2022 Genesis G80: A Disappointing Reliability Rating Ruins an Impressive Road Test From Consumer Reports

Genesis is a relatively new luxury car brand that’s owned by Hyundai, and it’s already made a strong impression with a lineup of highly-rated cars. However, unfortunately for the South Korean automaker, the brand-new 2022 Genesis G80 received a very poor reliability rating despite posting a high road-test score from Consumer Reports. Here’s a look at the 2022 Genesis G80, its reliability rating, and whether or not customers should consider buying one.

The 2022 Genesis G80 scored very well on its road test

The third generation of the Genesis G80 midsize luxury sedan model
Genesis G80 | HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY.

As Consumer Reports wrote, Genesis recently redesigned the G80 midsize luxury sedan, and it now easily competes with the other luxury cars in its class. In fact, the Genesis G80 received an 89 out of 100 on its road test score, which is very impressive. That score is largely thanks to how the G80 performs on the road. 

In terms of powertrain options, the Genesis G80 comes with two options. It comes with a standard 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gets 300 horsepower, but customers can upgrade that to a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine with 375 horsepower. Both engine options are very good, and it’s also great that the G80 handles very well when it’s on the road.

On top of that, the G80 is a luxury car, and Genesis made sure that its interior was up to snuff. It has an excellent ride quality, a quiet cabin, and plenty of headroom and legroom. Genesis provided the car with many tech features, including a 14.5-inch touchscreen display and plenty of standard smart safety features. These features ultimately allowed the G80 to score a perfect 100 out of 100 in terms of its driving experience.

The G80 luxury sedan earned a terrible reliability rating from Consumer Reports

Unfortunately, despite Hyundai and Genesis having a good track record when it comes to reliability, the G80 got a poor score from Consumer Reports in this regard. The G80 only received a 2 out of 5 for its predicted reliability rating. The good news is that this poor predicted reliability score seems to be a quirk with how the rating is determined.

Obviously, it’s pretty tough to get a true reliability score for a car that just came out, as owners need time to drive their car around and see if there are any issues. That’s why Consumer Reports has a predicted reliability rating that’s based on, in part, how older model years of a car performed in terms of reliability. 

The Genesis G80 scored poorly on its predicted reliability rating, primarily because the older model years, especially the 2019 version, were not very reliable. However, Consumer Reports doesn’t have any reliability data from the 2020 and 2021 model years, and the G80 was redesigned in the 2021 model year. As such, it’s not very clear just how reliable the brand-new G80 is right now.

Should luxury car customers consider buying a 2022 Genesis G80?

Because it’s hard to know how reliable the 2022 Genesis G80 is, its low predicted reliability score isn’t the end of the world. Owners may drive their G80 around for a few thousand miles and experience few issues. That said, the opposite is also possible.

Ultimately, that’s why the G80 remains a solid choice for luxury car customers. It’s a luxury sedan that starts at about $48,000, and it performs very well on the road. According to Consumer Reports, other than its predicted reliability score, it has few additional issues.

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