Genesis GV80: Which Should You Buy, 2022 or 2021?

genesis-gv80-2021-03-angle-dynamic-exterior-front-maroon.jpg 2021 Genesis GV80 | photo by Steven Pham

Most significant changes: Newly available matte paint colors and more interior upholstery choices, with minor enhancements otherwise

Price change: $1,000-$2,500 increase, depending on trim level, including $50 destination fee increase

Which should you buy, 2022 or 2021? 2021, if you don’t mind the new interior or exterior aesthetic choices; it’s likely easier to find as of this writing.

On sale: Now, with limited availability as of this writing

Genesis’ first-ever SUV, the GV80, debuted as a 2021 model and impressed our editors enough to earn a nomination for our Best of 2021 award. For 2022, the luxurious and relatively affordable mid-size SUV returns with minimal changes beyond additional paint and upholstery choices, plus some very minor feature enhancements.

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2022 Genesis GV80 2.5T
487 mi.
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2022 Genesis GV80 2.5T
164 mi.
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Powertrain choices remain either a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a 375-hp, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, each paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder is available in rear- or all-wheel drive, while the V-6 comes exclusively with AWD.

Pricing and Availability

Despite the minimal changes, prices increase across the board for 2022 — up $1,000 to $2,500, though $50 of that comes by way of an uptick in the GV80’s destination fee. Full pricing, including the now $1,095 destination fee, is below. The 2022 model year is on sale now, but Genesis’ website said as of this writing that there is “limited availability.”

  • 2022 Genesis GV80 2.5T RWD: $51,295 (up $1,350)
  • 2022 Genesis GV80 2.5T AWD: $57,195 (up $1,500)
  • 2022 Genesis GV80 3.5T AWD: $61,695 (up $1,000)
  • 2022 Genesis GV80 3.5T Advanced Plus AWD: $69,095 (up $2,500)

Which Should You Buy?

Even without factoring in the apparent difficulty in locating a 2022 GV80, the updates and subsequent price increases make the 2021 seem like a better option, so long as you don’t care about the 2022-exclusive matte paint colors or the new Urban Brown and Vanilla Beige leatherette upholstery.

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