2018 Genesis G80 Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
The Genesis G80 is one of the nicest cars among mid-sized luxury cars. It may not have the brand cachet of the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but it's a formidable competitor delivering comfort, refinement, interior room and user-friendly controls.   Known for being a great value, the Genesis continues to be an enticing value proposition.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard. FCW, AEB, and BSW standard.
Road Test

The Genesis G80 is one of the nicest cars among mid-sized luxury cars. It may not have the brand cachet of the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but it's a formidable competitor delivering comfort, refinement, interior room and user-friendly controls.  

Known for being a great value, the Genesis continues to be an enticing value proposition. Our fully loaded all-wheel drive, 3.8-liter V6 test car cost about $10,000 less than a comparably equipped Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Cadillac CTS, Jaguar XF, Lexus GS, or Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Adding all-wheel drive is a key feature in this category. It rides comfortably, has a quiet cabin and with any one of the available engines, provides ample motivation. Handling is respectable, but not overtly sporty. 

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD, Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.3-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)
  • 3.8-liter V6 (311 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (420 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Genesis G80 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"Intermittent no screen or back up camera"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)
Hardware replacement

"Electronic problem, dealer repaired it"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Navigation system was not working when we took delivery of the car on April 12. We were first told that the car needed a different navigation chip, later that the radio needed a software update. We returned car to the dealer but they were unable to perform update. After a week and a half a Hyundai representative came to dealer and fixed the problem. We are expecting dealer to deliver the car to our residence on Monday, May 7. We have had the use of a loaner car from the dealer in the meanwhile but one without a functioning navigation system."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)

"Must too complicated. TomTom or other off the shelf GPS's work better"

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)
Radio

"Screen says antenna not connected for satellite radio"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)
Routine software updates

"When I took delivery of car, the navigation system would not work. Genesis told me that system needed a software update, but they were unable to download it. After going through two levels of Genesis experts they were finally able to fix the problem, but I was without my new car for 4 weeks. The dealer did give my a loaner for this period, but it did not have its navigation system activated."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"When I turned off the ignition on my 2015 Genesis,I heard a chime,which assured me that the engine was turned off properly.It was missing on my G80,until I had valet service ,at which time,the chimes were reinstalled. I think it was a computer problem. Fine,now."

Harold K., FL (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)

"The assisted steering went out."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.3-L V6 turbo)
Voice control commands

"Too difficult to us"

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)

"Response of navigation system to voice commands to chose destination is unacceptably slow. Genesis service has tald me that this cannot be improved"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Leaking O ring causing the car to overheat"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Genesis G80 V8 5.0-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"The Genesis G80 ultimate comes with a panoramic sunroof which unfortunately rattles when driving over any road imperfection. 5 trips to the dealer and Genesis still can't find the problem."

Kevin K., TN (2018 Genesis G80 V8 5.0-L V8)

"Excesive amount of squeaks, rattles, and pops throughout the cabin. Pano sunroof in particular, makes lots of noises with body flex. Not becoming of a luxury brand."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Genesis G80 V8 5.0-L V8)

"Road noises are very evident as are noises from the interior materials. I've had it to the dealer several times to have the noise (coming from the exit handle right at my ear when driving) without success."

William R., PA (2018 Genesis G80 5.0-L V8)

"On the front passenger side there is a squeak which is like 2 materials rubbing together"

Anonymous, (2018 Genesis G80 Unsure Unsure)

"Noises when the road is not perfectly smooth"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"The car collapsed to the pavement while driving due to failure right front shock absorber"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Most if not all 2018 Genesis G80s came with Continental Pro Contact TX tires. These tires cause vibrations through the drivetrain, car seats and steering wheel. While Genesis would not acknowledge that these tires are defective (or at the very least not a good match for the cars suspension), they did agree to replace the tires on my car with Michelin Pilot Sport AS3s -- the problem is now resolved."

Kevin K., TN (2018 Genesis G80 V8 5.0-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

"Tire type can't be repaired when punctured. Had to replace 3 tires."

Conrad R., CA (2018 Genesis G80 Sport 3.3-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"washer bracket could get loose and cause fire"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Genesis G80 Sport 3.3-L V6 turbo)
Other/unsure

"works intermittently"

R C., MD (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"The lock on rear passenger side door failed. We couldn't open the door from inside or outside."

Robert K., FL (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Rotors

"There was a TSB performed on the car by the dealership before I purchased it. This caused the rotors behave like they were warped."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"rear top bumper guard had white hard bubbles in it."

Richard J., FL (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.8-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Warning lights

"The tire inflation warning light were not working correctly. I was told that 1 sensor needed to be replaced but before it was replaced, it started working correctly."

Gerry S., SC (2018 Genesis G80 V6 3.3-L V6 turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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