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2023 Genesis G70: Choosing the Right Trim


The 2023 Genesis G70 is a stylish performance sedan loaded with features at a price that puts all competitors to shame. Buyers can choose between a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine or a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6, both paired with an 8-speed automatic. The G70 uses rear-wheel drive (RWD), but all-wheel drive (AWD) is an option on both trims.

Beyond its handsome good looks and impressive equipment roster, the G70 comes standard with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, something no other luxury manufacturer offers and another way the G70 adds value. A small rear seat and tiny trunk might deter buyers who need room for more than two passengers, but beyond these shortcomings, it’s hard to find fault.

Competitors for the G70 include Germans such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, plus other sedans like the Acura TLXCadillac CT5, and Lexus IS.

2023 Genesis G70 2.0T
(starting at $39,150)

The 2023 Genesis G70 2.0T is the least expensive trim, but its features and options don’t reflect entry-level status. The 2.0 T’s 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is more than sufficient to move the G70 around, and its fuel economy is superior to that of the available V6.

In a nod to driver safety, the G70 comes standard with an impressive array of driver assists, many of which are optional or not offered by the G70’s competitors. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection come standard. The system goes further with Junction Turning, a feature that intervenes if it senses danger when making a left turn across oncoming traffic.

Highway Driving Assist helps keep the car centered in its lane at speeds between 0 and 95 mph and maintains a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. The system can also monitor posted speed limits and adjust speed accordingly.

Other driver assists include lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert with rear emergency braking, and lane-following assist. Standard navigation-based adaptive cruise control with stop/go uses the navigation maps to anticipate sharp curves ahead and slow the vehicle to a safe speed, while automatic high-beam headlights automatically dim or illuminate as needed.

The G70 also features a driver attention monitor, rear occupant alert (reminds the driver to check the back seat before leaving the vehicle), a rearview camera, and a Safe Exit Warning that warns the driver if a passenger is about to open their door into traffic approaching from the rear.

Beyond the mandated front and side-impact airbags, the G70 includes a center airbag between the driver and front-seat passenger to help mitigate contact during a side-impact collision.

Exterior features include 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a hands-free power-open trunk lid, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, and a proximity key fob for locking and unlocking the doors by touching the door handle.

The G70 cabin employs simulated leather upholstery on the seats, lower instrument panel, and door panels. Amenities include a 12-way power driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar support, an 8-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and one-touch up/down power windows.

Also standard is a manual tilt/telescopic steering wheel with paddle shifters and controls for the audio, Bluetooth, and adaptive cruise control. The driver can choose from several drive modes controlling throttle and steering feedback, with Comfort, Smart, Eco, Sport, Sport +, and Custom settings.

The G70’s instrument cluster includes an analog speedometer flanked by an 8-inch driver-customizable color screen with a simulated analog tachometer, while the windshield has an auto-defogging feature. Other standard features worth noting include rear-seat air vents, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, sliding sun visors with lighted vanity mirrors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Atop the G70 dash is a 10.25-inch infotainment color touchscreen featuring navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, and 3-year complimentary Genesis connected services. The system employs a 6-speaker audio system, voice recognition, and the ability for over-the-air updates.

Available USB ports include two data/charge ports up front, one USB charge port in the center console, and one USB charge port in the rear seat area.

The Sport Prestige package is optional for the G70 2.0T, which adds 19-inch Sport alloy wheels, leather upholstery, passenger seat 4-way power lumbar support, and passenger walk-in device, plus an integrated memory system for the driver’s seat, mirrors, and power steering column. Also standard is acoustic front door glass, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and an expansive power sunroof.

Other features in the Sport Prestige package are a dark chrome grille, Sport aluminum trim, ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a wireless charging pad, power-folding auto-dimming side mirrors, and a 660-watt 15-speaker Lexicon audio system.

Opting for all-wheel drive adds a heated steering wheel and $2,100 to the price tag.

