- Full-size, rear-wheel drive sedan
- V-6 and V-8 engines; eight-speed automatic transmission
- Lots of standard features, including leather upholstery and automatic climate control
The 2014 Hyundai Genesis is Hyundai’s shot at a luxury sedan without the luxury price tag.
The rear-wheel drive Genesis is squarely aimed at larger luxury sedans like the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, offering a long list of standard features and enough performance to pass muster. For 2014, the Genesis gets a few tweaks; 18-inch alloy wheels are now standard, and the optional BlueLink system now comes with three years of Hyundai Assurance (think GM’s OnStar services). There is also a new, more efficient electric power steering system which replaces the hydraulic setup found in last year’s model.
Even though the Genesis has been around for a few years now, it’s still hard to peg it as a Hyundai. The Genesis doesn’t have the same unique “fluidic sculpture” styling like most of Hyundai’s other offerings, instead opting for a look that is more staid and composed. Hyundai surmises that this more traditional approach will play better with luxury buyers than the Sonata’s swoopiness. Up front is a large chrome grille with horizontal bars, flanked by large headlight clusters with standard LED accents.
Under the hood, there are two engine options for the 2014 Genesis, divided by trim level. The 3.8 trim gets a 333-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 with direct injection that makes 291 pounds-feet of torque. 5.0 R-Spec models go bigger, with a 429-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 376 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines are mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy figures are predictably better with the V-6, 18/27 mpg city/highway versus 15/23 mpg for the V-8.
Inside, driver and passengers are treated to a well-appointed cabin fully stocked with standard features, including Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Wood accents line the doors and center console, while standard leather upholstery gives the seats and touch points around the cabin an upscale, plush feel. The front bucket seats are powered and heated for convenience and comfort. A navigation system and a pair of premium stereo systems are also available.
Standard safety features include six airbags, active front head restraints, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system. There are also several advanced safety options as well, such as adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and a lane departure warning sytem.