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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.

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

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 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross takes its name from the beloved cars.

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I wasn't a big car guy growing up. Some kids can tell you the horsepower and engine and endless stats about every car on the road. Or they'll notice the difference in taillights between individual model years, or any of a million other nips and tucks that carmakers do to differentiate their cars.

These days, it's my job to know that stuff, but when I was in high school, I didn't know much — but I knew what a Mitsubishi Eclipse was. As I got ready to write this review, I went back and watched perhaps the most famous 90's-era Mitsubishi Eclipse you could find: Paul Walker's bright green ride in "Fast and the Furious".

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross The car is more traditional up front than it is in the back.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

The second-generation Eclipse, built from 1995 to 1999, was the best-known (and best-looking) of all the cars, and became a vehicular icon for my generation in no small part to the role it played in "Fast and the Furious". Though I remember the car, I'd forgotten how terrible this movie is. The dialogue is cringeworthy, the cars are absurd (how many gears does that thing have?), and the story is outlandish. But it's still a hoot, and I may end up rewatching the whole series.

But then in 2011, Mitsubishi ended the Eclipse line for good. Or so we thought. Now we have a new one, only the sporty looks and movie-star glamour is long gone. It's called the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and it's... a compact crossover SUV of no particular importance.

That might be a little harsh. It's actually quite an interesting looking vehicle, which is more than can be said for most crossovers. Though the front isn't particularly exciting, the rear has more going for it. There's a dual-window design on the rear tailgate, with a light bar running across the middle. It's very much a love-it-or-hate-it design, but at least it's not boring.

There's a crease running up the doors to the back as well, which looks particularly sharp on the Red Diamond review unit that Mitsubishi sent me for a week. It stickered for $32,720 on the SEL trim, though you can likely negotiate a nice chunk of change off of that at your local Mitsubishi dealer.

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross The touch screen is okay but the trackpad that is used to navigate it is detrimental.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

Feature-wise, the Eclipse Cross is well-equipped, with a tiny 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower. That's not a ton of power, but for a family crossover it's plentiful and turns in a combined 25 miles per gallon.

Mine had the $2,100 Touring Package, which kicks in a lovely panoramic sunroof, the ever-important adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection and auto-braking, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats, and some other minor additions.

If you look at the feature list, the Eclipse Cross is a solid vehicle. The interior design is a little rougher, with hard plastic everywhere and not-so-luxurious touch points. The trackpad to control the screen is terrible, as are the up/down buttons to control the dual-zone climate control (though the heated seats work excellently).

The infotainment screen could be bigger, and the dash screen needs some polish. The engine gets the job done, but it's not exactly quiet. It's a middle-of-the-road crossover. It does what it's supposed to do. You can get it for a good price and it's well-equipped.

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Bentley's vehicle's are getting the company's new steering wheel for the 2021 model year.

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The Bentley Continental GT is a grand tourer of the grandest design. It's getting an update for 2021, giving customers more of the high-tech features and design they've requested. Bentley sells the Continental GT in coupe and convertible body styles.

The 2021 Continental GT is now available in Viridian, Patina, and Snow Quartz paint jobs - the same colors that were added to the Flying Spur this year. Viridian is a dark emerald metallic hue that is Bentley's take on classic British racing green. It features green and blue undertones, and tiny flecks of amber and gold.

2021 Bentley Continental GT Viridian is Bentley's new take on British Racing Green.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

Patina is inspiredly the look of polished metals, blending together with elements of champagne and silk. The mid-cream tone features a tinge of green.

The Snow Quartz paint job consists of three layers of pearlescent paint that results in a shimmering and lustrous whiteness.

All Continental GT coupes are now able to come with Bentley's panoramic glass roof. This is the same as in the 2021 Bentayga and Flying Spur. The sunroof features polarized glass that reduces glare and interior blind clad in Alcantara that is electronically controlled by the car's console. The blind matches the car's headliner. There are 15 headliner color options to choose from.

With the addition of the paint jobs and roof, there are now over 10 billion variations a customer can choose to personalize their Continental GT.

2021 Bentley Continental GT A panoramic sunroof is available.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The model also receives the automaker's new steering wheel as standard. The wheel features a revised shape and profile, with capacitive sensing throughout the wheel rim, allowing the steering wheel to detect when it is being held. The steering wheel also features a more elegant aesthetic with a chrome bezel at the bottom of the vertical spoke.

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