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2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has below-average reliability and higher predicted ownership costs than most of its rivals. Mundane overall performance and a cramped, low-rent interior banish the Genesis Coupe to the bottom of its class. 

Pros & Cons

  • Potent engine options
  • Below-average reliability
  • Subpar handling
  • Too many hard plastic cabin materials

New for 2014

  • Cruise control became standard
  • Rev-matching feature standard with automatic transmission
  • Hill-start assist standard with manual transmission




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Overview

Is the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe a Good Used Car?

Any way you look at it, the Genesis Coupe really isn’t a good used car, or a good sports car. Even its strengths, like potent engine power, are either matched or surpassed by rivals. The Genesis Coupe is less thrilling to drive than other sports cars, and its mediocre cabin design offers little in the way of room or daily livability.

Used 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Performance and Interior

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is available with one of two engines: a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 274 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque or a direct-injected V6 that's good for 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard in all models, and you have a choice of either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy estimates range from 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway to 16/24 mpg city/highway, depending on the powertrain configuration.

The coupe's standard engine delivers ample power for most driving scenarios, including good low-end torque that gets you moving quickly. Though it’s more powerful, the V6 doesn't offer any true performance advantages. The automatic transmission is the better partner for either engine, as it shifts quickly and always finds the right gear. The manual is less refined, detracting from the coupe’s sporty appeal. Also, the Genesis Coupe’s steering lacks feeling, though the car is easy to maneuver. You have to hit the brakes hard for full stopping power. 

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The Hyundai Genesis Coupe seats four, but like many smaller sports cars, it’s better suited as a two-seater for adults. Taller drivers and passengers might want a little more headroom in the first row. Still, the seats provide good support for spirited driving. Some Genesis Coupe models may have leather seats or heated front seats. There are two complete LATCH child-seat connections in the rear seats.

Standard features include automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a USB port. Available features include a sunroof, an Infinity sound system, navigation, and a touch-screen infotainment system. The Genesis Coupe has an abundance of hard plastics in its cabin, but knobs and controls have a simple and intuitive layout.

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Used 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Prices

Average prices for a used 2014 Genesis Coupe range from around $16,900 for a base model up to about $21,000 for an Ultimate model. Prices can fluctuate with demand and availability, and will depend on the car's mileage, condition, and features. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe?

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has a reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. A score of three is average for all vehicles.

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How Safe Is the Genesis Coupe?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2014 Genesis Coupe five out of five stars in the rollover test, which was the only test conducted. Rear parking sensors are the only driver assistance feature available in the Genesis Coupe.

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Should I Consider Another Used Genesis Coupe?

The 2014 Genesis Coupe is part of the car's first and only generation, which spans the 2010 through 2016 model years. Although a 2012 model costs less, it lacks many desirable features that came later in the generation. For 2013, the Genesis coupe received a mild exterior refresh, a new automatic transmission, and more horsepower. The 2014 model year ushered in new standard features, such as cruise control, a rev-matching feature for the automatic transmission, and hill-start assist for the manual gearbox.

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Which Used Hyundai Genesis Coupe Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is available in five trim levels: base, R-Spec, Premium, Grand Touring, and Ultimate. Powertrain options include a four-cylinder and V6 engine, and a manual gearbox or an automatic transmission. For the best performance, find an R-Spec model. It comes with upgrades like a track-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, and a limited-slip differential. If you want features like leather seats, look for a Grand Touring or Ultimate model. Other modern conveniences you may want to hunt for include navigation and a touch-screen infotainment system.

Because of the Genesis Coupe's low reliability score, you may want some extra assurance in your purchase. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe or 2014 Subaru BRZ?

The 2014 Subaru BRZ shares the same unimpressive reliability rating as the Genesis Coupe, but there’s no contest in most other areas. The BRZ has good safety scores, a lower cost of ownership, and solid performance for the class. Though it has far less engine power than the Genesis Coupe does, the BRZ’s engaging steering, athletic handling, and crisp manual transmission make it a blast to drive. The BRZ has a longer list of standard features – including HD Radio, navigation, and a touch screen – and a more attractive cabin than the Genesis Coupe. 

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe or 2014 Nissan 370Z?

Like the Genesis Coupe, the 2014 Nissan 370Z has a muscular V6 engine, but it comes standard in the Z. Sharp handling and quick-shifting transmissions give the 370Z better overall performance than the Genesis, and there are high-performance NISMO models available for those who are so inclined. On average, the 370Z costs thousands more than the Genesis Coupe, but you’ll get a marginally nicer interior. You’ll also lose two seats, but the Genesis Coupe’s second row is so small you likely won’t miss those seats anyway. Neither of these are great cars, but the 370Z’s slightly higher reliability gives it a little bit of an edge.

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