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2014 Hyundai Genesis Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Hyundai Genesis was new.


Performance: 8.0

Reviewers note that the 2014 Hyundai Genesis has a strong base engine and an available V8 model that delivers superb acceleration. Test drivers say that the base Genesis has decent handling overall, but some note that it falls short with an unsettled ride and numb steering.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Overall, 3.8-liter models exhibit a compliant ride, but bumpy roads can induce some undesirable up-and-down motions and shaking through the steering wheel. Compared to other premium-class sedans, the Genesis' largest failing is an overall lack of composure." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The 5.0 R-Spec's V8, on the other hand, makes the car just downright fast, matching the acceleration potential of V8-powered sport sedans that cost thousands more. The trade-off is a firm ride that makes it less poised and controlled, especially over rough pavement, than its premium rivals." -- Edmunds (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 comes with a 333-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine, and the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec has a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 429 horsepower. Both models are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The 2014 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 gets an EPA-estimated 18/27 mpg city/highway, which is less than what six-cylinder luxury large cars like the BMW 535i and the Lexus GS 350 get.

Test drivers write that the base V6 engine is refined and powerful enough for most drivers, and they think the 5.0 R-Spec offers thrilling acceleration. Reviewers write that the eight-speed transmission is responsive and shifts quickly when more power is needed.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 3.8-liter V6 feels quite strong, with rapid acceleration from a stop and plenty of power for confident highway passing and merging. The transmission downshifts quickly for passing." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Engine power also more evenly matches other premium brands, with the Genesis 3.8's V6 delivering smooth and linear acceleration." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The first launch tells you there's more grunt from the Tau V8 than before, and acceleration is emphatic. Even more impressive is the passing power brought to bear when you swing out and punch it." -- AutoWeek (2012 5.0 R-Spec)

Handling and Braking

While some reviewers write that other cars in the segment offer slightly better handling, most agree that the Genesis 3.8 is composed through turns. Still, some critics wish the steering was more responsive. The Genesis 5.0 R-Spec comes with a sport-tuned suspension and larger front brakes, and reviewers write that it has sharper handling than the 3.8.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Though it isn't as solid as other premium sedans, Genesis is still stable at speed and well balanced in turns." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "When called upon, the Genesis can perform evasive maneuvers predictably and with little drama. The steering doesn't provide much feedback, but it's reasonably precise and suits the car's purpose." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The ride is exceptionally quiet, and thanks to some suspension tweaks a couple years back, bumps are dispatched with executive-grade disdain. Moreover, the Genesis is actually surprisingly composed in fast corners; it's just that the steering can't keep up with the chassis." -- AutoTrader (2012)

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