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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 Genesis G80 AWD 2.5T Advanced

Vehicle Type: Large Gasoline
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Category Ranking: 2

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $50,850
Price as Tested: $56,875

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 17.2
EPA City mpg22
EPA Highway mpg30
EPA Combined mpg25

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

People who’ve done well financially don’t squander their money, which is a strong argument in favor of the Genesis G80. This large luxury sedan offers most everything you’d expect in a high-end automobile, at a price thousands less than comparable European models. The G80 was completely redesigned for 2021. Its exterior design is a bit polarizing. Acceleration from the 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (300 hp) is satisfying. The ride quality is smooth and comfortable, if not quite on a par with class leaders. Fuel economy is decent: 25 mpg in combined driving. But more engine, tire, and road noise get into the cabin than you'd expect with a luxury sedan. The cabin has plenty of room both front and rear, but at 13 cubic feet, the trunk is on the small side. Standard amenities include heated and ventilated front seats, a 15-inch touch screen, and GPS navigation. We found the infotainment system unintuitive and difficult to use, and rear visibility is limited. The G80 also has a host of advanced tech and safety features, including LED headlights with auto high beams, and an excellent factory warranty.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Smooth, comfortableride
  • Spacious interior
  • Numerous standardadvanced safetyfeatures
  • Heated and ventilatedfront seats

Weak Points

  • Polarizing exterior styling
  • Difficult-to-useinfotainment system
  • Less-than-premiuminterior quality
  • Limited rear visibility

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4340.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 196.7 / 75.8 / 57.7
Wheelbase (in): 118.5
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 60/60,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Primacy Tour A/S
Front and rear tire size: 245/45 R19
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 8-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.5L 4-Cyl. turbo GDI
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 300 @ 5800

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