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Do people buy the most recommended version of the 2023 Genesis GV80? One trim level is more popular than all the others. Every version of the Genesis luxury SUV is a viable option, but some are better than others. Some experts say the best GV80 trim level is also the most expensive. Is this luxurious three-row SUV worth paying all the extra cash? Most experts recommend one of the 2023 Genesis GV80 trims that costs more than all the rest.

A Genesis GV80 driving down a road with mountains in the background.
Genesis GV80 | Genesis

What is the most popular 2023 Genesis GV80 trim? According to Edmunds, it’s the 2.5T model, also known as the base model. As the cheapest in the lineup, this version of the GV80 starts at $51,295 and comes equipped with fewer features than all the rest. However, it gets the same turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as all the other trims. It’s good for 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque but can be optioned out for a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, which raises those numbers to 375 hp ad 391 lb-ft.

In addition, rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for the base engine and standard on the V6. Moreover, the most affordable GV80 has 19-inch alloy wheels, seating for five, a power liftgate, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, navigation, a 14.5-inch touchscreen, a 12-speaker sound system, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Finally, the GV80 2.5T Standard has adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert to improve driver safety.

It’s no wonder most people opt for the cheapest GV80. It’s well-equipped enough to satisfy most SUV buyers. Plus, it starts at about $10,000 lower than the next trim level.

Edmunds recommends a more expensive GV80

The rear of a 2023 Genesis GV80. Most experts recommend the most expensive versions of the luxury SUV.
2023 Genesis GV80 | Genesis

If you’re searching for the best version of a vehicle, head to experts to find their opinions. One trusted expert is Edmunds, who chose the 2023 Genesis GV80 3.5 Advanced. Although it isn’t the range-topping model in the lineup, it’s far more expensive than the base model. Starting at $69,095, there is an $18,000 difference between this version of the luxury SUV and the most popular one people usually choose.

“The turbocharged V6 delivers an appreciable bump in power over the base four-cylinder that matches this SUV’s excellent ride-handling balance. Advanced-spec GV80s also come with a road-sensing suspension that enhances ride comfort,” Edmunds says.

Including features from lower trims like a heated steering wheel, wireless charging pad, panoramic sunroof, and ventilated front seats, the 3.5T doesn’t add much more. Mainly, it’s the 2.5T Advanced model but with upgraded front seats and a more powerful engine.

Another expert suggests the 2023 Genesis GV80 3.5T Prestige

Like Edmunds, Car and Driver think going for the V6 engine is the right move. However, the experts at C/D like an even more expensive version of the 2023 Genesis GV80. This luxury SUV starts at $76,195, and the publication likes it best for a few reasons, but mostly the upgraded engine. Furthermore, C/D makes a good argument that all trims are well-equipped with features, so the only reason to pay more for a GV80 is to get more power.

However, the Prestige trim also adds 22-inch wheels, a large digital gauge cluster, Nappa leather upholstery, and adjustable rear seats with heating and cooling. Combined with an improved V6 and all-wheel drive, this version of the Genesis SUV has everything.

Are more expensive 2023 Genesis GV80 trims really better?

In our opinion, we think the 2023 Genesis GV80 range-topping trims have their place. If engine power, all-wheel drive, and more luxurious features like cooled rear seats are vital to you, it’s worth paying extra to get them. However, every version of the GV80 is very well-equipped. It’s evident why the base model is the most popular for buyers. For just over $50,000, most owners would be very satisfied with the features provided by the 2023 Genesis GV80 2.5T.


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