Features & Specs

2021 Genesis GV80 features and powertrains broken down by trim level

The Genesis GV80 comes in seven trim levels, as well as in either rear- or all-wheel drive.

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Genesis has announced the starting price of the 2021 GV80 will be competitive for its segment - $48,900. The SUV is new to the Genesis lineup for the 2021 model year and will be the first in a series of new SUVs from the automaker.

There are 10 grades of the 2021 GV80. All trim levels carry a destination fee of $1,025. Here's how they break down by trim level.

2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T RWD Standard

Genesis is charging $48,900 for this model.

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 with self-leveling capability, ventilated front and rear disc brakes, and a drive mode selector.

It rides on standard 19-inch alloy wheels. There are LED daytime running lights, full-LED quad headlights, full-LED rear combination lamps, power-folding outside mirrors, puddle lamps, and privacy glass.

The five-seater features 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, leatherette upholstery, 12-way power front seats with four-way lumbar, the Smart Posture Care System, heated front seats, dual-memory seating, front passenger seat walk-in device, dual-zone climate control, perforated leatherette door panels, a metal door scuff, and a leather steering wheel.

There's also keyless entry, remote start, a hands-free lift gate, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power windows with front and rear auto up and down, rearview camera, four USB ports, 12-volt power outlet, cargo cover, and towing wiring.

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, a driver attention warning, 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.

Each GV80 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 GV80 2.5T RWD Advanced

This second-tier model has a starting price of $52,800. In addition to the features in the base model, buyers get a panoramic roof, matte finish wood trim, ventilated front seats, manual rear side shades, a digital key, heated steering wheel, rear cargo area 110-volt power outlet, wireless device charger, rear occupant alert, and a 21-speaker premium sound system.

2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T RWD Prestige

Priced starting at $57,050, the model takes all the standard features of the Advanced trim model and adds leather seating surfaces, 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, a surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote park assist, parking collision avoidance (rear), tri-zone climate control, a power driver seat bolster and cushion extension, active motion seat, and heated second-row seats.

2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T AWD Standard

This is the base model for GV80s with all-wheel drive. It starts at $54,650. The model includes a panoramic roof, matte finish wood trim, ventilated front seats, manual rear side shades, a digital key, heated steering wheel, rear cargo area 110-volt power outlet, wireless device charger, and rear occupant alert.

2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T AWD Advanced

Moving up to the Advanced trim will cost you $59,000. It builds on the Standard offering, adding 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, a surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote park assist, parking collision avoidance (rear), leather seating surfaces, and a 21-speaker sound system.

2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T AWD Prestige

This is the most expensive GV80 with a 2.5-liter engine you can buy. It starts at $63,400. It builds off all the content of the Advanced trim and adds 22-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, an electronically controlled suspension with road preview (no longer self-leveling), a head-up display, road active noise cancellation, power driver seat bolster and cushion extension, active motion seat, trim-zone climate control, and heated second-row seats.

2021 Genesis GV80 3.5T AWD Standard

This is the base model that comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. It starts at $59,150 and is only available with all-wheel drive. Fo their money, buyers get larger front brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, and an electronically controlled suspension with road preview (removes rear self-leveling functionality).

2021 Genesis GV80 3.5T AWD Advanced

Stepping up to the Advanced trim level costs $64,350 and adds a surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote parking assist, leather seating surfaces, power driver seat bolster and cushion extension, active motion seat, tri-zone climate control, and heated second-row seats.

2021 Genesis GV80 3.5T AWD Advanced+

The model has a starting price of $65,050 and adds a third row of power-folding 50/50-split third row seats to the features already included with the Advanced trim level.

2021 Genesis GV80 AWD Prestige

For the price of $70,950, buyers can get the top-tier trim level, which includes everything in the Advanced+ package plus 22-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, an electric limited slip differential, road active noise cancellation, Nappa leather seating surfaces, power-folding second-row seats, a 12.3-inch 3D digital instrument cluster, power rear side window shades, ventilated second-row seats, power door closure, second-row vanity mirrors, and a suede headliner and pillar trim.

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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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2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

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2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

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2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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