2020 Genesis G70 vs. 2020 Toyota Camry

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Safety

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The G70 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Camry doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The G70’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Camry doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the G70 and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The G70 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Camry’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G70 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Camry. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Camry ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The G70’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Camry’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G70 for 1 year and 11000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the Camry (3/36,000 vs. 2/25000).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the G70 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Camry’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the G70 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the G70’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Camry’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G70 first among compact premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Camry isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The G70 has more powerful engines than the Camry:

Horsepower

Torque

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

G70

Camry

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.4 sec

12.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.9 sec

20.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.9 MPH

90.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the G70 2.0T Automatic’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Camry doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G70 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Camry with the 3.5 DOHC V6 engine requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The G70 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry L’s standard fuel tank (15.8 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The G70 offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Camry doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The G70’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Camry doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the G70’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Camry:

G70 2.0T

G70 3.3T/6-speed

Camry

Camry TRD

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

12 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

11.06 inches

11.06 inches

The G70’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Camry are solid, not vented.

The G70 stops much shorter than the Camry:

G70

Camry

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the G70 has larger standard tires than the Camry (225/45R18 vs. 205/65R16).

The G70’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry L’s standard 65 series tires. The G70 3.3T/2.0T Manual/Sport’s 255/35R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Camry XSE/TRD’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G70 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Camry L.

Suspension and Handling

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The G70 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Camry’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The G70’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the Camry’s (59.5% to 40.5%). This gives the G70 more stable handling and braking.

The G70 handles at .94 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The G70 Standard executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Camry XLE (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G70’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Camry L/LE’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The G70 AWD’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Camry SE/TRD/XLE/XSE’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

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The G70 is 7.7 inches shorter than the Camry L/LE/XLE, making the G70 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the G70 is quieter than the Camry SE (37 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

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The G70 has 1.4 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more front legroom than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the G70’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The G70’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry L/TRD doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the G70’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The G70 3.3T Prestige/3.3T Sport also has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Camry doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the G70 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Camry. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the G70 3.3T/Elite/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

The G70 3.3T/Elite/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The G70’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Camry’s parking brake has to released manually.

The G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/Sport’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camry’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Consumer Reports rated the G70’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Camry’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/Sport has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Camry doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The G70’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Camry and aren’t offered on the Camry L.

When the G70 3.3T/Elite/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Camry’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The G70 Elite/Prestige/Sport has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Camry offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the G70 and the Camry offer available heated front seats. The G70 Prestige/Sport also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Camry.

On extremely cold winter days, the G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/Sport’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The G70 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Camry and isn’t available on the Camry L.

The G70’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Camry L doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the G70 and the Camry offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the G70 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Camry doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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The G70 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The Camry hasn’t been picked since 1997.

Motor Trend selected the G70 as their 2019 Car of the Year. The Camry was Car of the Year in 2007.

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