The 2021 Genesis G80 and 2020 Acura MDX are luxurious daily drivers, and that’s exactly why choosing between them is so difficult. Luckily, our comparison guide is here to delve into the details. By the end, you should have a feel for the luxury model that’s right for you.
CUTTING-EDGE FEATURES: 2021 GENESIS G80
While the Genesis G80 sedan was redesigned for the 2021 model year, there isn’t actually a 2021 version of the Acura MDX available at all. The MDX is skipping 2021 altogether. Instead, this Acura crossover SUV is scheduled for a redesign for the 2022 model year.
For the most in cutting-edge tech features and luxury design, therefore, you should choose the new Genesis G80. The 2021 G80 comes standard with a bigger, 14.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. One of the 2020 MDX’s main drawbacks is in fact its infotainment system, which features a confusing dual-screen system that’s slow to react to your input.
QUIET OPULENCE: 2021 ACURA MDX
If a luxurious cabin is your main goal, you’re going to find it hard to choose between the 2021 Genesis G80 and 2020 Acura MDX. The G80 sedan is plush and roomy, with two rows of standard heated seats and optional leather upholstery. And this luxury sedan keeps wind and road noise from intruding on your conversations.
The Acura MDX has a couple of advantages here, however. For starters, this three-row luxury SUV accommodates more passengers, with seating for up to seven. It also comes standard with more high-end features, including leather upholstery and a sunroof.
LUXURIOUS PERFORMANCE: 2021 GENESIS G80
On the road, the G80 has the advantage. You’ll love its sporty engine options: a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (300 hp, 311 lb-ft) and a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (375 hp, 391 lb-ft).
The 2020 Acura MDX also offers two engine options, a 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp, 267 lb-ft) and a hybrid 3.0-liter V6 that works in conjunction with three electric motors (321 hp, 289 lb-ft). The MDX does provide a speedy ride, even if it’s not quite as powerful as the G80.
The Genesis G80 also impresses with its cutting-edge safety systems. Both luxury vehicles come standard with the usual array of safety aids, including forward collision mitigation, lane departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. But the G80 adds to that list with innovative new features, including evasive steering assist and driver attention warning.
LONG-LIVED WARRANTY COVERAGE: 2021 GENESIS G80
Want to enjoy long-term peace of mind? The 2021 G80 has you covered. Every trim model comes with one of the longest-lived warranties in the business. The G80’s powertrain coverage alone lasts 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. And Genesis provides five years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage.
The 2020 Acura MDX’s coverage doesn’t last as long, but it’s pretty average for the luxury segment. Acura drivers enjoy six years or 70,000 miles of limited powertrain warranty coverage. Bumper-to-bumper coverage lasts four years or 50,000 miles.
The 2020 Acura MDX delivers a luxurious ride, but the 2021 Genesis G80 wins the day with its cutting-edge new design, premium performance, and long-lasting warranty coverage.