Genesis G90 sedan is its flagship. Despite the dominance of SUVs in the marketplace these days, there's still something to be said for a full-size luxury sedan, and the one Genesis has built is exceedingly comfortable, quiet, luxurious and surprisingly agile. Does it beat the newest BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, or Lexus LS at their own game? Well, no. But it's a solid bet against older sedans like the Infiniti Q70 and Audi A8, with the Genesis G90 making a good case for itself, especially when price is a factor. It will take a while for the Genesis brand to match the prestige of its more established competitors, but if it keeps making cars as fundamentally good as the G90, it's on the right track.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're living champagne dreams on a beer budget, the 2018 Genesis G90 is just what you're looking for. That's not a backhanded compliment, either, as the G90 offers all of the premium features you could hope for, just without a budget-busting price tag.

You May Not Like This Car If...

We all know that there's more to luxury than just "more stuff," and while the G90 offers up lots of stuff, Genesis isn't yet the kind of aspirational badge that can rival Lexus, BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

What's New for 2018

Both the Genesis brand and the G90 were all-new last year, so changes are kept to a minimum this year. Dynamic LED headlights are standard, the V8-powered Ultimate gets a rear-seat entertainment system, and every model gets a CD/DVD player.

Driving It Driving Impressions

If your luxury sedan must be big, comfortable and quiet, the 2018 Genesis G90 is unquestionably on target. In traffic, in its most luxurious ride setting, the G90 stays smooth and quiet, with the cushy ride stopping just short of being too soft. You could drive the G90 for hours on end and still arrive relaxed and refreshed. But there's a Sport mode, and if you turn it on, the suspension stiffens and suddenly the G90's demeanor changes. There's just enough bite to the suspension that you'll think, "Hey, what if I cook it through that onramp?" And the G90 responds pleasantly, with suspension motions well controlled, steering that's nicely communicative, and eye-opening grip. All while you're ensconced in an organically luxurious interior filled with all the right textures, appearances and even smells.

Favorite Features

Active-safety systems are nothing new, but even on the luxury end of the spectrum things like lane-keeping assist, driver-attention monitor, active cruise control with full stop and start, emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and a head-up display are options. Not so the Genesis G90, where they’re all standard.

The V8-powered G90 5.0 Ultimate is more than just an engine upgrade. There's also a significant enhancement to the rear seat, including independently adjustable outboard positions with seat memory, to keep your rear-seat passenger's favorite spot just the way he or she likes it.

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