Anthony’s Analytics: 2023 Genesis G90 3.5T E-Supercharger

2023 Genesis G90 3.5T E-Supercharger

by Anthony Fongaro  - Photos via Genesis - 11/21/2022 

Large sedans being the pinnacle of an automaker are becoming quite rare. You’ll usually see some huge SUVs as the company’s aspirational point. Not with Genesis. For now, the top dog is the G90. In the past, the G90 was a good sedan but was lacking in technology and refinement. Now, the 2023 G90 is completely redesigned. You have more tech, some interesting features, and a brand-new engine. Can the G90 compete with the Germans and even the Lexus LS500? I had the top-of-the-line $100,000 G90 3.5T E-Supercharger and it made quite an impression.

Let’s start with the exterior. Throughout the exterior, you’ll see that the G90 is a very handsome but quite imposing vehicle. Looking at the front you have the now signature Genesis double lights and a massive blacked-out grille. At the bottom of the front end are two black rectangles which house sensors and cameras. This G90 was draped in Hallason Green which is very pretty.  Genesis gave the G90 21-inch wheels running on Michelin Primary Tour all-season tires.  Getting to the side profile of the car you'll see that there are two additional lights on the front fender next to the headlights. 

2023 Genesis G90 3.5T E-Supercharger

There are a few interesting things about the G90’s doors. When you approach the vehicle the door handles pop out. Opening the doors is conventional and requires you to put the effort in. Closing the doors is different. All you have to do is press on this little square on the door handle and the door will close. This is for all four of the doors. At the rear, you have a redesigned rear end with Genesis was written out large along with the G90 and AWD badges. Redesigned taillights showcase an evolution of Genesis’ design language with more depth to them along.  You’ll also see some fake vents along with a plethora of sensors. 

When you're inside the Genesis G90 it is absolutely gorgeous. This interior included a contrasting brown and white interior. You’ll notice that there is some brown wood accent along with a lot of actual buttons and switches in front of you. In front of the driver, there is a sort-of 3D effect steering wheel with your adaptive cruise control and media functions. For the most part, these feel expensive, but Genesis put a haptic button for your music which was odd.  In front of the digital dials, there are two large buttons for your trunk and adjusting the brightness of your digital dials. 

2023 Genesis G90 3.5T E-Supercharger

G90s’ digital screen has either traditional dials or a simpler display with one dial on the left to show your speed along with what your RPMs are underneath. To the right, you can show information such as your average MPG. On this top-of-the-line G90, there is a heads-up display that shows you pretty much everything that a regular head-up display would show you including your speed and navigation. I’m glad that the climate control features aren’t integrated into the infotainment system. Instead, they have their own separate section with switches and buttons. Speaking of the infotainment system, there are different functions within it including my favorite one which is the Mood Curator. Mood Curator has four moods available which our Vitality, Delight, Care, and Comfort. Activating these modifies the lighting along with turning on an aroma diffusor, turning on massaging seats, and modifying the blinds. 

Two different giant rotary knobs are for the gear selector and infotainment system. Conveniently, the volume control is in front of the infotainment rotary control. There's a little circle for fingerprint recognition so you can have a custom setting. Below those, you have your ventilated and heating seat buttons, a button for the 360-degree camera, and a drive select button. You’ll also see buttons to close the door. Yes, you don't actually put effort into closing any of the Genesis G90’s doors. The driver’s door can be electrically closed by pressing on the bake. The whole cabin is just so nice and so serene it's designed impeccably. Everything you touch feels like it's more than a $100,000 car The rear seats are amazing and extremely comfortable. You have heated, ventilated, and massaging seats, but the best seat is the rear passenger seat. 

This is because these executive-style seats have reclining seats with the rear passenger seat having the ability to move up the front passenger seat along with a little leg rest. They’re extremely comfortable with actual pillows on the headrest. The doors have shortcut buttons for reclining the seats and turning on the massaging seats. Of course, there are two buttons to close the doors because once again, it’s a  Genesis G90. There's a Bang and Olufsen sound system with pop-up tweeters. It’s just so serene in the G90. Two different are here with sunroofs the first one being an actual sunroof whereas the second one in the back is more of just a window with a  shade. Last, there are two wireless docking stations in the front and back along with USB-c ports. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

2023 Genesis G90 3.5T E-Supercharger

Powering the G90 is a 3.5-liter turbocharged engine with a mild-hybrid system and an e-Supercharger. This produces 409 horsepower/305 kW and 405 lb-ft/550 Nm. These combine to produce a 4.7 0-60 MPH run. Genesis G90 is very comfortable. You have three different driving modes for eco, comfort, and Sport. Additionally, you can either do an individual or smart mode which is able to analyze how you drive and acts accordingly.  If you need to accelerate hard, it’ll switch to a sport-like mode or it'll stay mostly in the eco-type mode. 

G90’s head-up display and the front digital display vehicles and buildings all over the place. It is very detailed when you get onto the highway it scans the road if it senses that you can move across lanes, it will gently assist. While driving, I noticed that this is even quieter than I thought. There’s a minimal amount of tire noise and pretty much no road noise. This is more of a highway cruiser and compared to its German rivals, you’ll notice a certain lack of sporty-ness. Although you have the sport mode, I almost never used it. Instead, I was in smart mode letting the car do its thing.

2023 Genesis G90 3.5T E-Supercharger

Getting to the engine, it’s not the worst thing about the G90, but the transmission can feel laggy. When Genesis makes this an EV, the G90 will be even better. Operating the G90 is dead simple. The combination of the rotary wheel, infotainment system, and physical climate control buttons keep your eyes on the road. Even though the infotainment system is good, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are better to use. Since Genesis G90 focuses on being more serene, the handling is what you’d expect which is a little floaty. Thankfully, there is rear-wheel steering in slower driving situations. When needed, the safety systems work well, especially the adaptive cruise control. 

Pricing is simple. The G90 3.5T E-Supercharger is $100,000. This price gets you the upgraded engine along with every feature you’d want in an executive sedan. I absolutely love the G90. It’s so quiet, so serene, and makes the Lexus LS500 seem old. Can it compare to the Germans? Seeing as it’s loaded at $100,000, it undercuts them by at least $20,000, if not more. Can I recommend the G90? How can’t I!? This car impressed me even more than I thought. Everyone I drove said it was the best car they had been in. Genesis made an amazing large sedan. If you’re looking for a posh, executive sedan, you need to look at the G90.