With the $1,095 destination charge, the 2023 Genesis G70 2.0T costs $40,245. On a 60-month loan with 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $723. See 2023 Genesis G70 2.0T models for sale

2023 Genesis G70 2.0T includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control – When using cruise control, this system allows the driver to maintain a preset distance from the vehicle ahead, slowing and even bringing the car to a complete stop as traffic patterns change, then resuming speed once traffic begins to move.
  • Heated front seats – Allow driver and passenger to quickly warm up without needing to adjust the cabin climate controls.
  • Power driver’s seat – The G70’s driver seat adjusts 12 ways, including 4-way power lumbar support that moves up and down as well as in and out.
  • Hands-free power trunk – Offers multiple ways to automatically open the trunk, including a hands-free option requiring that you momentarily stand behind the trunk with the key fob in your purse or pocket.

2023 Genesis G70 3.3T(starting at $44,650)

Moving up to the G70 3.3T adds a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine, launch control, a sport-tuned suspension, larger front and rear vented disc brakes, and variable-ratio power steering.

Building off the G70 2.0 T’s standard equipment, the 3.3T adds leather upholstery, power-folding outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and passenger seat 4-way power lumbar support. A passenger walk-in device puts two front-passenger seat-control buttons on the seatback facing the driver. It allows an empty front-passenger seat to be moved fore or aft to accommodate back-seat passengers better. The 3.3T also has a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and integrated memory for the driver’s seat, mirrors, and power steering column.

The G70 3.3T offers two option packages.

The Sport Advanced Package adds 19-inch Sport alloy wheels, a variable exhaust valve system (changes the sound of the exhaust note while boosting horsepower), Sport aluminum trim, a wide power sunroof, ventilated front seats, and the 15-speaker Lexicon audio system.

It also includes driver’s seat power bolsters, an extendable seat cushion, front and rear parking sensors, a wireless charging device, acoustic front door glass, and Genesis Digital Key.

Digital Key grants access to the vehicle either via a credit card-sized key card or an app on your smartphone. With Digital Key, you can share access to your car with up to three other people and store driver profiles with settings for radio stations, climate control, driver seat, steering wheel, and mirror position, plus vehicle settings and, if equipped, head-up display.

The Sport Prestige Package includes all the equipment in the Sport Advanced Package, then adds an electronically controlled suspension, a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, and a head-up display.

Additional features include Nappa leather upholstery with luxury quilting pattern, microfiber suede headliner and pillar trim, a 360-degree surround-view monitor, a blind-spot view monitor, a heated steering wheel, and a power-closing trunk.

As with the 2.0T, opting for all-wheel drive also brings a heated steering wheel.

With the $1,095 destination charge, the 2023 Genesis G70 3.3T costs $45,745. On a 60-month loan with 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $822. See 2023 Genesis G70 3.3T models for sale

2023 Genesis G70 3.3T includes:

  • Rain-sensing wipers – These automatically activate when detecting mist, rain, or snow hitting the windshield.
  • Available blind-spot monitor – Using cameras in the side mirrors, this clever feature projects an image of what’s beside the vehicle whenever the turn signal is activated.
  • Available Lexicon audio – With a 660-watt amp and 15 speakers, including dual under-seat subwoofers, this system is a must-have for music lovers.
  • Available electronically controlled suspension – Adaptive dampers continually monitor road conditions and adjust to keep the ride controlled and comfortable.

FAQ

What is the best 2023 Genesis G70 trim?

The G70 2.0T with the Sport Prestige Package is probably the best bang for the buck if you’re not all about power, performance, and cutting-edge tech. It provides plenty of luxury features, good performance, and a reasonable price. However, if you want a car that acts more BMW than Lexus, the 3.3T with the Sport Prestige option is the one to get.

How many miles per gallon does the 2023 Genesis G70 get?

The rear-drive Genesis G70 2.0T earns EPA figures of 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway/24 mpg combined. Adding all-wheel drive drops the figures to 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway/23 mpg combined.

The rear-drive Genesis G70 3.3T gets 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway/21 mpg combined, while the 3.3T AWD gets 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway/20 mpg combined.

Which 2023 Genesis G70 offers the most safety?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not crash-tested the G70. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  (IIHS) has, and gives the G70 its highest rating of Good in every crash-test category. The institute also awarded the G70 a Top Safety Pick + accolade.

As the G70 comes with so many safety and driver-assist systems standard, we think you’ll be fine regardless of trim. However, if you want those few added assurance measures, opt for a 3.3T with the optional front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, and blind-spot monitor.

Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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