Poll: Genesis G80 or Chevrolet SS?

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Poll: Genesis G80 or Chevrolet SS?

Which large sedan do YOU prefer, the new Genesis G80 or Chevrolet’s lovable SS? Vote in our latest poll!

Both of these cars offer rear-wheel drive and powerful V8 engines, but does one have an edge over the other? Let’s take a deep dive into each of them.

Starting with the “new” G80, nee Hyundai Genesis, this large four-door offers two different engines, a base 3.8-liter V6 and a 5.0-liter V8. The top offering is good for an impressive 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of twist. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines, though drivers can opt for all-wheel drive if they go with the entry-level propulsion unit.

Curiously, Chevy’s SS is the mirror image of the Genesis G80. It offers just one engine, but TWO unique transmissions. Isn’t that weird? Motivation is provided by a standard 6.2-liter LS3 small block V8. It churns out 415 horses and an equal amount of torque, both of which are SAE certified. As for gearboxes, you can get a six speed automatic or a manual with the same number of ratios. Yes, it’s true! A stick is offered in this large sedan, making it nearly one of a kind these days.

As for pricing, the G80 starts at around $42,000 but the SS is a bit richer, kicking off at roughly 49 large, of course, that’s with a V8 engine. If you need more information about these two sedans feel free to compare them directly right here, and don’t forget to vote in our poll!

  • Tom

    Only one is a luxury brand soooo…

  • ?

    Is that sarcasm?

  • Danangme

    I’ll take the SS with the manual.

  • James

    Put me down for a Dodge Charger SRT8. Best 8 speed automatic in the business and a 485 HP, 470 ft lb, 6.4L V8, all for only a little more than the SS. No contest really. The Hyundai is a barge.

  • ejd1984

    How about a 4-door Buick Avista? 😉

  • Pickles

    While this “article” is more like a socially retarded repost from someone just joining their first car forum, I can say a few things the “author” can’t, primarily because I can use teh intarwewbz, oh, and I know wtf I’m talking aboot. #1 – The V8 isn’t even a 2016 model in the US (and the 2015s are increasingly hard to find), I would explain why, but if you are a car person, you already know about the “new brand” rollout, a fact the “author” is unburdened with. #2 – An auto writer who had actually seen the cars IRL, knows there is no real comparison here. As far as fit and finish, you might as well compare a Malibu to a 4 series. #3 – “both of which are SAE certified” . . . seriously? Are you going for a minimum word count?

    OK, as an owner of a 2016 awd Genny I can tell you that the Hyundai hit a home run with their 8-speed. While I own a 3.8, I spent 11 days with 5.0 and 6 days with an SS auto. The trans in the Chevy is exactly what you would expect from Chevy, it virtually throws you around the cabin as it shifts, while the trans in the Genesis is so smooth and linear, most writers use a CVT on steroids as a comparison.

    The interior of the Chevy, well, it looks like a Chevy. The interior of the Genesis is in line with the Germans. Nuff sed.

    You could get a 2015 V8 Genny for 18-24 grand less than an SS if you look around and could actually find a local dealer with an SS, lol, and good luck finding a manual….but I’m sure that dealer can dig one up for a few more grand… You can get a v8 Genny for as much as . . . oh what am I saying, anyone that would consider a Dodge, doesn’t understand luxury.

    But I digress… People who bash the Genny are people who have never actually spent any time in one. Lastly, let’s detail in one final fashion how worthless this “author” is. “As for pricing, the G80 starts at around $42,000”, lol “starts”. The G80, as a G80, not a Genesis, won’t even appear on the market for another 6-8 months AT BEST, and pricing is not set.

    Hey Autoguide, save yourself 24k a year and make a smart fire.

  • But which is the drivers’ car? There’s so much more to going in a straight line in one’s bed…

    The 5.0 is no contest, let alone the silly and underpowered 3.8 you own. It’s suffice to say that you purchased said vehicle due to price and the fact that you wanted to be driven around in your bed. #’merica

  • taquitosforall

    A Genny? Are you 17 years old?

  • Pickles

    wtf does that even mean?

  • Pickles

    At 6’4″ 185lbs at 42 yrs of age, no, not #’merica, but hey, if you want to troll for it being a Hyundai, knock yerself out, I’ve already heard it all and you clearly don’t follow WRX or know who the Millens are. The Genny (that’s for tacobender) has more sophisticated systems, better build, superior suspension, bigger brakes, better fit and finish, better pricing, better and far more comprehensive warranty, better resale, and when comparing ncap and IIHS videos, the Chevy is nothing but laughable. To suggest the SS is a “drivers car” really says it all. The Tao has more power and better mileage than the Chevy, for that matter so does the Lambda when compared 1:1, and both have a far superior AWD system than anything GM has ever even tried to offer. As far as price, sounds like you are cranky you cannot pay cash for your cars and I can. You might wanna work on that.

