The 2022 Genesis G90 is the flagship full-size sedan for the fledgling luxury brand, designed to compete with the biggest and most luxurious sedans out there like the Lexus LS, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, and Audi A8.

The G90 comes almost fully loaded, with only a few extras unlocked when you choose the top model. In the back of the 2022 Genesis G90, you’ll find ample legroom, heated rear seats, and power window sunshades.

The V8 model adds to that cooled rear seats, a rear entertainment system, illuminated vanity mirrors, and a 14-way power-adjustable passenger-side rear seat.

Competitors like the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class might do the rear-seat VIP thing better, but the 2022 Genesis G90 is a great choice if you want that limousine experience for less.

ENGINE AND IMPLEMENTATION

The base turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 setup with 365 horsepower is an overachiever, matching the acceleration of the 420-hp 5.0-liter V-8 from zero to 60 mph in our testing. Both powertrains pair with a responsive eight-speed automatic transmission and offer either rear- or all-wheel drive.

We don’t see any reason to pay extra for the less efficient V-8 unless you prefer its more relaxed, old-school character and distinctive sound. Although the 2022 Genesis G90 doesn’t accelerate as rapidly as its competitors, neither the V-6 nor the V-8 engine will leave you wanting more power.

Quietness and cushiness reign supreme, and the Genesis can feel a bit sloppy as you push the pace through a road’s curvy bits. Its soft and pillowy ride evokes thoughts of Buicks from the 1970s, but not necessarily in a bad way. It smooths out rough roads and imparts a serene, planted feel to the highway.

The trade-off is a fair amount of body roll in corners, but precise and light steering keeps the heavy 2022 Genesis G90 from feeling like a total boat. Its brake pedal is not as firm as we’d prefer, but it’s not overly mushy, either.

ENERGY AND REAL-WORLD MPG

Some of today’s modern luxury barges achieve impressive efficiency, but the 2022 Genesis G90’s fuel-economy numbers are average. The optional V-8 is especially thirsty, but in our testing, the V-6 overachieved its EPA numbers.

We saw 27 mpg on our 200-mile test route; that’s 10 percent better than its EPA highway number, but it falls well short of the real-world highway fuel efficiency demonstrated by the Cadillac CT6 and the BMW 7-series. For more information about the G90’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH

Trimmed in nappa leather, suede, wood, and brushed metal, the 2022 Genesis G90‘s interior has a rich feel, even if its design is understated. Genesis embarrasses higher-priced competitors by making features such as heated and cooled front seats, a head-up display, and a power-operated rear sunshade standard equipment rather than costly options.

As befits a full-size luxury sedan, the 2022 Genesis G90’s plush rear seat is a lovely place. There’s plenty of room to stretch out, despite what its dimensions may suggest. Neither the Genesis nor any of its competitors offer folding rear seats, so the capacious trunk is all the cargo space you’re going to get.

There is a pass-through behind the rear center armrest for carrying long, narrow items such as skis. Its center console is among the largest in its class, but its door pockets are small. A handy compartment in front of the shifter is nicely sized for holding a smartphone.

IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT AND INTERCONNECTIONS

The standard 12.3-inch touchscreen is crisp and clear, and its central control knob combines with hard buttons and knobs on the dashboard to make navigating the various menus a cinch.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are both standard, as is a wireless smartphone charging pad and a 17-speaker Lexicon stereo system.

PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS

Every version comes standard with lots of driver-assistance technology. Competitors from Mercedes-Benz and BMW require you to pay thousands of dollars extra to get these features.

For more information about the 2022 Genesis G90’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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2022 Genesis G90

2022 Genesis G90

2022 Genesis G90

2022 Genesis G90

2022 Genesis G90

FULL SPECIFICATIONS

2020 Genesis G90 Premium RWD

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED
$73,195 (base price: $73,195)

ENGINE TYPE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement
204 in3, 3342 cm3
Power
365 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque
376 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 14.2-in vented disc/13.4-in vented disc
Tires: Continental ContiProContact, F: 245/45R-19 98W M+S R: 275/40R-19 101W M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 124.4 in
Length: 204.9 in
Width: 75.4 in
Height: 58.9 in
Passenger volume: 113 ft3
Trunk volume: 16 ft3
Curb weight: 4718 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec
60 mph: 5.0 sec
100 mph: 12.4 sec
130 mph: 22.4 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.6 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.7 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.7 sec
¼-mile: 13.5 sec @ 104 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 146 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 176 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.86 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 14 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 24 mpg
Highway range: 520 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 20/17/25 mpg

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