2014 Hyundai Genesis Expert Review

3.8 Overall Score
Performance 3.6 Comfort 3.6 Styling 4.0 Value 3.2

Editor's Overview

Once considered an entry-level brand, Hyundai has remade itself into a formidable presence in the automotive world, and it has done so building cars like the 2014 Genesis sedan. In the Genesis, Hyundai offers a premium sedan loaded with everything one would expect of an Audi, BMW or Lexus, but without the high price tag.

You'll Like The 2014 Hyundai Genesis If...

If you’re more impressed by content than image, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis has a winning formula. Loaded with features yet costing thousands less than its rivals, the Genesis leaves very little to criticize.

You May Not Like The 2014 Hyundai Genesis If...

If brand image and high resale value guide your car buying decision, it’s hard to argue in favor of a newcomer like the Genesis. From an aesthetic point of view, the Genesis’ exterior isn’t very original, like a mix of Audi, BMW and Mercedes design cues.

What's New

For 2014, Hyundai adds its Assurance Connected Care telematics program to cars equipped with the available Hyundai Blue Link. The system includes collision notification, roadside assistance and Hyundai car care, among numerous other features. Also new are 18-inch wheels on the Genesis 3.8 and a heated steering wheel on the 5.0 R-Spec model.

Interior Features

The interior of the 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan is exceptionally well done. The quality of materials and execution of design are better than in some premium brands. Leather-covered front seats are heated (and, for the driver, cooled), and the rear seat has abundant room for passengers’ legs, hips and heads. The dash design is a simple, elegant layout that is easy to view. Hyundai emulated BMW and Audi with its console-mounted joystick to control the navigation and audio functions, and while the placement is convenient, its operation is not always intuitive. (Hyundai emulated that too.)

Exterior Features

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan is conservatively styled yet thoroughly appealing. And, yes, rather derivative. From the front, the Genesis’ grille and headlights pay tribute to Mercedes-Benz, while the LED daytime running lights are a nod to Audi. Around back, the trunk and taillights echo BMW and Lexus. Chrome trim adorns the grille, trunk, window surrounds, door handles and bumpers. Added all together, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis definitely looks more like several high-end luxury sedans than it does a Hyundai. That may help it break through to the premium-sedan shopper.

Driving Impressions

On first glance, there is very little to distinguish the 2014 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 from its more expensive, performance-oriented 5.0 R-Spec brother. Beyond the wheels, chrome trim and badging, however, there are the engines. While the 3.8’s V6 will satisfy the bulk of Genesis owners, enthusiasts will settle for nothing less than the R-Spec’s 429-horespower V8. Acceleration is blisteringly fast and instantaneous power is on tap for the asking. The R-Spec’s ride is more firm than the V6 car, but its handling is also noticeably more adept, its braking bettering, and its overall character more in line with the autobahn set. In truth, most customers will be more than happy with the Genesis 3.8, which offers good power, a more comfortable ride and much better fuel economy, not to mention a lower price. But, if you’re cross shopping BMW or Audi models, the R-Spec is the one to compare.

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just shade over $36,000 for the 3.8 and stretching to around $48,300 for the fully loaded 5.0 R-Spec. Matched up feature-for-feature against luxury-brand sedans of similar size, the Genesis is an astonishing bargain. Check KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price to see what folks in your area are paying for the Genesis. Resale value is still something of an open question as the Genesis continues to blaze a trail for Hyundai in an image-conscious segment. We expect the 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan to offer fair resale values, bettering some domestic rivals and remaining on par with vehicles like the Volkswagen CC. However, it does not yet retain value the way Lexus, BMW and Audi luxury models do.

Notable Equipment

The “base” 3.8 model of the 2014 Hyundai Genesis 4-door sedan isn’t very base at all, providing a rich assortment of standard features. These include the handy proximity key with alarm and entry system, 18-inch alloy wheels, power windows with front auto-up/down and pinch protection, heated leather seats, wood-grain-accented dash, Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone interface and USB/iPod auxiliary inputs. The wealth of safety items includes electronic stability control (ESC), advanced dual front airbags, front- and rear-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants.

Notable Options

Almost all the upgrades that enhance the top-line 5.0 R-Spec model are available as options on the base 3.8. And many of those are bundled into Premium and Technology Packages, including sunroof, leather-trimmed dash and door panels, power rear sunshade, navigation system, rearview camera, lane-departure warning system and adaptive headlights that swivel into corners. There is also the spectacular Lexicon audio system featuring LOGIC 7 technology. Rolls-Royce is the only other automaker to offer a Lexicon system, and the surround-sound, 11-channel, 17-speaker extravaganza produces more than 500 watts of superb sound.

Favorite Features


If you’re a music lover or audiophile, the Genesis’ Lexicon audio system is a must-have. Powerful yet nuanced, the 7.1 Discrete Audio is simply one of the best factory systems we’ve heard at any price – and we’ve heard a lot of them.

