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2018 Genesis G80

$41,750 — $59,500 MSRP
Sedan
5 Seats
18-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Comfortable seats
  • Materials befitting a luxury vehicle
  • Smooth power from base V-6
  • Lots of room in the backseat
  • Styling is sharp and modern
  • Plethora of standard safety features

The Bad

  • Not very exciting to drive
  • Steering too vague
  • Fuel economy lags the rest of the class
  • Lack of charge points in backseat
2018 Genesis G80 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Genesis G80
  • Updated front and rear styling
  • New twin-turbo V-6 engine available
  • V-8 engine available
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Hyundai's Genesis brand is going sporty with its new G80 Sport, which we saw at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Watch the video for more.

What it is: The Genesis G80 is a full-size luxury sedan that comes in three trim levels. The base model comes with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine while a new 3.3T Sport version is powered by a twin-turbo V-6; the range-topping model is the 5.0 Ultimate, which is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8. All three engines are available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Cadillac CTS and Audi A6.

New for 2018

The new 3.3T Sport model is powered by a 365-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 engine and features unique exterior and interior styling cues. The front and rear styling of other G80s has been updated, and the cabin gets a new instrument cluster and shift knob. A driver-drowsiness monitor is now standard.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
67 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Styling is beautiful

by steve o from Hamburg, nj on November 10, 2018

Seats could be softer to make long trips more pleasant. Doors could use a vertical interior handle mounted within easier reach. 18 inch wheels transmit too much road surface imperfections into the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Superb driving vehicle.

by Tom from Clarksville, TN on October 26, 2018

Super to drive, powerful and smooth. Excellent design and look. Comfortable on the highway and local traffic. Quiet interior, great sound system along with a well appointed interior. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Genesis G80 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Genesis G80 3.8

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The G80 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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