- - Sunday, November 27, 2016

With a list of reasons why you will love this vehicle, the 2017 Genesis G80 is quality and quantity wrapped into a nice little package that is arguably one of the best bangs for the buck in the full-size luxury sedan world.

Many folks will remember Genesis was recently part of the Hyundai name, now it is just the Genesis without the Hyundai moniker attached and touting its own brand.

With the G80 introduction for 2017, Genesis has also upped the ante with additional features including the Tech and Signature packages, which now come standard.

The competition for the Genesis is high-end though, so while the price is right, this vehicle is running with the big boys and might not be a first choice.

Look anyway.

The Genesis G80 sits alongside the Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series and the Lexus GS 350.

The 2017 Genesis G80 is available in two engine models with all-wheel drive as an option on the V6 engine. Otherwise, the standard package is impressive with 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, automatic wipers with heated and auto-dimming mirrors, keyless ignition and entry and a rearview camera.

For comfort, you get heated seats that adjust in eight different positions as well as an adjustable steering wheel and leather upholstery. For the techie, you won’t be disappointed since there is an eight-inch touchscreen that also has a navigation system, the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone, the Genesis Connected Services and seven speakers with a CD player, audio jack and a USB port in the front center console.

If you opt for the all-wheel-drive version of the Genesis G80, you get extras like a heated steering wheel and heated back seats.

The packages that come optional on this one are the 3.8: Premium or the Ultimate.

On the Premium package option, add fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, panoramic sunroof, air-conditioned front seats, power rear sunshade and a seven-inch information display along with 14 speakers.

For the Ultimate package, you get the Premium package goodies along with a powered trunk, extra plush leather inside and the driver seat has a thigh cushion extension. Take note of the wood and aluminum interior for extra luxury and there is a 9.2-inch screen. The Genesis folks have even added a carbon-dioxide sensor and for audio, with this package you get 17 speakers. On the 2017 Genesis G80 5.0 Ultimate trim you get the Ultimate package with a larger engine along with 19-inch wheels and fancy exhaust tips and door plates.

Under the hood, the Genesis G80 offers either the 3.8-liter V6 engine or the 5.0-liter V8 and both have the eight-speed automatic transmission.

With rear-wheel drive, the V6 engine cranks out 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque, but this engine can be had with all-wheel drive too. The V8 is strictly rear-wheel drive and it puts out a strong 420 horsepower with 383 pound feet of torque.

For safety, the features on the 2017 Genesis 380 includes not only the standard antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front head restraints, dual front, front and rear side, full-length side curtain and driver-side knee airbags, but also the advanced blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning features. You also get the Genesis Connected Services and a handy SOS button if needed. There is a vehicle locator and other advanced features include a frontal collision warning and an automatic emergency braking system.

This Genesis has a long wheelbase, which translates into more room inside the cabin for legroom in the backseat. The variety of adjusts for driver and passenger are impressive. However I was wishing there was a massage feature or just one more little adjustment to make my legs comfortable for the longer drives.

For hauling you get 15.3 cubic feet, it’s large for the segment.

The material inside the cabin is luxurious and well thought out. There are just the right amount of knobs and dials to get acquainted with as you learn that this Genesis is not only user friendly, but offers just enough, but not too much detail.

Riding and gliding like a luxury sedan should, the 2017 Genesis G80 feels good, has a strong and sturdy approach to the road and even with the sunroof open there is only a slight noise factor, which does not interrupt conversation.

Whether it is the V6 or the V8 you are eyeing, both engines offer plenty of luxury sedan power and will make your driving experience enjoyable whether around town or long haul.

Should You Need to Know: The 2017 Genesis G80 has impressive warranty coverage much like the Hyundai and the crash test scores are notable too.

Miles Per Gallon: On the 2017 Genesis G80 RWD 3.8 I drove, it came in with 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: The 2017 Genesis G80 RWD 3.8 I drove had a price tag of $51,300.

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