Luxury vehicles are primarily about labels, but Genesis is challenging this notion. If you’re looking for a car that signals opulence, the Genesis G90 sedan is worth a look. And unlike some of its competitors, the G90 has earned excellent dependability ratings, making it a great option to buy used too. The 2017 G90 has proved to be reliable, and it still feels upscale.
Background on the Genesis G90
Hyundai Motors’ first introduced Genesis as its luxury sub-brand five years ago, and the 2017 G90 was among the first new models under the division. In its short history, Genesis has already given the G90 a couple of facelifts, with the 2020 version being the snazziest of them all. Even so, the 2017 G90 still offers curb appeal, more so from the front. The real magic though, lies within the G90’s car cabin and under its hood.
Driving the 2017 G90
As a new model, the 2017 G90 impressed critics and buyers with its powerful engine options and agile handling. Standard models feature a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine that helps the G90 easily glide through city streets and on the highway.
For more oomph, shop for models with the 420-hp V8. Nevertheless, either engine makes the G90 delightful to drive. The G90’s potent engines helped it earn U.S. News’ award as the #1 used luxury large car $30K and up. U.S. News also recognizes the G90 for having five different driving modes that make every-day commutes more interesting. The only real drawback to the G90’s performance is that its below-average regarding fuel economy.
More delights on the inside
The G90’s lavish cabin easily accommodates five passengers. From a design standpoint, the G90 is clean and contemporary. This 2017 model came standard with elegant Nappa leather upholstery, plus real wood trimmings and chrome accents. Consumer Reports especially likes the G90’s soft-closing doors.
There are many other amenities on the base 3.3T Premium trim, including an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 17-speaker stereo, and wireless charging. The top-tier 5.0 Ultimate trim adds more features, including power-adjustable and ventilated rear seats with a memory function. Although, smartphone integration apps such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto weren’t standard until the 2020 model year.
Safety and reliability ratings
The IIHS named the 2017 G90 as a Top Safety Pick+, its highest award. Furthermore, the G90 is also packed with various advanced safety features, including automatic braking, pedestrian detection, and rear cross-traffic alerts. The G90’s focus on safety contributes to its high-reliability scores.
Consumer Reports gave the G90 a top reliability score based on its extensive vehicle testing. Owner satisfaction ratings are also exceedingly high for the G90. G90 owners love how comfortable their car is and are happy with its exceptional value. According to CR, 93 percent of G90 owners would repurchase this car.