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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 GV80 AWD 3.5T Advanced

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Gasoline
74
 overall score
Category Ranking: 14

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $59,150
Price as Tested: $65,775

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 21.1
EPA City mpg18
EPA Highway mpg23
EPA Combined mpg20

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

The Genesis GV80 midsize luxury crossover, brand new in 2021, is Genesis’ first SUV, and offers plenty of value and desirable features. Our test vehicle was powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (375 hp) with an 8-speed automatic and equipped with all-wheel drive. There’s abundant power on tap, and the suspension provides a nice balance of responsive handling and a smooth ride, but gas mileage (20 mpg combined) and throttle response could stand improvement. The quiet cabin looks and feels elegant, with genuine wood trim and lots of space and comfort for all passengers. Fit and finish approach that of European and Japanese rivals, but the optional third row is suitable only for youngsters. There are also desirable standard features galore, including bright LED headlights with auto high beams, many advanced safety features, heated and cooled seats, an oversize panoramic sunroof, and a navigation system with a huge 15-inch touch screen. Where the GV80 falls short is its infotainment system. Menu displays are busy, and the recessed control knob is somewhat awkward to use. All in all, however, the GV80 is an impressive first attempt at a luxury midsize SUV.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Good value
  • Good power, smooth ride
  • Quiet cabin
  • Plenty of advanced safety/comfort features

Weak Points

  • Poor fuel-economyratings
  • Busy infotainmentmenus/quirky controlknob
  • Interior materials aren’tquite as good as classleaders

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4940.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 194.7 / 77.8 / 67.5
Wheelbase (in): 116.3
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: 265/50 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): 6000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 8-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 3.5L V6 turbo GDI
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 375 @ 5800

Test Data

Test Vehicle Scores

Advanced Safety Features:

10.00

Fuel Efficiency:

2.31

EPA Emissions Score:

5.00

Acceleration:

7.16

Braking:

6.48

Handling:

6.90

Ride Quality:

7.36

Interior Size:

4.03

Easy of Entry and Exit:

7.28

Visibility:

7.83

Interior Noise:

7.28

Cargo Capacity:

3.27
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