Fuel Economy Separates the 2021 Genesis GV80 and 2021 Tesla Model X

The 2021 Genesis GV80 and 2021 Tesla Model X have very similar ratings from Consumer Reports. So how do you decide between them? Consider fuel efficiency. As you might imagine, the Tesla Model X is far better for the environment – and your wallet – than the Genesis GV80.

A gold 2021 Genesis GV80 with a city in the background.
2021 Genesis GV80 | Genesis

Which ratings are similar?

The overall score for the GV80 and Model X are very similar. Consumer Reports gives the Genesis GV80 an overall rating of 62, and a road test score of 81. Similarly, the Tesla Model X has an overall rating of 65 and a road test score of 83.

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Genesis GV80 scores a perfect 5/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 6.0 seconds. Its transmission scores a 5/5. Routine handling receives a very good 4/5, while emergency handling only gets a 3/5. The Genesis GV80’s max avoidance speed is 52 mph. The Genesis GV80 gets a perfect 5/5 for its braking. It can brake from 60 mph on dry pavement in 129 feet and 139 feet on wet pavement.

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Tesla Model X a 5/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in a super fast 4.9 seconds. Its transmission scores a perfect 5/5. Routine and emergency handling both receive a very good 4/5. The Tesla Model X’s max avoidance speed is 54 mph. Braking is fantastic in the X. It scores a 5/5 and can brake from 60 mph on wet pavement in 127 feet and dry pavement in 135 feet. 

The safety ratings between the GV80 and Model X are very similar as well

The 2021 Genesis GV80 comes standard with all of the safety features Consumer Reports recommends except for automatic emergency braking at highway speeds, which isn’t available for the 2021 Genesis GV80. 

Only the IIHS crash-tested the 2021 Genesis GV80. It gave the GV80 all good scores. The NHTSA didn’t crash test the GV80.

The 2021 Tesla Model X comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning. It also has a rear camera, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights. There’s no option to get blind-spot warning or rear cross-traffic warning. 

The IIHS hasn’t crash-tested the 2021 Tesla Model X, but the NHTSA has. It gives the 2021 Tesla Model X all good crash test-ratings.

Fuel economy is obviously very different

The 2021 Genesis GV80 has a much lower fuel economy score, with a 2. Consumer Reports’ overall mileage is 18 mpg, and its annual fuel costs are estimated to be $1,880. The cruising range for the GV80 is 375 miles.


The greenhouse gas rating isn’t very good, at a 4. The smog rating is a mediocre 5.

On the other hand, the 2021 Tesla Model X gets a 5 for fuel economy. Its overall mileage is 87 mpge, and no annual fuel cost. Of course, there are charging costs, but these vary, especially if you also have solar roof panels. 

The greenhouse gas rating is a 10, as is the smog rating.

If you’re torn between these two midsize luxury SUVs, you may want to let fuel economy help you make the decision. Although the 2021 Genesis GV80 and the 2021 Tesla Model X are both good SUVs, the Model X is far better for the environment and your budget.

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