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MSRP: $26,350 - $34,600
Invoice: $25,028 - $32,441
MPG: 17 City / 27 Hwy
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Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe ranks 8 out of 10 Affordable Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, as well as reliability and safety data.

Reviewers are satisfied with the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe’s powerful engine lineup, but many still think its rivals offer a more engaging driving experience.

The 2014 Genesis Coupe comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and reviewers agree that it feels quite powerful. Though many critics think this engine provides enough power for most buyers, the Genesis Coupe is also available with a V6 engine that reviewers agree is quite potent. The Genesis Coupe comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a six-speed manual is available. According to the EPA, the base 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe gets 17/27 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission, while the V6 model gets 16/25. Both estimates are low for the class. Critics say the Genesis Coupe’s ride is firm, but smooth. Some reviewers write that the Genesis Coupe has composed handling, while others note that rivals like the Scion FR-S are more nimble. Several test drivers say the Genesis Coupe’s steering system is communicative, but others think it’s numb.

Reviewers say the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has an attractive interior design and easy-to-use interior controls. They think that, on the whole, its interior materials are adequate for the class, though many complain that the Genesis Coupe has too many hard plastic trim pieces. As with most sporty coupes, critics say that the four-seat 2014 Genesis Coupe has very supportive front seats, but doesn’t have enough head- or legroom for adults in the back. However, reviewers write that the Genesis Coupe’s trunk provides a useful amount of storage for an affordable sports car. Standard features in the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe include proximity key, push-button start, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB/iPod port, satellite radio and a six-speaker audio system. Available features include leather seats, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat, a sunroof, a 10-speaker Infinity audio system and a navigation system with a 7-inch touch screen.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "But is it enough? One new entry for this model year is the 2014 BMW 2 Series. It isn't a direct alternative, but the base four-cylinder 228i costs about as much as the top-of-the-line Genesis Coupe 3.8 Ultimate and is a more refined and prestigious car. You've also got the 2014 Scion FR-S and related Subaru BRZ, which lack the Hyundai's power but compensate with superior handling precision. Or, there are always the V8 performance coupes from Detroit, which offer superior acceleration." -- Edmunds
  • "But can the Genesis Coupe still cut it with so many capable rivals on the market, many of which are newer designs? We think so, and we suspect you'll agree after a test drive. Never content to rest on its laurels, Hyundai's top coupe continues to impress." -- AutoTrader
  • "Can Hyundai convince large numbers of traditional rear-drive-coupe buyers to abandon the equity of decades-old nameplates like Mustang and Z for a brash Korean upstart? That the 2013 Genesis coupe offers more power and is undeniably improved will certainly help, but the car is going to need several more record sales years and perhaps another generation of refinement to catch the pony at the front of the pack." -- Car and Driver (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

If you want a sports car that critics agree has stellar handling, consider the Scion FR-S. You’ll give up some trunk space and power, but reviewers love the FR-S’ cornering ability. They also say the FR-S has comfortable front seats that provide excellent support during hard cornering.

The base Ford Mustang is not only more powerful than the base Genesis Coupe, it also has a lower price. You’ll get comparable passenger space and a larger trunk with the Mustang, though some of the features that are standard in the Genesis Coupe are options in the Mustang.

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Details: 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe seats four and has rear-wheel drive. It is available in six trims: 2.0T, 2.0T R-Spec, 2.0T Premium, 3.8 R-Spec, 3.8 Grand Touring and 3.8 Ultimate. Genesis Coupe 2.0T trims have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while 3.8 trims have a 3.8-liter V6. With either engine, a six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic is available. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe received a substantial refresh for the 2013 model year, but it has not been fully redesigned since its debut in 2010. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 through 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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