2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Introduction

Now in its fifth year on the market, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe offers sporty rear-wheel drive and strong power from its four-cylinder and V6 engines. Launched as a 2010 model, the Genesis Coupe benefitted from a refresh for 2013, including a redesigned front end, more powerful engines, an 8-speed automatic transmission and a longer list of standard features.

Changes for the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe are less dramatic, but significant. All models now have standard fog lights, cruise control, heated mirrors, floor mats, and an auto-dimming inside mirror with HomeLink. Engine RPM downshift rev-matching now is standard with the 8-speed automatic transmission. Manual gearboxes gain high-performance carbon-coated synchronizer rings, along with a Hill-start Assist feature. An engine intake sound induction pipe has been added to 2.0L Turbo models for 2014. R-Spec coupes gain enhanced seat bolsters. Hyundai Assurance Connected Care services, for three years, are included in the available Blue Link telematics platform for the 3.8 Grand Touring/Ultimate and 2.0T Premium models. All Genesis coupes with Blue Link have automatic collision notification and SOS emergency assistance, as well as car care features.

The 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that comes standard in the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is rated at 274 horsepower, while V6, which is direct-injected for better efficiency, delivers 348 horsepower. If using Regular-grade fuel rather than Premium, horsepower of the turbo four drops to 260; the V6 to 344. Torque output also dips, especially on the turbo.

The Genesis Coupe comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and a 6-speed manual gearbox remains available.

Fuel economy for the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T is an EPA-estimated 19/27 mpg City/Highway with 6-speed manual, or 17/27 mpg with 8-speed automatic. The V6-powered 2014 Genesis Coupe 3.8 is rated 16/24 mpg City/Highway with 6-speed manual, or 16/25 mpg with 8-speed automatic.

The cabin, revised for 2013, features electroluminescent lighting. The steering column has a telescoping adjustment. Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system is offered on upper trim levels, including voice text messaging, turn-by-turn navigation and monthly vehicle reporting. Hyundai’s Blue Link can be compared to General Motors’ OnStar service.

Genesis Coupe R-Spec and Ultimate models have a track-tuned suspension, with firmer front and rear spring rates (7 and 11 percent, respectively). R-Spec seat bolsters are deeper for 2014, to provide added support. On all models, a walk-in assist function provides rear-seat access from the driver’s side.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe can be shopped against the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger as well as the Mazda MX-5, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.

The Hyundai Genesis four-door sedan is covered in a separate New Car Test Drive review.

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