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2014 Hyundai Genesis Review

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis has a spacious interior, great safety scores, and brisk engine performance. However, it lacks the overall refinement to be a top luxury midsize car.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong V6 and V8 engines
  • Spacious interior
  • Uninspiring handling
  • Poor fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 10.0
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2014 Hyundai Genesis Overview

Is the 2014 Hyundai Genesis a Good Used Car?

The Hyundai Genesis is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used luxury midsize car. The roomy Genesis has above-average reliability, top safety scores, and a much lower price than class rivals. A long certified pre-owned warranty adds good value as well. However, the Genesis is hard to recommend over its competitors, which offer better interior quality, sharper handling, and more convenience features.

The 2014 Genesis sedan has a standard 333-horsepower V6 engine and an available 429-horsepower V8. They’re both paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Genesis V6 models ride comfortably, offer more than enough pep for everyday driving, and return 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The V8 models have excellent acceleration, but fuel economy drops to just 15 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. Their suspensions are firm and deliver a rough, unpleasant ride. Neither car feels particularly sporty due to numb steering.

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The 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan seats five and has standard leather upholstery and heated front seats. Cooled front seats and heated rear seats are available. The Genesis’ front seats are comfortable, even for long drives. The rear seats are roomy, with ample head- and legroom for taller passengers. The cabin is well-insulated from road and wind noise. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors in the second row for securing child safety seats. The trunk holds 15.9 cubic feet of cargo, which is above average for the class. However, the rear seats do not fold down.

The Genesis’ interior quality is good, but class leaders offer higher-end materials and more upscale styling. Some of the Genesis’ dashboard plastics look and feel cheap by comparison. The Genesis offers a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, navigation, and a rearview camera. Additional available features include a 17-speaker sound system, an 8-inch touch screen, and Blue Link telematics. Blue Link provides parental monitoring alerts, remote vehicle locking and unlocking, and emergency assistance functions. The available touch screens and voice recognition systems are fairly user-friendly.

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Used 2014 Hyundai Genesis Prices

Used 2014 Genesis sedans range from about $19,000 for a base model to around $26,000 for an R-Spec version, depending on the car's features, mileage, and condition. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Hyundai Genesis?

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis has above-average reliability, earning a score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. Class leaders for reliability include the 2014 Lexus GS and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

How Safe Is the Genesis?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan a score of Good, the highest rating available, in all four areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the car a perfect five-star rating in rollover crash testing.

The 2014 Genesis has a number of available advanced safety features, including front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights, and adaptive cruise control. However, many competitors in this class offer additional safety features, such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

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Should I Consider Another Used Genesis?

The 2014 Genesis is the final model year of the car’s first generation. You can save money by buying a 2013 Genesis, which is little different. Hyundai redesigned the Genesis for 2015. It offers a comfier ride, richer interior quality, available all-wheel drive, and additional active safety features. You’ll pay more, but it may be worth it.

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Which Used Hyundai Genesis Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Genesis sedan comes in two trim levels: 3.8 and 5.0 R-Spec. The Genesis 3.8 has leather upholstery, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Look for the available Premium package; it adds a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a rearview camera, and a sunroof. Models with the Technology package add a larger 8-inch screen, Blue Link telematics, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a surround sound system, adaptive headlights, lane departure warning, parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control. The Genesis 5.0 R-Spec adds all of these features as standard.

If possible, look for Genesis 3.8 vehicles equipped with the Premium or Technology packages. These models offer a decent array of convenience features without the firm ride of the 5.0 R-Spec sedans.

You may want to shop for a certified pre-owned Genesis. 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 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Genesis or 2014 Hyundai Sonata?

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata is a better used car option than its Genesis sibling. Not only does the Sonata score much higher for reliability, but used models are often thousands of dollars less than the Genesis. Both cars are available with similar convenience features, large trunks, and powerful engines. The Sonata’s fold-down rear seats and much better fuel economy make it more practical, but the Genesis does offer more active safety features and a roomier second row. Even so, the Sonata is the better buy.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Genesis or 2014 Audi A6?

The Genesis holds one key advantage over the 2014 Audi A6: price. You’re apt to find a used Genesis sedan for much less than a used A6. Otherwise, the A6 is the better buy. The Audi tops the Hyundai with impeccable interior quality, comfy yet sporty handling, a superior list of active safety systems, and luxe convenience features like massaging seats. Both sedans score similarly for reliability and crash safety.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Genesis or 2014 Lexus ES?

Again, a used Genesis is apt to be more affordable, but the 2014 Lexus ES is the better buy. The ES impresses with outstanding reliability ratings, great active safety features, superior fuel economy, and a roomier cabin. Neither car has particularly engaging driving dynamics, but the ES offers the more composed ride. One of the few areas where the ES does fall short is its infotainment system, which can be awkward to use. That aside, you’re still better off with the Lexus.

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