5.0-LITER V8

Considering the Genesis’ 5.0-liter is only Hyundai’s second attempt at building a V8 engine, the company has produced a real masterpiece. Quiet, smooth, powerful and efficient, this V8 proves you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get world-class engineering.

Under the Hood

We have nothing but good things to say about both engines available in the 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan. For most drivers the 333-horsepower direct-fuel-injection 3.8-liter V6 will be more than adequate. But for those who must have the most, the 5.0-liter V8 pumps out 429 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Due to its high 11.5:1 compression ratio, the 5.0 recommends premium fuel, though happily, the highway fuel-economy penalty is not extreme. An 8-speed automatic transmission built in-house by Hyundai is standard with both engines, with the R-Spec’s running more sporting shift calibration and different gear ratios.

3.8-liter V6

333 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm

291 lb-ft of torque @ 5,100 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg

5.0-liter V8

429/421 (Premium/Regular) horsepower @ 6,400 rpm

376/365 (Premium/Regular) lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 mpg

Editors' Notes

That the 2014 Hyundai Genesis has garnered so much attention is no mystery. How the Koreans are able to build a sedan that can nip at the heels of a Mercedes or Lexus for so little money, however, still has some scratching their heads in wonder. Powerful, feature filled and equally comfortable on the highway as it is winding back roads, the Genesis proves you don’t have to pay a lot to get a lot. Although Hyundai likes to pit the Genesis against such names as the Audi A6 and Lexus GS, it is priced more in line with the Volkswagen CC and Chrysler 300. However, although the Genesis offers a choice between a frugal V6 and potent V8, it doesn’t offer an all-wheel-drive platform or a diesel engine – features increasingly popular among the big luxury players.

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The genesis 2014 is a car that mirrors a luxury car without the high price tag.

Only had a problem with the transmission but the dealership replaced it for free. No major problems since then. The car rides very smooth. I love that it is a keyless push to start. Long rides are very comfortable in this car. I love the sleek design of it to. Gas mileage is great. At some gas stations the pump clicks repeatedly like it is full when it is not that can be very annoying. Other than that I really love this car.

- Ana D

Hyundai Genesis 2014 faulty!!

My car's gas pedal takes a while to kick in. It's almost as it starts to stall. This car is not very reliable. The back camera has a tendency to go off randomly and the car has stopped randomly multiple times. I believe that this happens often with this brand. The seats are comfortable. The navigation system needs to be updated. The car is a solid 3.5/5.

- Alex B

A warranty Hyundai offers is unique. Maintenance is key to maintaining your car.

Excellent car for the price and a true value. We've had little to no issues with our model. We also purchased the extended warranty, although the Hyundai offers an excellent warranty. My car is reliable and we continue the maintenance per car recommendations. Our car has leather seats, heated too. If I were to get another car, it would be a Hyundai.

- Mary C

The single man's dream car.

The car is easy to get around in and can fit into parking spots easily. The vehicle is great for people with no kids. The gas mileage is not good and it is very small. If those 2 things do not bother you then you would love the car. I have never had any serious issues with the car itself like the engineer etc.

- Bailey J

Genesis is a sleek and fast vehicle.

My genesis is very comfortable and sleek, I have had problems with the ignition and ac but a very cool vehicle. The color is blue grey and drives fast. The genesis is a very reliable vehicle. I plan to keep it as long as I can. My seats are leather and I have black interior.

- Kathy M

Comfy Sporty Spec5: I think I enjoy the horsepower the most on my Genesis.

I really enjoy driving my Hyundai Genesis it gets up and goes. This vehicle has been the best vehicle I have purchased and would recommend this vehicle to others. I enjoy the luxury sedan because it has many features that make this vehicle fun and comfy to survive.

- Tracy F

2014 genesis stylish and luxury.

2014 Hyundai Elantra has heated leather seats, back up camera, sunroof, cruise control, radio controls on the steering wheel, handsfree calling, Bluetooth and USB capabilities, and GPS. I haven't had any mechanical issues. I love it. And it is very stylish!

- Maria A

I really like the exterior.

It is a basic model. Not very fancy on the inside. There are not many features to discuss. No major problems so far. Due to it being rear wheel drive it is not very reliable in snow, or even rain. It is your typical sports car in the comfort department.

- Kelsey B

This car handles great and is so much car for the price.

This is best vehicle I have ever owned. It drives beautifully, has amazing acceleration, and is the most luxurious car I have ever owned. Has a lot of upgrades that I will have a hard time living without when I purchase my next vehicle.

- Sandy L

Looks good—fun to drive

I love just about everything about it. It's stylish, sporty, has tight suspension, and is fun to drive. The negatives are that it is rear-wheel drive and is not very good in the snow and the gas mileage is not good.

- Denise H

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