New to the luxury mid-size SUV segment, the 2021 Genesis GV80 impresses with its clean look, a choice of powerful engines and a first-class warranty. Let’s see how it compares to a seasoned veteran, the redesigned 2022 7-passenger Acura MDX.
2021 Genesis GV80
2021 Genesis GV80 Starting price: $ 49,925 | Price yours Where View listings near you
Above average: Numerous standard and optional features; excellent security technology; top-notch guarantee; rear or all-wheel drive.
Below average: The optional third row is tight; no V8 or hybrid; lack of brand awareness.
Consensus: The 2021 Genesis GV80 is Hyundai’s first-ever luxury crossover SUV. Unsurprisingly, it offers value, excellent safety features, and great driving manners at a very competitive starting price. In its first year on the market, it’s the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy among mid-size luxury SUVs.
Acura MDX 2022
Acura MDX 2022 Starting price: $ 47,925 | Price yours Where View listings near you
Above average: Spacious interior; wireless Apple CarPlay / Android Auto; high performance S-type variant; resale value.
Below average: Noise from tires; not particularly fuel efficient; the touchpad can be irritating.
Consensus: A complete overhaul for 2022 gives the Acura MDX a slightly more spacious and stylish interior and a more robust chassis. Build quality is excellent, as expected, although it does feature some tire noise and the touchpad can be frustrating to use while driving.
GV80 vs MDX: style and power
Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis has so far offered a trio of luxury sport sedans, but the 2021 Genesis GV80 marks the company’s first foray into the crossover / SUV segment. Being the newcomer to the block, Genesis knew he had to bring his “A” game, so the GV80 is extremely well equipped in all trim levels, with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. We recently named it KBB Best Buy in the mid-size luxury SUV category.
A choice of engines includes a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a drive-mode selector. Also available (and with standard all-wheel drive) is a 375-horsepower twin-turbo V6 that really gets things going.
The big grille trend seems to be on these days, and the GV80 is no exception, but it looks distinct and modern.
Standard equipment is plentiful, including a 14.5-inch dial display with handwriting recognition and redundant controls, a premium 12-speaker sound system, and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto integration.
Driver assistance and safety features are also plentiful, and also include valet parking and an optional automatic parking feature. Obviously, the GV80 is designed for five passengers only. A trim offers a third row, but it’s extremely narrow and offers virtually no cargo space behind it. If you need a seven-passenger SUV, you better look elsewhere.
As with all Genesis products, the 2021 GV80 is backed by a 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and comes with free maintenance and janitorial services.
In production since 2001, the MDX has been a solid seller for Acura. But the company took off in 2021, and the Acura MDX 2022 is back after a complete overhaul that gave it a slightly longer and wider body and sophisticated suspension.
While many of its competitors use turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, the basis of the MDX is a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that delivers smooth power sent to the front or all four wheels. Soon, the S-Type, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with Acura Super-Handling all-wheel drive, Brembo brakes and torque vectoring.
We love the angular exterior look of the 2022 MDX, which is complemented by a flexible interior with an optional removable center seat in the second row. The interior is packed with high-quality materials, with Acura’s flawless build quality. We love the dashboard and its impressive infotainment display, although the touchpad is a bit difficult to use while driving.
Standard features are generous and include a 9-speaker audio system, USB charging ports, three-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, and dual 12.3-inch screens. Every MDX 2022 also comes with the AcuraWatch suite of safety systems, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and a blind spot monitor. Given Acura’s reputation for reliability, resale values are expected to be high.
All-wheel drive optional; optional twin-turbo V6 engines; 5 Star NHTSA Security.
2021 Genesis GV80 Benefits
Loading space; long warranty; beautiful appearance; rear-wheel drive as standard.
Advantages Acura MDX 2022
Standard third row; high performance S-type variant; excellent build quality.
Which one is right for me?
New to the block, the 2021 Genesis GV80 is a great choice if you like its dynamic styling, great standard equipment, and handling, but don’t necessarily need third-row seats.
The Acura MDX 2022 is a good choice for large families without sacrificing driving pleasure. Acura also has a solid reputation for providing good resale value.
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|2021 Genesis GV80||Acura MDX 2022|
|Motor||2.5 liter turbo I4||3.5-liter V6|
|Power||300 hp at 5,800 rpm||290 hp at 6,200 rpm|
|Couple||311 lb-ft @ 1,650 rpm||267 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm|
|Transmission||8 speed automatic||10-speed automatic|
|Fuel economy||23 mpg (21 city / 25 highway)||22 mpg (19 city / 26 highway)|
|Also available||3.5-liter turbo V6; AWD||3.0-liter turbo V6; AWD|
|Basic warranty||5 years / 60,000 miles||4 years / 50,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||10 years / 100,000 miles||6 years / 70,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 stars||5 stars|
|Maximum seating capacity||7||7|
|Wheelbase||116.3 inch||113.8 inch|
|Total length||194.7 inch||198.4 inch|
|Width||77.8 inch||78.7 inch|
|Height||67.5 inch||67.1 inch|
|Turning diameter||39.3 feet||40.5 feet|
|Headroom, forward||40.2 inch||38.5 inch|
|Headroom, aft||38.4 inch||38.1 inch|
|Legroom, front||41.6 inch||41.6 inch|
|Legroom, rear||38.7 inch||38.5 inch|
|Shoulder room, front||60.2 inch||61.9 inch|
|Shoulder room, rear||58.2 inch||60.3 inch|
|EPA passenger volume||108.7 cubic feet||139.1 cubic feet|
|EPA cargo volume||84.0 cubic feet||71.4 cubic feet|