Comparison: 2017 Genesis G80 vs 2017 Acura TLX

Comparison: 2017 Genesis G80 vs 2017 Acura TLX

European brands haven’t cornered the luxury market since Toyota-born Lexus and Honda-owned Acura jumped in the ring. Now, Hyundai is getting in on the luxury game with its Genesis series, a lineup of vehicles with sophisticated design, the latest in tech, and comfort for days.

Richmond drivers wondering how the 2017 Genesis G80 stacks up to the 2017 Acura TLX can check out our comparison to see which one comes out ahead in terms of safety, tech, and features.

Comfort and Convenience

Genesis G80

Drivers get the choice between the G80 3.8 or the G80 5.0, numbers that reflect differences in engine displacement and trim levels. The 3.8 comes standard with leather seating, heated front seats, Integrated Memory System for the driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, and hands-free smart trunk with auto open. It also features heated, auto-dimming power-folding exterior mirrors.

The 5.0 model adds matte-finish wood and aluminum trim, premium leather seating, ventilated front seats, dual-mode front ventilation with CO2 sensor, Heads-Up Display, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, power trunk lid, and power sunroof.

Acura TLX

The 2017 TLX has three trims: base, TLX V-6, and TLX V-6 SH-AWD. The base comes standard with dual-zone climate control, push-button start, Sport Seats with leatherette-trim, heated front seats, wood and metal accents, heated side mirrors, and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Upper trims add premium leather seating, ventilated front seats, and the option for a moonroof.

Performance

Genesis G80

As mentioned, you have the option between the G80 3.8, which has a 3.8-liter V6 engine, or the G80 5.0, which is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine. The former makes 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque, while the latter churns out 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Each is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the V6 model is available with all-wheel drive.

Acura TLX

The TLX has two engine options: a 2.4-liter inline-4 mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, or a 3.5-liter V6 with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The inline-4 makes 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, while the V6 makes 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque and comes with the option for all-wheel drive.

Safety and Tech

Genesis G80

The 2017 G80 was a favorite among safety organizations, earning both the Top Safety Pick+ title (from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) and a 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to reports, it earned best-possible scores in all crash tests by both the IIHS and the NHTSA.

The G80 comes standard with a rearview camera, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Smart Cruise Control, High Beam Assist, and LED daytime running lights.

Acura TLX

While the TLX did earn a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, the IIHS wasn’t as impressed. It gave the 2017 TLX Good scores in all tests except small overlap front impact, where it earned an Acceptable. The TLX comes standard with a multi-view rear camera and LED daytime running lights, but all other driver assistance tech comes either as an option or on upper trims only. Available tech includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information System, and Collision Mitigation Braking with Head-Up Warning.

Pricing

Genesis G80

Starting at $41,400 MSRP

Acura TLX

Starting at $32,000 MSRP

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