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2019 Genesis G80 on Everyman Driver

Now in its third year of production, the Genesis G80 continues to bring performance and refinement to Hyundai’s luxury division. Thanks to three available engines and their associated configurations, the G80 covers the broad ground expected of a midsize luxury sedan.

From Edmunds: There’s also a robust list of standard features — leather upholstery, heated front seats, an infotainment system anchored with an 8-inch touchscreen display — that fetches far more money when equipped on similar competitors.

For 2019, the G80 carries over mostly unchanged, but a new 3.8 Sport package adds 19-inch wheels and styling trim cribbed from the Sport model to liven up the base sedan. It also adds a bounty of other premium features such as a sunroof, a surround-view camera and a wireless charging pad. If you’re keeping score, this year’s Sport package is essentially last year’s Premium package.

There are some compromises, of course. Rear-seat headroom is tight for this class, and the standard suspension doesn’t provide the same kind of sophistication as you’ll find in a BMW or a Lexus, for example. Some shoppers might also balk at the Genesis G80 for lacking the same kind of panache or brand recognition of its established rivals. But we think the G80’s price atones for these flaws. It’s a truly desirable midsize luxury sedan.

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