When considering an executive vehicle to add to a fleet, some familiar names will come to mind. Here's a new one to add to that list: Genesis. After having spent some time in the 2017 Genesis G80 I have to admit that all the attention put into the car is noticeable. From the easy-to-use 9.2-inch high-definition touchscreen to the fine leather covered 16-way power driver seat, the G80 exudes quality.
Let's start with the basics. We received the RWD 5.0 Ultimate trim, which comes with a 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 420 horsepower mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and SHIFTRONIC with paddle shifters sending power to the rear wheels.
It received five stars from the NHTSA and includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, and smart cruise control with standard stop-and-start technology. We were never left wanting for more power when it came time to make a pass or merge onto the freeway, and we were able to maneuver through traffic safely.
Other standard features include the panoramic sunroof, matte finish wood and aluminum trim, premium leather heated and ventilated front seats, front and rear parking sensors with parking guidelines on the rearview camera, 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, and a full color heads-up display.
It drives incredibly smoothly thanks to fully-independent, five-link front and rear suspension that's very quiet thanks to acoustic laminated glass among other sound-absorbing materials. It handles like a much smaller car thanks to its 52/48 weight distribution.
Taking the G80 through the streets of Los Angeles was a pleasure. I barely noticed the road imperfections, and outside noise was almost indiscernible. The car easily made it through the tight turns and, thanks to the all the sensors, parking was a cinch.
The navigation system and center console was easy to use and, because of the full color heads-up display, I never had to take my eyes off the road. Speaking of that heads-up display, it lets the driver know their speed, the posted speed limit, whether or not lane keep assist is engaged, which side of the lane you're close to going over or have gone over, and the next turn you'll be making if navigation has been set.
All these things come together to make sure the executive of your company is taken care of, and at $54,550, it provides tremendous value in its market segment. If you can do without some of the creature comforts and technology upgrades, you can opt for the 3.8-liter V-6 which makes 311 horsepower at an even more affordable $41,400. You can even add all wheel drive to the V-6 variant for an extra $2,500 if you're in an area prone to inclement weather.