    Sounds a lot like a great big ole jar of jelly to me.

  • has more sophisticated systems,

    Irrelevant to it being a driver’s car. But I guess a self-parking system is considered less sophisticated for a non luxury car.

    superior suspension,

    I guess you’ve never heard of Magnetic Ride Control. The same tech. being licensed by Ferrari.

    bigger brakes

    The SS has four piston Brembos on all four corners.

    better pricing

    You make the mistake of comparing your 3.8L to the 6.2L SS. The SS is better priced when compared to the 5.0L V8 “genny.”

    better resale

    I guess you haven’t been paying attention to the resale value of the Australian Zetas. Go look up the price of a G8 GXP, sir.

    The rest of your ramblings are subjective and cannot be substantiated as a factor when deciding which car is “better” or which car to choose. Not to mention that you continue to bring up the 3.8L (lol!) into the picture.

  • Hmm

    Great for a straight line but what about corner carving?

    That old E series platform/LX platform is absolute rubbish.

  • Justin Kelly

    Not really an SS could have been had BRAND NEW with 20% of MSRP for well under 40k…

  • Pickles

    -Irrelevant to it being a driver’s car. But I guess a self-parking system is considered less sophisticated for a non luxury car.

    So you are the typical fat lazy american that can’t be bothered to learn how to parallel park, the car has to do it for you, lol, talk about #’merica

    -I guess you’ve never heard of Magnetic Ride Control. The same tech. being licensed by Ferrari.

    I guess you haven’t been paying attention, or can’t read, the Genesis has active ride control, it’s called CDC and doesn’t NEARLY have the number of reported issues as it does in the GM line, specifically the trucks. And with a suspension actually designed by Lotus, I’ll stick with the Genesis than some knock off of stolen German tech that still doesn’t work quite right, even on a $480,000 car.

    -The SS has four piston Brembos on all four corners.

    15″ is bigger than 14.2″, which part of that don’t you get?

    -You make the mistake of comparing your 3.8L to the 6.2L SS. The SS is better priced when compared to the 5.0L V8 “genny.”

    I guess you haven’t been paying attention, or have what we call in the legal biz, a comprehension barrier. I was comparing the 5.0, but you know this, that’s why it is called trolling, in this case quite poor, but trolling nonetheless.

    -I guess you haven’t been paying attention to the resale value of the Australian Zetas. Go look up the price of a G8 GXP, sir.

    Nonsensical at best, but asinine at the core. The big G8s are all over the place for 8-12 grand, in adjusted dollars, that’s a pathetic resale curve, even for a failed company that couldn’t keep it head above water and still cost taxpayers 16 BILLION. Hyundai has never been bailed out, they know how to actually run a diversified multinational. Estimated resale at 5 years on the SS is projected to be 21%, compared with an estimated 36% on the Hyundai 5.0. Nothing you are writing makes any sense.

    -The rest of your ramblings are subjective and cannot be substantiated.

    More power, bigger brakes, better mileage, higher BSI for almost ten years now, higher in the CR index, higher in ACS index, better warranty, more airbags, categorically safer (Hyundai has EIGHT TSP+ cars, the SS isn’t even a TSP), Chevy doesn’t even offer an AWD version of the SS…. and I could go on, but nothing I just listed is subjective, they are facts.

    Copypasta that last word and google it, it is fairly relevant.

    And as far as the 3.8, no I don’t “keep bringing it up”, I simply pointed out, clearly much to your chagrin, the the Lambda makes more power and gets better mileage than the equivalent Chevy slug. In fact the 3.8 is faster than EVERY Chevy V6 and some of the V8s….Oh boy, I hear an ass chapping…. And by the way, oh, wait, Chevy doesn’t even (some would say CAN’T) compete in WRX.

    Sooooo yeah, the unfortunate reality here is that, for whatever reason, your fervent defense of Chevy says you really want an SS. Good luck with that.

  • Whichever one is available with the manual transmission… Chevy FTW. Automakers need to cater to the purist market, some of us still despise automatics. I like everything about the Hyundai more, engine included. But that automatic in a high power V-8
    is a deal breaker for me.

  • Pickles

    I don’t disagree. Can you imagine a manual V8 Genesis? my god, that’d be awesome. But I spose to some degree that’s where Caddy comes in, just not at the same price point.