Car of the Year Award

Car of the Year


“Our editors were unanimously impressed by the Genesis G70 — it’s an overall excellent package that was smartly designed, cleverly engineered and fairly priced,” said editor-in-chief Jodi Lai. “This luxury sport sedan not only raises the bar for its own brand and segment but the industry in general. Driving dynamics, luxury, features, cool factor — the Genesis G70 has it all and the automaker has worked hard for this win.”


Top to bottom, front to back, inside and out, this fancy four-door impressed everyone on the team that drove it. Genesis had a lot to prove and it exceeded our expectations.

  “At Genesis, we are focused on delivering premium vehicles that rise to the top of their respective segments,” said Erwin Raphael, executive director, Genesis Motor America. “We are so proud that the highly respected site’s editors have acknowledged the inherent qualities and capabilities of the G70 in naming it their 2019 Car of the Year.”  

The Genesis faced some stiff competition to be Car of the Year. The Korean brand’s luxury sport sedan was up against the shortlisted sensible and value-packed Kia Forte, the funky Hyundai Veloster (which includes the rowdy yet refined Veloster N), the fuel-economy focused Honda Insight hybrid, and the comfortable Nissan Altima. But these vehicles were no match for this Genesis, which took first-place honors in nearly every category of our scoring system.

  2019 Genesis G70 is AutoGuide Car of the Year

Why it Won


Genesis as a brand is relatively new and can’t rest on its laurels or reputation just yet, and it was really refreshing to see such a well-thought-out vehicle. Once you get behind the wheel, it becomes obvious that Genesis is serious about not only making great cars, but also about disrupting the industry. The Genesis G70 scored high in all of our metrics including powertrain, chassis, exterior, interior, and marketplace significance. It’s a well-rounded and complete car with excellent attention to detail, coming together in a truly desirable package. Genesis looked beyond the spec sheet to infuse the G70 with something special, and it succeeded. 


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