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2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.2

Even with its sharp looks, abundant features, and impressive performance, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe leaves us wanting. Hyundai made a lot of improvements last year, and even more this year, but we still think that the car's suspension and driving feel are areas where Hyundai could really improve the 4-seater. It's especially glaring on a rear-drive car designed to deliver visceral thrills. If you want a high-value, high-style, high-power, high-grip 2-door, definitely check out the Genesis Coupe. If you demand driving feel and related intangibles, check out your local Scion, Subaru or even your Ford dealer.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a high-style and high-content sporty coupe, one that benefits greatly from Hyundai shedding so much of its negative baggage. If you're looking to go quick without breaking the bank, the Genesis Coupe is a nice way to get there.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want good looks and decent performance, but not a Genesis Coupe, take a look at the Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ. And if you seek power at the expense of all else, a Ford Mustang with V8 power is there for the taking.

What's New for 2014

The engine now matches revs on downshifts with the 8-speed automatic transmission, and high-performance synchronizer rings were added to the manual transmission for better shift feel. The Genesis Coupe also gets fog lights, cruise control, and a few other features standard. R-Spec models get better seats.

Driving the Genesis Coupe

Driving Impressions Despite its hot import sports coupe design, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe drives more like a muscle car. Both the turbocharged 4-cylinder and the V6 engines are terrific, but the...

Genesis Coupe lacks the refined man-machine interface and nuanced feedback that separates mere performance cars from true driver's cars. On a racetrack, the Genesis Coupe is a blast, but dial things back to your daily drive routine, and the car's steering, shifter and suspension shortcomings amounted to a language barrier. For our money, the Genesis Coupe is at its best when outfitted with the V6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission – and driven with a smooth, fast, grand touring mindset.

BLUELINK
Find the cheapest nearby gas, dictate and send a text message, get an alert if someone's driving your car somewhere they shouldn't... Hyundai's BlueLink system is full of cool features.

STRIKING STYLING
Can we count sheet metal as a feature? Clearly, one of the Genesis Coupe's strongest selling points is its hot look.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Details
2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe photo Interior

Last year's interior upgrades came just in the nick of time, as the Genesis Coupe was starting to look dated next to the more contemporary designs it shares the showroom floor with. The interior carries over largely unchanged, with only an upgraded navigation interface to separate it from last year's design. That's fine, as last year's comprehensive freshening included a restyled center stack and the addition of electroluminescent gauges. It doesn't go pound-for-pound with stretch competitors like the Infiniti G or BMW 1 Series, but it definitely offers a richer environment than non-lux foes like the Ford Mustang and Scion FR-S.

Exterior
2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe photo

The 2014 Genesis Coupe has styling that would look right at home on a less familiar European exotic brand. Don't believe us? Take a look at the curving sheet metal, and that bold new grille. If you want an affordable, powerful sports coupe that's big, bold and without a hint of retro influence, the Genesis Coupe is it.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe lineup starts a little above $27,000 including destination, a bump of about $2,000 from last year. The Genesis Coupe 2.0T gets a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission, plus Bluetooth. New for 2014 are standard fog lights, cruise control, heated mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a hill-hold feature for manual transmission cars. There are also iPod/USB and auxiliary audio inputs, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and automatic headlights. Every Genesis Coupe is covered by a full complement of active and passive safety features, as well as Hyundai's 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Optional Equipment

The top-of-the-line Genesis Coupe 3.8 Ultimate with an automatic transmission lies right in the $35,500 range when you include destination. In addition to the traditional upgrades – leather seats, moonroof, upgraded audio – upper-tier models offer high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED running lights, proximity-sensing unlock and push-button start, touchscreen navigation, and BlueLink telematics. The racier R-Spec models offer an even stiffer/sportier suspension, a Torsen limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes and 19-inch wheels. The new Ultimate trim throws all the luxury and performance gear into a single, somewhat expensive, package.

Under the Hood

Thanks in part to a new turbocharger, the Genesis Coupe's 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine cranks out an impressive 274 horsepower. If that's not enough, the 3.8-liter V6 now puts out 348 hp. While power is still king, these engines are surprisingly fuel efficient, too, when you consider the power output. Both engines now offer the choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a new 8-speed automatic.

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
274 horsepower (260 w/regular gasoline) @ 6,000 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque (260 w/regular gasoline) @ 2,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (manual), 20/31 mpg (automatic)

3.8-liter V6 engine
348 horsepower (344 w/regular gasoline) @ 6,400 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque (292 w/regular gasoline) @ 5,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (manual), 18/28 mpg (automatic)

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2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 409 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Excellent Automobile!!!

By on Tuesday, February 02, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,700

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Performance, Luxury and Excellent Valve!!"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This Auto is ONE OF THE BEST OUT THERE. It has POWER and LUXURY better than some of the top dogs. Mine is 4yrs no problems, I use a high performance premium oil (100% Synthetic) and keep premium gas in it and she runs Great and FUN TO DRIVE!! Now I will be looking at The G90 5.0 All-WHEEL DRIVE soon."

In love with this car

By on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Looks brand new after a few dusty days of driving!

"Having bought this car in almost-new condition, I am a proud owner and love every single second driving my car. We had a very very small "winter storm" last week and, even though I am perfectly capable of driving rear wheel drive in the ice, I did not trust other "southern" north Carolina drivers. So, literally my ONLY dislike of this vehicle is the fact that it is rear wheel drive and for two days I had to drive my boyfriend's front wheel drive to work. That's my only "complaint". Clearly, this car is amazing. Smooth ride and very responsive control, especially with the shiftronic paddle shifters. Comfortable leather seats that can sit very low and heated seats that warm up quickly. The blue link system is also great to have, including a remote start system and stolen vehicle notifications from your smartphone. Quality leather and dash that are easy to take care of, convenient fold seats that make car seats a breeze, and more trunk space than is expected. My air fresheners also keep well in the car! Brembo brakes and HID headlamps are a must on this vehicle and it will be hard to live without them whenever I get a second vehicle."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Looks brand new after a few dusty days of driving!

