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Driving the Genesis G80

The Genesis G80 beneath a "Welcome to Brigham" sign.
Brian Champagne

Genesis loaned us its GV80 SUV and we drove it to Manti in the summer. Then they loaned us a G80, which is a car. A nice car, that looks a lot like the GV80 on the inside. They both make nature sounds to help you drive calm. The speaker grills look like they’re from a Mercedes.

It has the smooth dish touchpad with outer spinning aluminum trim ring to tell the big screen what you want. 

One restaurant in Salt Lake City disappeared from the map, and when we asked for a gas station while in Provo, it said the nearest one was in Maine. We shouted and then it corrected itself.

It has a power trunk lid, some posture program for the power seats, and when you hit Interstate 15, the 3.5 Liter engine makes this go faster than that GV80. And then the radar cruise with steering assist works well in stop and go traffic, not that that ever happens on I-15.

And some of this can be yours starting at 48 grand, 300 bucks more than last year’s model. But  don’t pick on Genesis, the competing Lexus ES 350 went up 800 dollars.  The good news is that you can actually buy these cars. Utah dealers have them in stock new and used.

But they can buy their own ads.



Brian Champagne grew up in the less-famous Central California but left after starting his television news career there. He worked 22 years in news for NBC, ABC, Fox, and CBS affiliates in four markets. He served as chief photographer for KTXL-TV in Sacramento, but worked in front of the camera, too.