New For 2014Electrically assisted steering replaces the old hydraulic system. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels are now standard on the Genesis 3.8, and a heated steering wheel is now available for R-Spec models.
Vehicle SummaryThe Hyundai Genesis sedan spars with the Buick LaCrosse, the Volkswagen Passat, and other offerings from the world’s quasi-luxury automakers, and it holds its own. The Genesis sedan is the real deal -- a rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan with posh touches and ample high-end features. Hyundai has been updating the Genesis sedan every year since its introduction for the 2009 model year. For 2010, the automaker made navigation standard in 4.6-liter V-8-powered Genesis sedans. For 2011, Hyundai added a 5.0-liter V-8 to the lineup. For 2012, we saw the addition of an eight-speed automatic transmission. Now the 4.6-liter engine has disappeared, and the features list is more polished. If you’re looking for solid, large-car luxury at a cut rate, the Genesis sedan is worth a test drive.
OverviewThe 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan is chasing the German dream. Oh, wouldn’t it be a sight if a Korean car company built something that surpassed Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz in quality, comfort, and prestige? Keep dreaming. The Genesis sedan is like a Chinatown knock-off Michael Kors purse -- it’s close enough to the original to make you look twice, but you should probably just save up for the real thing. Even if the knock-off is enticingly inexpensive.
The Genesis sedan comes with two engines: a 3.8-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8. The smaller engine is neither as proven nor as collected as the small-displacement engines in its proven German competitors, so we suggest the big, grumbling V-8. It is far more responsive and very eager to move the big sedan.
Regardless of powertrain, Snow Belt owners might be put off by the fact that all-wheel drive isn't an option on this land yacht. Fear not, readers with rabbit-fur hats. We drove a V-8-powered Genesis sedan on all-season tires after a rather nasty winter storm, and traction control kicked in and apportioned power so that forward progress was unimpeded. With winter tires, the rear-wheel-drive car would be almost as good as a vehicle with all-wheel drive.
The 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan will have to keep chasing the dream for now, but Hyundai gets closer to realizing it with every update the car receives.
- Underpriced, overdelivers
- Two engine choices, both powerful
- Tasteful interior
You won't like:
- R-spec not very sporty
- Ride quality should be smoother
- Not a big step up to the better Equus
- Buick LaCrosse
- Chrysler 300
- Ford Taurus
- Volkswagen Passat