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Third-generation 2021 Genesis G80 bows with G90-inspired looks, refined interior

The 2021 Genesis G80 delivers the luxury and performance buyers are expecting.

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In essence, Genesis started with the Hyundai Genesis, which has since evolved in to the Genesis G80. The midsize sedan's third generation debuted this week featuring many of the design elements seems in the 2020 Genesis G90 and 2021 Genesis GV80 to strike an elegant and upscale tone.

"The core of our brand lies within the G80," said William Lee, Executive Vice President and Global Head of the Genesis Brand. "This segment represents where we started and we're pleased that our newest offering achieves a perfect balance of discerning luxury and inspiring performance for our customers."

2021 Genesis G80 Genesis has put its new signature crest grille front and center on the model.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

At the front are the brand's signature crest grille and double-lined quad lamps. Two line graphics extend into the rear fenders and the tail lamps delivering a cohesive look. The car rides on 20-inch wheels and has chrome trim that runs from the front wheel area across the side sills and upward to the rear.

"The all-new G80 is the centerpiece of our lineup perfectly weighing athletic and elegant characteristics. This represents the clearest interpretation yet of the Genesis brand identity," said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Genesis Design. "Our goal is to offer unique, design-inspired experiences for our customers."

Built on a rear-wheel drive platform, the five-seater third-gen model is lower than the previous generation and available in all-wheel drive. The body is made up of 19 percent aluminum, reducing the weight of the car by 243 pounds versus the outgoing model which allows the car to be more fuel efficient and athletic in its performance.

2021 Genesis G80 The G80 comes in two powertrain options in the U.S.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

In the U.S., the G80 will be available in two powertrains: a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, and a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that yields 375 horsepower and 392 pound-feet of torque.

Like the larger G90, the G80 focuses on the human experience, maximizing efficiency of function rather than overwhelming its occupants with high-tech features. That doesn't mean that it's low-tech. Its A-pillar has been minimized to deliver as much of a panoramic view out the front as possible. The steering wheel is designed to continue that openness, as are slim air vents and minimum number of buttons and switches on the center stack.

Head- and legroom has increased in the model by lowering the second row. There are leather seating surfaces, soft-touch materials, and open pore wood finishes throughout the cabin. Buyers can opt for a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 14.5-inch infotainment touch screen.

2021 Genesis G80 The rear of the car features a sloping roofline but has more headroom for back seat passengers than the 2020 model.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Genesis has improved insulation and employed sound-reducing innovations to keep road and engine noise at bay more now than before. The car's electronically controlled suspension reduces the impact of the terrain on the car by using a camera at the front of the vehicle to read the road ahead and adjust accordingly. Lincoln and Rolls-Royce offer similar technology.

The Genesis version of Hyundai's Smart Park technology comes to the G80, allowing drivers to control their car via the key fob.

Additional luxury-level features available include a new HVAC system that allows the driver to adjust the heated/ventilated seats in the second row and the air conditioning mode/temperature independently of the first row, increasing the convenience for second row passengers, a Lexicon sound system, and mood lighting.

A full suite of safety technology includes advanced driver assistance systems including smart cruise control, highway driving assist, forward collision avoidance assist, and blind spot collision assist. Those active protection features help mitigate a series of movements that can help avoid collisions.

2021 Genesis G80 The interior of the model features luxury appointments including plush leather and open pore wood.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

The 2021 Genesis G80 will arrive on U.S. shores in the second half of 2020. Pricing has not yet been announced.

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The G70 got a makeover for 2022.

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The Genesis G70 got a refresh for 2022, which brought an updated interior with new tech, along with a massaged front- and rear-end. I'm spending a week testing the renewed sports sedan, and have some initial thoughts after two days with the new model. I drove the 2021 G70 and felt that it was a cohesive package with few major downfalls. The 2022 model's improvements have made me like it even more. A full review will be out next week, but in the meantime, here are three things to know about the 2022 Genesis G70.

It's Plush


2022 Genesis G70 The G70's interior is top-shelf and gorgeous to look at.Genesis


Close your eyes and step into a G70 and you'll be hard pressed to believe you're sitting in anything other than a European luxury sedan. The cabin is gorgeous, and features high-end materials, great visibility, and intuitive technology. The front seats are sporty but supportive and comfortable, and high trim levels features super diamond stitched leathers and very few low-rent materials inside.

It's Quick

I'm testing the Sport Prestige 3.3T model, which his powered by a – you guessed it – twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine. With 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque on tap, the car will boogie. Its 0-60 mph time lands a at a modest 4.7 seconds, but Genesis did a good job of building in enough drama to make things interesting. The car's sonorous exhaust, rush of power off the line, and responsive transmission all work together to create a special experience. Even G70s equipped with the lesser turbocharged 2.0-liter engine still feel quick, thanks to 252 horsepower.

It's Gorgeous


2022 Genesis G70 The G70 isn't a large car, but offers enough room for a family of four to ride in comfort.Genesis


I tested a Genesis GV80 a few months ago, and found that it was the first car I'd driven around town that caused people to stop and take photos. Now, with the G70, I have my second. Despite a few awkward lines, created when Genesis added the split headlight and taillight look to the car, it's otherwise one of the sleekest and most eye-catching sedans around. Deeply sculpted sides and the large-but-not-too-large diamond grille also add to the look.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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