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2014 Hyundai Genesis

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/9/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

After a number of changes for 2013, Hyundai has kept the Genesis sedan largely the same for 2014, with the 3.8 adding 18-inch wheels as standard equipment.

Vehicle Overview

The Genesis is Hyundai's large, rear-drive, luxury sedan that fits above the front-drive Azera and below the full-size Equus in Hyundai's lineup. The Genesis Coupe is a separate model -- a non-luxury, rear-drive sports car that competes with the non-V-8 Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.


For 2014, buyers of a Hyundai Genesis get an eight-speed automatic paired to either a 333-hp 3.8-liter V-6 that makes 291 lb-ft of torque or an optional 5.0-liter V-8 on the R-Spec, which makes 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates are 18/27 mpg city/highway for the V-6 and 15/23 mpg for the V-8. The real difference between the discontinued 4.6-liter V-8 from years prior, and indeed the base V-6, and the 5.0-liter R-Spec is the suspension tuning. When we first drove a 2011 Genesis R-Spec, we said, "Its stiffer ride will have you thinking 'sports car,' not 'luxury sedan.'"

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis received a five-star rollover rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing it received four ratings of good (the highest possible rating is good). The Genesis has not been extensively crash tested by the NHTSA.

What We Think

In a First Test of a 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, we said: "The finished product surprised us on the real-world blacktop. The R-Spec was composed in and out of corners and wore its 4,199 pounds well. Compared to the 4.6, excessive body lean is nearly cured in the 5.0, which pushes when spurred aggressively (thank its burliness and 54/46 front/rear weight distribution). Although weighty and more communicative, the steering still lacks the directness of some of its German rivals." Another editor noted: "The R-Spec does very well at actual freeway speeds. Going with the 75 mph traffic flow, the 5.0-liter engine is quiet and subdued. Punch the accelerator to overtake slower moving traffic and by the time the transmission downshifts from eighth into fourth gear, the speedometer needle is sweeping into well above posted limits. The R-Spec lacks the high-speed handling feel that its name indicates, but not once was it difficult to keep the car on its intended course." We can't think of too many reasons NOT to get the R-Spec.

You'll Like

  • 429-hp 5.0-liter V-8 in the R-Spec
  • R-Spec handling
  • Eight-speed automatic

You Won't Like

  • Infotainment can be finicky
  • Steering wheel and shift knob leather are cheap feeling
  • Exhaust note is too subdued

Key Competitors

  • Chrysler 300
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Lincoln MKS
  • Lexus GS
  • Audi A6


3 star


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