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Genesis shows off its first SUV, the three-row 2021 GV80

The GV80 will be the first Genesis SUV to arrive on U.S. shores.

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Genesis has existed on sedans for the better part of three years now. It's been a tough brand debut for the luxury arm of Hyundai despite having three solid cars available to consumers. This year, Genesis's first SUV, the three-row GV80 will debut.

Genesis's sedans carry the G70, G80, and G90 moniker. The company says that it added a "V" to the name of the alphanumeric GV80 name to represent the model's versatility rather than going with a traditional model name like "Tucson" or "Sorento".

2020 Genesis GV80 Genesis has given the GV80 a similar grille and headlight style to the G90.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Its design was a collaboration between Genesis Design studios located in South Korea, the United States, and Germany. Genesis has remained true to the car's prototype model, first shown at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

"GV80 allows us to expand our definition of Athletic Elegance design language to a new typology, while retaining sublime proportionality and sophistication of form," said Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President, Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group.

Based on a rear-wheel drive platform, the GV80 will have available all-wheel drive and an available third row. This is a similar setup to the Volkswagen Tiguan.

2020 Genesis GV80 The shape of the SUV is similar to other luxury SUVs.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

It has a wide grille and a front Quad Lamp light signature that is similar to that in the 2020 Genesis G90. Its pinched and sculpted hood gives off an air of athleticism.

Sang Yup Lee, Senior Vice President, Head of Genesis Design added "The Quad Lamp, our design signature, introduces an unmistakable visual impression completely unique to Genesis."

From the front, the sweeping Parabolic Line runs along the side of the model drawing the eye rearward. The wheels are positioned to emphasize the car's strong stance.

Genesis's G-Matrix pattern appears in light fixtures at the front and rear of the vehicle, and on the wheels. It is inspired by orchids.

2020 Genesis GV80 The interior of the GV80 features a minimalistic design.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

A strong architectural aesthetic plays on the interior of the SUV, which is designed with minimalism in mind. A release put out by the company touts the SUV's high driving position, high-mounted control surfaces, slim air vents, and touch screen climate controls. It also says that the center console features a "jewel-like, rotating electronic gear selector" that provides "an exquisite balance of simplicity and glamor."

The GV80 goes on sale in South Korea this month. Sales in the U.S. will commence later in 2020. Pricing, grade structure, and technical information will be provided by the automaker prior to the SUV's on-sale date.

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The Bronze Edition model builds on the XLE trim.

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The Toyota Highlander entered its fourth generation for the 2020 model year, which brought sleek style, updated tech, and a premium-look interior. A new XSE trim joined the lineup for 2021, and for 2022, Toyota is adding a new hybrid-only Bronze Edition trim.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition adds useful features, such as a hands-free power liftgate.toyota

The new Bronze Edition Highlander builds on the XLE trim with:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Memory driver's seat with 10-way power adjustments
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Toyota notes that the Bronze Edition previews features that will show up with the greater 2022 Highlander release. Among them are the new Wind Chill Pearl color, which replaces Blizzard Pearl from the previous model, and height/tilt passenger seat adjustments.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Highlander is a supremely comfortable SUV with room for the family.Toyota

The Highlander carries on into 2022 with a standard 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is available, which mates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Combined system output is 243 horsepower. With the V6 on board, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition is available for Highlander Hybrid models.Toyota

All 2022 Highlander models get Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road sign assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, lane tracing assist, a sway warning system, and automatic high beams. Those features and the Highlander's excellent crash testing scores were good enough for the SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Buying guide

How to buy a modified car: Three tips

This is a clean modified truck, but they don't all end up this way.

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Modified cars are a mixed bag. Sometimes, they're incredibly well built and better than the original, but too many times they're only partially finished or end up being rushed as their owners get late-project anxiety. Whatever the case, buying a modified car can be a stressful process if you haven't done your homework ahead of time. The good news is that you can get a good deal on a reasonably well sorted project or modified car, but you'll need to be careful. Looking at used Lexus LXs earlier today, it became clear that there are as many modified vehicles for sale as there are clean examples.

This LX got me thinking about the breakdown between buying a rig and building one. The modifications made by this Lexus' seller are almost exactly what I would do if I were building a light overlanding rig. What could go wrong? I'm still on the fence about the Lexus, but the three topics below will help you make the right decision on buying a modified car.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Even if the mods are well done, you'll want to have the vehicle inspected before you buy.Bring a Trailer

Understand your personal taste

I mentioned the LX470 and how the owner's updates were pretty close to what I'd do with the truck. That's an exception to the rule, because 90 percent of the time I walking away from a sales listing because of modifications, rather than the other way around. If you're hoping to find a tastefully modified car that matches your exact tastes, you could be waiting a while. If you're hoping to sell a modified car, the same is true in reverse. Finding a buyer for your extremely personalized project car may not be the easiest thing you've ever done.

2004 Lexus LX 470 It's a good idea to seek out vehicles in solid shape, regardless of mods.Bring a Trailer

Be aware of condition and quality

This Lexus looks to be well maintained and in good shape. It also doesn't hurt that the LX is one of the most reliable vehicles built by one of the world's most quality-conscious automakers. Even so, it's hard to know what you're getting with this, or any other, modified vehicle. There's a little rust in this image, but the lift kit, wheels, and bumper mods all look good. However, even if the truck looked brand-new, you'd want to get a pre-purchase inspection. An independent mechanic can tell you if there are potential issues that are unrelated to mods, and you'll want to be sure that any modifications are installed properly.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Some mods are more useful than others.Bring a Trailer

Keep an eye on the price

Most people are reasonable when it comes to selling their modified cars, but there are hundreds of "I know what I got" memes on the internet for a reason. Some sellers want to recover every penny of the money they spent customizing their cars. They're convinced that the mods drastically increased the car's value and can't understand why the customized car isn't as attractive to you as it is to them. Tread lightly and be careful not to insult the owner, but it's your job to work toward a reasonable, fair price.

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