Relatively new to the luxury sedan arena, the 2021 Genesis G80 goes head-to-head with the 2021 Cadillac CT5, a midsize sedan that is more closely priced than a compact. Let’s see how they measure up. 2021 Genesis G80 2021 Genesis G80 Starting Price: $ 47,700 Above Average: Available All-Wheel Drive; many aids to the driver; unique looks; powerful V6 biturbo; optional adaptive suspension.
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2021 Cadillac CT5 Starting Price: $ 37,990 Above Average: Sharp Appearance; Optional V6 biturbo; choice of rear or four wheel drive; competitive price. Below Average: Weak Base Engine; numb steering; it lacks some safety and driver assistance features. Consensus: Competitively priced with an impressive exterior appearance, the 2021 Cadillac CT5 offers a variety of engines and rear or four-wheel drive. However, the base engine is underpowered and the Caddy’s driving manners leave a lot to be desired compared to its competitors.G80 vs CT5: K-Pop or Kid RockGenesis G80 Having gone through a complete redesign this year, the 2021 Genesis G80 It is a striking mid-size luxury sports sedan that comes well equipped at a very competitive price. The base engine is a 300-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 as an upgrade. No more optional V8 from last year. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive available as an option for a more confident ride in inclement weather. Despite its size and generous interior, the G80 handles well and there is an optional sports suspension that uses cameras to read the road surface and adjust accordingly. Inside, there are comfortable and supportive seats, plenty of room for rear passengers, and a 14.5-inch infotainment screen operated by a console-mounted dial. Navigation and Apple AAPL, + 0.30% CarPlay / Android Auto compatibility come standard. Safety and driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance. Not only does the G80 start thousands of dollars below its German competitors, it also offers a best-in-class 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Genesis does not yet have the brand recognition of more established competitors and there is no hybrid option available. Related: Comparing the 2021 Genesis G80 to the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-ClassCadillac CT5 Nearly one of a kind, the 2021 Cadillac CT5 is somewhere between a compact and midsize sedan, priced at the lower end of the spectrum. What this means, however, is that it compares to premium sedans like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, and falls short of them. Cadillac hopes to swim at the top end of the pack, but against its competition, it is underpowered and underwhelming, with steering that is vague and handling that is not as tight or rewarding as nearly all of its competitors. However, there is a biturbo V6 that increases the power, and the CT5-V model takes even more advantage of that V6, as well as providing a much more sophisticated suspension, although it starts just under $ 50,000. See also: What is it like to drive the 2021 Maserati Ghibli? Inside the CT5 there is a comfortable space for the rear passengers, but the door openings are a bit narrow and the front seats are a bit narrow. The trunk is also a bit smaller. The basic luxury trim is decently decorated, with LED headlights and taillights, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery. Standard safety features include forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. But again, it falls short here, with elements like lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring not even available on the base model. Similarities Rear or four wheel drive; optional upgrade V6; no hybrid option; small trunk. 2021 Advantages of the Genesis G80 Base power; more standard security features; more precise handling and steering; Longer warranty. 2021 Cadillac CT5 Advantages Much lower starting price; Brand recognition; striking looks. Read next: BMW’s new i4 is ready to take on Tesla with 523 hp and 300-mile range Final recommendation At Cadillac’s heyday, luxury buyers were happy with plenty of room and numb steering, but times have changed , and luxury sedan buyers generally want a little more performance and safety. Genesis understands this. The 2021 Genesis G80 offers precise handling, rear-wheel drive, and a selection of powerful engines paired with loads of features and technology. This story was originally published on KBB.com.