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2021 Genesis G80 features and powertrains broken down by trim level

Genesis has introduced the next-gen G80 sedan.

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Genesis has announced the starting price of the 2021 G80 will be competitive for its segment - $47,700. The car has been completely redesigned for the 2021 model year and will debut this summer.

There are 10 grades of the 2021 G80. All trim levels carry a destination fee of $1,025. Here's how the Genesis models break down by trim level.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Standard

Genesis is charging $47,700 for this sedan.

The base model GV80 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It has an electric parking brake, multi-link front and rear suspension, integrated starter generator, ventilated front and rear disc brakes, and a drive mode selector.

It rides on standard 18-inch alloy wheels. There are LED daytime running lights, full-LED quad headlights, full-LED rear combination lamps, power-folding outside mirrors, and dual exhaust.

In its cabin, the five-seater features leatherette upholstery, 12-way power front seats the Smart Posture Care System, heated front seats, dual-memory seating, dual-zone climate control, piano black gloss trim, leatherette upper interior panels and door panels, adjustable ambient lighting, and a leather steering wheel.

There's also keyless entry, remote start, a hands-free trunk, a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power windows with front and rear auto up and down, illuminated vanity mirrors with dual sun visor extensions, rearview camera, three USB ports, and two 12-volt power outlets.

The long list of standard technology includes high beam assist, forward collision avoidance with assist and pedestrian and cyclist detection, junction and lane change assist, evasive steering assist, smart cruise control, highway driving assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, blind spot collision avoidance, rear cross traffic alert and avoidance, safe exit assist, and front and rear park distance warning, auto defog, and rain-sensing wipers.

Each G80GV80 in this grade comes standard with a 14.5-inch infotainment touch screen, 12-speaker audio system, 8-inch driver information display, Bluetooth, AM/FM/XM Radio, HD radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Advanced

Genesis is charging $52,300 for this tier G80, which builds on the Standard model. It adds 19-inch alloy wheels instead of the standard 18-inchers. There's also a premium 21-inch Lexicon auto system, a panoramic roof, matte finish wood trim, ventilated front seats, power and manual rear side shades, tri-zone climate control, and a power trunk.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Prestige

2021 Genesis G80

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The Prestige model moves the G80 into true luxury car territory. It starts at $56,600 and features leather seating, a power door closing feature, wireless device charging, digital key, rear occupant alert, an Ergo Motion Driver's Seat, front passenger seat walk-in device, surround view monitor, blind spot monitoring, remote smart parking assist, parking rear collision-avoidance, a power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T AWD Standard

This base model version of the G80 adds all-wheel drive and a few other features, coming in at $50,850. It has heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T AWD Advanced

Genesis has priced the model starting at $55,450. It includes 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, a 21-speaker Lexicon Premium Audio system, matte finish wood trim, power rear shade, manual rear side side shades, power trunk, tri-zone climate control, panoramic roof, and ventilated front seats.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T AWD Prestige

2021 Genesis G80

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Upping to the Prestige trim level gets buyers all the benefits of the Advanced model plus leather seats, power door closures, wireless charging, digital key, rear occupant alert, front passenger seat walk-in device, Ergo Motion driver's seat, surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote parking assistant, rear parking collision avoidance assist, and a power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension. This model is priced at $59,150.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T RWD Standard

This version fo the Genesis G80 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. It rides on 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, has an electronically controlled suspension with Road Preview, and Monobloc front brakes.

Owners also get a panoramic roof, power trunk, power door closure, digital key, matte wood trim, power rear and manual rear sunshades, leather seats, wireless charging, ventilated front seats, trim-zone climate control, rear occupant alert, and a 21-speaker Lexicon Premium Audio system.

The car is priced starting at $59,100.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T RWD Prestige

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Upgrading to the Prestige trim gets all the Standard grade content plus 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, Nappa leather seating surfaces, microfiber suede headliner and pillars, front passenger walk-in device, power bolster and cushion extension, Ergo Motion driver's seat, blind spot monitor, remote smart parking assist, parking collision-avoidance assist, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, head-up display, three-in-one 3D digital instrument cluster, forward attention warning, and surround view monitor.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T AWD Standard

The $62,250 model includes all above-referenced G80 3.5T RWD Standard content plus heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. It features all-wheel drive.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T AWD Prestige

The G80 Prestige goes for $67,650 making it the priciest model in the Genesis G80 lineup. It rides on 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, leather seats, microfiber suede headliner and pillars, front passenger seat walk-in device, Ergo Motion driver's seat, surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote parking assistant, rear parking collision avoidance assist, head up display, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, froward attention warning, and a power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension.

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The Nissan Pathfinder is just at home on the trial as it is on the road.

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One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken". The message is about making choices and, how the road taken made all the difference. Often in life and on the road, we have to make one choice. Take one road. No turning back. I thought of this poem on my recent test drive in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder in the hinterlands of Montana, when I could take two different roads—paved and dirt—and that made all the difference!

Nissan has redesigned and retooled its fifth-generation Pathfinder instilling greater latitude for buyers who want to travel both types of roads and expand their adventure footprint. After seven decades of off-road development, 35 years in the business of selling Pathfinders, and with more than 1.8 million sold in the U.S., this Japanese automaker has moved the needle with a ground-up revision of the previous-gen model.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is a capable off-roader.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The full-sized sport utility is available in four trims (S, SV, SL and Platinum) and two- and four-wheel drive versions; Nissan expects that nearly 60 percent of buyers will choose four-wheel drive. The Pathfinder is in a segment that has grown larger each year as more families want a vehicle for around-town, school and playdate runs and for weekend getaways with traction technology that allows travel in the backcountry and good towing capability. Direct competitors are the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer.

A day-long drive of approximately 150 miles on tarmac and over a variety of dirt roads and tracks provided the opportunity to assess the Pathfinder's updates. A late-spring snowstorm added slickness to all the road surfaces in the region and allowed the Pathfinder to show off its traction capabilities at both slow and higher speeds and with lane change and emergency-braking maneuvers, when towing. I concentrated my evaluation on the augmented hardware and software designed to enhance the crossover's capabilities for backcountry travel and towing.

What I found most notable over every road surface was the comfortable ride and responsive handling that come from a collection of upgrades—and, in particular, as a result of the following: the gearing on the new nine-speed transmission, with paddle shifters for personal and more precise shifting for sport driving and slowing over rough terrain; the new terrain mode system that's engineered for different driving conditions; the four-wheel drive system that moves torque more quickly to avoid wheel slip; the improved suspension system; and new tires with a larger contact patch and more aggressive tread pattern, among other changes.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Pathfinder's drive modes are designed to inspire confidence. Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Pathfinder provided sure-footed motoring and comfort over uneven surfaces. Its 7.1 inches of ground clearance easily maneuvered over the small obstacles on the trail and hill descent control took the reigns without hesitation for steeper and longer downhills on traction-compromised surfaces.

I was also impressed with the Pathfinder's towing competence and appreciated the standard trailer sway control onboard all trims. It offered notably strong, mannered acceleration from a standing start and excellent straight-line braking without porpoising for either exercise.

The new 2022 Pathfinder brings off-road and towing attributes that are important to families who are seeking to spend time in the backcountry for days trips and longer and for overlanding in terrain that doesn't require a true off-road vehicle with a low range. It's will appeal to buyers who want don't want to have to choose only one road.

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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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