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Eric's Autos: 2021 Genesis G80

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Small things now come in big packages.

The Genesis G80, which is a big sedan, used to be available with a big V-8. It now comes standard with a small four. The same is true of its main rivals: the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans.

The good news -- in the case of the G80 -- is that not all the news is small. A bigger V-6 is now optional, and it has two turbochargers and makes more power than last year's optionally available V-6.

What It Is

The G80 is the second biggest sedan offered by Hyundai's luxury division, Genesis, slotting in just behind the flagship G90. It is about the same size as the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans. And, like them, it is based on a rear-wheel-drive layout with all-wheel drive available optionally.

At a price of $47,700, it comes equipped with a 300-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. At $50,850, the optional all-wheel-drive system becomes available.

 

You can upgrade the G's boiler room to a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 375 horsepower.

The rear-drive G80 so equipped costs $59,100; with the optional all-wheel-drive system, the price rises to $62,250.

What's New

In addition to its new engines, the '21 G80 also gets an updated look and new technology, including Evasive Steering Assist: a system that one-ups the more common "hit the brakes" automated collision avoidance systems that try to stop the car before it hits something. This helps the driver steer around what it may otherwise be about to hit.

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