Refreshed for 2014, the Hyundai Equus is a full-size luxury car, equipped with RWD, powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission and continuous damping control enables the Equus to achieve an EPA estimated 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. Features include HID headlights, LED turn signals, heated mirrors, rearview camera, ultra-premium leather seats, 12-way power seats, driver seat massage system, heated/cooled seats, rear console refrigerator, 17-speaker sound system, navigation system, hands-free phone capabilities, steering-wheel mounted controls, power rear sunshade, and push-button start. Safety is comprised of vehicle stability management, electronic stability control (ESC), traction control system, anti-lock braking (ABS), lane departure warning, and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The Equus is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2014, the Hyundai Equus luxury sedan features several updates. Outside, the car has new 19-inch turbine-blade polished wheels, along with a revised front fascia and grille, new side mirrors and standard LED fog lamps. Meanwhile, the interior has a redesigned instrument panel, center stack and center console, new ivory leather upholstery and premium wood trim. In Ultimate models, rear outboard seating now features power lumbar support. Mechanically, the Equus sports a revised suspension tuned for both enhanced ride comfort and handling, with a Sport mode benefitting from firmer damper tuning and a new Snow mode for winter driving. An automatic power door closure assist is new on Ultimate models. Finally, new technologies include a larger, 7-inch LCD center display on Signature models and a 12.3-inch center display on Ultimate models, with driver menus accessible through steering wheel haptic controls. Dual 9.2-inch high-resolution displays for rear seat entertainment replace the previous single display. Standard intelligent cruise control now includes a full stop/start function for use in stop-and-go traffic.
Spacious interior; comfortable ride; strong V8 performance; lavish trims and details; strong safety record; Equus Ultimate offers prestige luxury for tens of thousands less than others in its class
The Equus is Hyundai's luxury flagship, aimed directly at top models from other luxury brands -- including the Lexus LS and Jaguar XJ -- but costing thousands less. The V8 in the Equus, at 429 horsepower, is Hyundai's most powerful engine ever -- and more powerful than the engines in the Lexus LS 460 and Mercedes-Benz S550. The 8-speed automatic transmission enhances the Equus' performance while still managing to return an EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway. There are yet other reasons why the Equus stands out from the luxury pack, and they're not all value-related. According to Hyundai, the Equus has more leg, head, and shoulder room, both in front and in back, than the Lexus LS 460. It's also a standout for safety features, and an IIHS Top Safety Pick.