Fantastic Sport coupe

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fast, reliable, unique, comfortable, affordable"

Cons: "ESC, some exterior styling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"What many reviewers fail to understand is this is not an inline or boxer 4 cylinder, nor is it a V8. This is a v6 coupe that dominates all other v6 coupes under $30k. I think just because this is a Hyundai, reviewers who don't give this car justice have a hard time finding a category to place this car in because it is that unique. For a sub $34k car, the interior is top notch. Materials feel comfy and of quality any where you look. The leather steering wheel is greatly appreciated, and cloth or leather, the seats will keep you gripped comfortably around tight corners. The arm rests are plush and soft to the touch making them comfortable for longer cruises. Visibility is above average for a sports coupe. The rear view mirror comes standard with dimming now, so that makes a big difference at night with headlights coming at you from behind. The exterior styling is great except for one small catch that many either hate or love, and its those fake heat extractors on the hood. If there was just one thing I could fix it would be that. The genesis coupe's front appearance is bold and unique, but it also seems like most love it or hate it. Now for the fun parts. The heart of car pulls strong. Torque comes on fast and hard being NA. Power seams to diminish a little early around the 6000rpm mark on the 8 speed. Speaking of, don't knock the 8spd on this car. Enthusiasts always judge a man based on the number of pedals in the car, but for a car you maybe want to track once in a while and the rest of the time it is your DD, the auto is quick to respond (especially in sport mode) and the automatic rev matching for downshifts is a nice touch for those who aren't the best at it. For the manual at least, the transmission has been beefed up a bit to make up for its last iteration. The rumble in this car from the exhaust is a nice low tone and doesn't wear on the nerves at high speeds on the free way. On that note, there is quite a bit of cabin noise, but trade offs... Either you want a nice quiet ride, or you want to hear this thing sing when you run it out to the red line. One final flaw that isn't a big deal unless you are trying to drift this thing is the ESC is very intrusive, even when disabled. It will cut power to those wheels like no one's business. In summary, this is one fantastic car and if you are looking to get into an affordable, top-notch sports coupe that returns great MPGs, this needs to be on your list of test drives."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Truly my dream car............

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast. Awesome tech pkg. Ample leg room."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

This baby can mooooooove. 2011 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 V8

"I had been looking for a sleek, sexy, fully loaded luxury car and had thought about purchasing either an Audi or Mercedes. During my search, as I was driving through the parking lot of a shopping center, I saw a man parking one. I immediately noticed the elegance and styling, and had to know what he was driving. After parking my car and walking back to inquire as to what kind of car it was, I was shocked to find it was a Hyundai. Although I like the Hyundai line and previously owned a very reliable Sonata, I never thought of looking at Hyundai for a luxury vehicle. At that point I decided that I wanted a Genesis but I wanted the model/year with the hood and trunk wing ornaments (they are kind of hard to find - most models/years have the wing ornament on the hood and the Hyundai ornament on the back). The wing ornaments as opposed to the Hyundai ornament makes the car mysterious and that much sexier. Many people have stopped me to ask exactly what kind of car it is. Since purchasing the car, I have fallen madly love with it and am so glad I stopped the man to ask just what kind of car it was. I can say that I am very happy I purchased the Genesis as opposed to the Audi 8L or Mercedes models(not to mention upkeep and any repairs will be a lot less expensive). The Genesis handles well and can really get up and go - that's important when I'm traveling on highways or have only minutes to spare. I love the tight handling of the performance package and the way it takes curves. I also love the tech package - it has everything I could want (the only thing I don't have is the lane warning system). In looking for a fully loaded car, things like Navi, rear cameras, bluetooth and heated seats are a must but this model has so much more. I love driving this car so much that often on the weekends, when I am not working, I just fill up the tank and take to the road, going nowhere imparticular. Last weekend, I drove to Philadelphia on only 3/4 of a tank of gas - that was more than 400 miles and when I pulled into my destination I had a little less than a 1/4 tank of gas left. Everyone who's seen my Genesis generally have remarked about the stylishness of the car - not initially believing it is a Hyundai. I have also met other Genesis owners who have stories much link mines. I love, love, love my Genesis 4.6 V8. It truly is my dream car.............."

20 people out of 27 found this review helpful

This baby can mooooooove. 2011 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 V8

Love it

By on Saturday, November 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, price, interior lights, fun to drive"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Me and my toy

"I have the Grand Touring 3.8 V6 and I love this car. Honestly, i never thought I will ever drive a Hyundai, but here I am. The road and this car were made for each other. I have enough power and more to get out of any bad situation and enjoy controlling the road. I dictate the rules. The interior is beautiful and the computer with its navegation system makes it even better. Driving at night the cabin feels like I am in some kind of sophisticated aircraft. The best part is the price I paid for this wonderful toy."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Me and my toy

Second Genesis I have owned and loved!!

By on Saturday, October 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great Power and amazing sound system"

Cons: "Navigation is not easy, Aux is not intuitive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had a 2009 Genesis 4.6 that I just traded in a few weeks ago with 138,000 and bought a 2012 Certified Genesis 4.6 (both were black with cashmere). So far I am very impressed with the new ride. best value of any car on the road when purchased correctly. Love it !!!!"

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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