This is a huge improvement over the old Genesis G80.
After the GV80 SUV was revealed, the 2021 Genesis G80 finally broke cover earlier this year. Compared to its conservative-looking predecessor, the new Genesis G80 looks stunning thanks to the automaker's new "Athletic Elegance" design language featuring a larger grille and quad headlights.
Under the hood, the 2021 Genesis G80 is offered with a choice of two engine options: a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four producing 304 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque or a 3.5-liter turbo V6 rated at 380 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which is the only transmission option. While we already knew the power output figures, fuel economy details have been kept under wraps - until now.
According to the EPA, the base Genesis G80's four-cylinder engine returns 23/32/26 mpg city/highway/combined with rear-wheel drive. Opting for AWD reduces the fuel economy to 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined. That's a massive improvement over the old entry-level V6 Genesis G80, which was rated at 18/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined with RWD and one less mpg combined with AWD.
Compared to the old model, the new entry-level Genesis G80 has 11 less hp, but that's a minor sacrifice considering the huge fuel economy gains. It also has 18 more lb-ft of torque than the old model.
As for the optional 3.5-liter V6 model, the EPA rates the new engine at 19/27/21 mpg city/highway/combined with RWD and 18/26/20 mpg city/highway/combined for the AWD version. That makes it only slightly more efficient than the old model, which delivers one more mpg combined with RWD.
The AWD version's fuel economy is identical to the new model's. Genesis no longer sells the G80 with a 420-hp V8. As you would expect, this was the least efficient engine, with combined fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg with RWD and 18 mpg with AWD. Pricing for the 2021 Genesis G80 starts at $47,700, with customer deliveries slated to start this fall following a short delay.