One sure fire way to truly get to know a new car is to take it on a road trip as soon as you get it. Even if it’s just a few hours away, driving through a not so familiar area in a new car really helps you get to the know vehicle quickly, and in a whole new way. That’s exactly what happened to me last week when we drove the 2017 Genesis G80 to Baltimore. We planned a little getaway to celebrate my birthday and explore the Inner Harbor with the kids. From the moment I found out I was going to be test driving the Genesis G80, I started counting down the days until it was delivered.
I had a chance to get up close and personal with the Genesis brand during this year’s New York Auto Show and loved what I saw. So when they asked me to review the G80 I emphatically said yes!
This beauty pulled up and Ryan and I ran outside to greet it. He’s into cars just as much as I am, so he’s right there with me carefully inspecting each car when they get delivered. I love seeing each vehicle through his eyes and it’s nice to have another set of eyes to notice features I may not see up front!
After taking it for a quick ride around the neighborhood, we loaded up the trunk and we were off.
I was impressed by the legroom in the front seat. I had plenty of room to comfortably stretch out as did my husband. The G80 was equipped with features like heated and cooled seats, which with this crazy weather I actually used both on our journey. (They both work quite well in case you were wondering).
SAFETY FEATURES Equipped with Lane Keep Assist, the G80 helps detect lane departure and applies slight corrective steering measures to help keep the vehicle from drifting out of the lane. Which is a great feature to have no matter where you’re headed.
Another feature we enjoyed was theSmart Cruise Control. The Genesis G80 has a radar sensor on the front that detects the distance from the car ahead so it can automatically maintain the distance and speed set by the driver. This was something I loved on those long stretches of Route 295.
No vehicle should come without this next feature, it’s a must in my book. Blind Spot Detection (BSD) heightens awareness by alerting the driver when there is an object in a blind spot as they attempt to change lanes.
The full-color HUD (heads up display) is displayed right on the windshield so you never have to take your eyes off the road. I loved how it showed me so much more than just my speed like the traffic signs and directions, letting me keep my attention on the road at all times.
Heated and cooled seats were another favorite. The weather was hot one minute and cooler the next, giving me the opportunity to try out both. There are 3 levels of heating and cooling options through the ventilated seats so you can customize your comfort level.
I absolutely loved the Smart Trunk. I usually have my hands full trying to load up the trunk and find myself dropping things while I fiddle with opening it up. With Smart Trunk is a mom’s helper. All I had to do was stand within 3 feet of the trunk for 3 seconds and it automatically opened up. Genius!
We test drove the 3.8 GDI V6 Engine which puts out 311 HP. There’s no slack in this engine. Just a little press of the gas and we were off. For those of you (me) who like a little more speed, it’s also available in a 5.0 GDI V8 engine with 420 HP.
The Genesis G80 was the perfect car for our road trip. The trunk held all of our luggage, the stroller, fishing poles, and so much more. It was a comfortable road with all the luxury amenities you wish for in a luxury vehicle along with all the safety and performance you’d expect.
This was one vehicle I was sad to see go.
Disclosure: The Genesis G80 was loaned to me for this test drive. All opinions are my own.