Genesis is America’s newest luxury brand. The premium division of Hyundai, Genesis appeared in 2017 and initially offered only four-door sedans. The timing was unfortunate. Americans were only accelerating their shift toward crossover SUVs, and Genesis sedans sold poorly.
Enter the brand’s first SUV, the 2021 Genesis GV80 mid-size crossover. It promises to share the stately design, impeccable interior, and long list of features for the money that won critical acclaim for Genesis’s sedans. To see how successfully it delivers on that promise, we tested the GV80 back-to-back against the redesigned 2022 Acura MDX. The MDX — which helped create the mid-size crossover class two decades ago — has become known for combining family-friendly utility, high-tech luxury, and sporty performance at comparatively affordable prices. In this article, we’ll discuss how the MDX and GV80 compare in eight categories, then name our overall winner.