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The SUV That Saved Tiger Woods: 2021 Genesis GV80 on Everyman Driver

The Genesis GV80 that Tiger Woods was driving at the time of his nasty California rollover crash is packed with a host of safety features that may have helped save the links legend’s life. The GV80, a new model and Genesis’ first SUV, has a base retail price of $48,900 and comes equipped with a slew of safety features, including a 10-airbag system. The GV80 also has a blind-spot monitor with “collision-avoidance assist” technology, and a similar system in the rear for safety while reversing, according to Genesis.

Tiger Woods was driving Genesis GV80 at time of California accident

The first-ever SUV from the automaker Genesis, the GV80, is a luxury midsize SUV with a focus on premium design elegance and quality. The GV80 has an upscale look and feel that comes in at a price slightly lower than its competitors. With one of the most extensive lists of driver safety aids available, two-or three-row seating, and plenty of sumptuous luxury, the Genesis GV80 demands consideration.

The Genesis GV80 is available in four different styles, which are separated out by their engine and drivetrain. The styles are 2.5T RWD, 2.5T AWD, 3.5T AWD, and 3.5T Advanced+ AWD. Every GV80 style also has an available Advanced Package and Prestige Package that can be added for additional creature comforts.

The 2.5T RWD is the four-cylinder rear-wheel-drive variant and starts the GV80 just under $50,000. Standard exterior equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights with high beam assist, power-folding mirrors with turn signal indicators, and rain-sensing wipers. The GV80’s cabin comes with amenities like 12-way power heated front seats with leatherette seating surfaces, two-setting seat memory, dual-zone climate control, adjustable ambient lighting, a 14.5-inch HD infotainment display, 12-speaker premium audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, a hands-free power liftgate, and proximity keyless entry. Standard driver safety technology includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision assist, lane-change assist with automatic steering avoidance, semi-autonomous highway driving, blind-spot warning, and front and rear parking sensors.

The 2.5T AWD comes in around $55,000. It adds all-wheel-drive, a panoramic roof, matte finish wood trim, ventilated front seats, manual rear side shades, heated steering wheel, wireless phone charger, digital key controllable from a synced smartphone, and a rear occupant alert system.

The 3.5T AWD begins at about $60,000 and adds a twin-turbo V6, monobloc front brakes, an electronically controlled suspension, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The 3.5T Advanced+ AWD can be had for around $65,000 and adds a third row of seating, leather seating surfaces, a surround-view monitor, blind-spot view monitor, remote parking assistant, parking rear collision avoidance, a head-up display, Lexicon 21-speaker audio system, three-zone climate control, and heated second-row seats.

The GV80 has two available engines. The first is a 2.5-liter turbocharged Inline 4 that creates 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, which can be paired with your choice of rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The second engine option is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that pushes out 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque and only comes matched to an all-wheel-drive setup. Standard in every GV80 is an 8-speed automatic transmission that can be manually shifted via steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The GV80 interior has an excellent level of refinement, with Genesis placing a high priority on design elegance. From afar, the cabin design is clean and straightforward but as you get closer, you will find the GV80 is full of meticulous detail. Nearly every physical control is finished with a diamond knurling that functions for a better grip while also creating a luxurious aesthetic. The diamond-quilted seats and contrast stitching are beautifully employed. The steering wheel is chunky with a solid feel but the two-spoke design may not be for everyone.

The infotainment system features a massive 14.5 inch HD touchscreen. The screen placement makes it a bit of a reach from the driver’s seat, so the control pad may be more convenient to use but takes some getting used to. However, the GV80 controls as a whole come with a low learning curve as detail and simplicity seem to be the identity of the interior.

State-of-the-art, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) include:

  • Highway Driving Assist II (HDA II): This system helps assist the driver in a wider variety of situations than before, including during lane change maneuvers when the turn signal is used, and when others merge in front of you.
  • Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning (SCC-ML): A world first, SCC-ML incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) within the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) feature that helps the car to independently learn the driving characteristics of – and assist – its driver.
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA): This system may help automatically bring the GV80 to a stop in certain situations where there is a risk of collision with an approaching vehicle detected on the left or right side of the intersection. GV80 may also help detect potential collision risks in certain situations where a pedestrian is sensed in close proximity to the vehicle while in motion, for example.
  • Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): BCA is essentially a Blind Spot Monitor with active capabilities. BCA helps reduce the chance of potential impact with a moving vehicle and may alert the driver if a vehicle is detected in the driver’s blind-spot
  • Lane Follow Assist (LFA) – Helps maintain vehicle position in the center of its lane by recognizing both lane markers and vehicles traveling ahead


Additional ADAS features debuting on the 2021 GV80 include:

  • Lane-Change Oncoming (LO) — Helps prevent collisions with vehicles in opposing lanes on non-divided highways or roads.
  • Lane Side (LS) — Helps prevent side collisions when merging into another lane with the ability to see two lanes over.
  • Junction Turning (JT) — Automatically applies the brakes if an oncoming vehicle is detected in the opposite lane when making a left turn at an intersection.
  • Junction Crossing (JC) — Automatically applies the brakes if a vehicle crossing from the left or the right is detected when entering an intersection.
  • Evasive Steering Torque Assist (ESA) — Assists in avoidance maneuvers by applying steering torque once the driver has initiated steering input.
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist (RCCA) — Warns driver of vehicles coming from the left or right while backing up and automatically brakes if a collision seems imminent.
  • Parking Distance Warning, Front
  • Safe Exit Assist with Power Child Lock Function (SEA)

One area Genesis has an indisputable lead is warranty coverage. Its five-year/60,000-mile basic and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage far exceeds anything its competitors offer, and they include three years/36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

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