Monday, January 30, 2023


Tiger Woods’ mystery wrecked vehicle? High-towing capacity new Genesis SUV

By James Raia
Helicopter video of the solo-vehicle crash on February 23 involving Tiger Woods showed Genesis signage on the door of the SUV. The logo read “Genesis Invitational,” but the sport utility vehicle was unknown to many observers.

The vehicle wrecked was a 2021 Genesis GV80. The midsize luxury sport utility vehicle debuted last November as the fourth vehicle in the upscale manufacturer’s lineup.

The SUV is unique among competitors because it has a 7,700-pound towing capacity, the highest in its class.

Woods was loaned the Genesis GV80 SUV by the carmaker for his week in Los Angeles, which coincided with The Genesis Invitational tournament which he was hosting. The SUV has a starting price of about $50,000.

The vehicle Tiger Woods wrecked in his single-car accident was a 2021 Genesis GV80.
The vehicle Tiger Woods wrecked in his single-car accident was a 2021 Genesis GV80.

The GV80 also features 10 airbags, a forward-collision warning system, and evasive steering technology. Also included is an interior camera that warns the driver if they fall asleep.

It is available in rear-wheel-drive, with either Standard, Advanced or Prestige trim levels powered by the 2.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine. It also comes with all-wheel-drive with the 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo. That version has AWD Standard, AWD Advanced, AWD Advanced+ and AWD Prestige grades available.

Genesis gets top dependability honors

J.D. Power recently named the Genesis the industry’s most dependable premium automotive brand in the renowned analysts’ detailed Dependability Study. The study is a comprehensive overview of owners’ repair history of their three-year-old models.

Genesis is now in its fourth year as a luxury segment of Hyundai. It was eligible for the first time in the Dependability Study in 2020.

The GV80 was one of three finalists for the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award. However, sales have faltered for the fledgling brand.

Still, because of its unheralded reputation, some observers question if the SUV might have been responsible for Woods’ accident.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave its highest honor, the Top Safety Pick+, to the Genesis G70 and Genesis G90 luxury sedans. The G80 and GV80 are too new and weren’t included in the analysis.

James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, He can be reached via email:

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Mike Sherman
1 year ago

The posted limit on that road is 45 mph. Based on the off-road distance covered and extent of damage, my guess is the black box will show a vehicle speed of approximately 70+.

Allen Cohen
1 year ago

We upgraded from a Dodge Durango to a 2021 Chevy Tahoe because it has a towing capacity of 8400, so the Genesis is not “unique among competitors”. We are loving the Tahoe!

1 year ago

Perfect vehicle for hauling a set of clubs to a golf course. It’s the greens thing to do.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Dennis

“It’s the greens thing to do.” 😆 Good one! Thanks, Dennis! —Diane at

1 year ago

The car has anti-lock brakes, so there aren’t going to be dark black braking skid marks.
There will be some light scuff marks made by the anti-lock brakes though. An investigator can see these.
He was already a half hour late for a video shoot and was most likely driving fast and maybe phoning/texting his lateness or fiddling with the nav system.

Jim Schrankel
1 year ago

As it occurred pretty early, and no skid marks, I’m thinking he fell asleep.

Dry Creek
1 year ago

The GV80 also features 10 airbags, a forward-collision warning system, *and evasive steering technology*.

I certainly hope that the “evasive steering technology” didn’t malfunction. Could you imagine just tooling along in a nice new SUV loaned to you by the manufacturer and the vehicle suddenly decides to commit suicide? Unless of course his ex-wife had found a way to hack into it via bluetooth. That is almost sinister how a car can drive itself these days.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

This smacks of driver inattention. No skid marks anywhere. I hope he comes out ok, but this just shows that celebrity doesn’t equate to smarts.

Bob P
1 year ago

I hope they check his phone records, since there were no skid marks where he jumped the curb of the median, nor on the pavement on the other side of the road before he went over the embankment and crashed through bushes and 2 trees, I would say he was distracted by possibly texting where his eyes were not on the road.

Roger V
1 year ago

He’s very lucky to be alive after such a horrific crash, and most of the credit goes to the engineers who designed the safety features into that vehicle.

1 year ago

Petrol engine? The writer from England?

James Springate
1 year ago

The passenger compartment was remarkably intact after multiple rollovers

1 year ago

They said in the media it has a black box recorder inside. So, once investigated, we should know if it was driver error/distraction, speed, or mechanical fault. Either way, those 10 airbags and all of the safety “stuff” on this vehicle are likely what saved his life.

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