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2012 Hyundai Equus Overview

Hyundai continues to improve their reputation with the 2012 Equus full-size luxury sedan. Introduced in 2011, the 2012 model improves upon the previous model with a more powerful V-8 engine and new transmission with two additional gears.

The rear-wheel drive Equus has a 429-horsepower, 5.0-liter, V-8 engine under the hood with an eight-speed automatic transmission, with Shifttronic manual shift mode. Electronic air suspension provides a consistent ride by adjusting vehicle height and pitch to prevailing road conditions.

The Equus fuel economy rating weighs in at 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

The Equus Signature seats five, and the Ultimate seats four passengers. Most luxury features come standard, including premium leather seating, a 12-way power adjustable driver seat with memory, power driver adjustable head restraint, and power seat cushion extension and lumbar support. Both front and rear seats include heated controls, and a choice of 60/40 or 50/50 power reclining rear seats is standard depending on trim level. A driver seat massage system is included, and the Ultimate model includes leg support and massage system for the right rear passenger. The Ultimate features a fixed rear center console with storage and refrigerator. Rear seat passengers can enjoy temperature controls, a power rear sunshade, and optional rear side-window sunshade.

Standard technology features include 17-speaker surround sound audio system, HD and XM Satellite radio, iPod/USB and auxiliary jack inputs, and navigation system with eight-inch display, driver information system and in-dash six-disc DVD changer. An eight-inch LCD screen with DVD player and audio controls is available for rear seat passengers in the Ultimate. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is appointed with wood trim and includes smart cruise, audio and Bluetooth controls that integrate with the standard hands-free phone system.

The Equus can easily be mistaken for a Genesis save the additional 7.2 inches in length. A diagonal line of LED turn-signal indicator lights frames standard high intensity xenon auto-leveling headlights, leading to the horizontal chrome grille. Chrome insert moldings accent the bumpers and door handles. Nineteen-inch chrome alloy wheels with performance tires are included in both models. The standard sunroof includes power tilt and slide with one touch control.

The Equus includes nine airbags – front and side curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag and seat-mounted side airbags for front and rear passengers. Active front head restraints provide additional head protection in rear-end collisions. A forward-view cornering camera increases visibility and displays a wide-angle image on the in-dash navigation screen. Parking sensors and a backup camera provide additional visibility behind the vehicle. The lane departure warning system alerts the driver to vehicle drifts or unintended lane changes. The smart cruise control system monitors the vehicle ahead and adjusts speeds to maintain a consistent following distance. The antilock braking system includes electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and electronic stability and traction control provide additional on-road safety.

The 2012 Hyundai Equus offers more standard features than pricier competitors, and provides excellent space and comfort for front and rear passengers alike. Although the Hyundai nameplate may not catch the eye of customers looking for a typical name-brand luxury car, the Equuis has much to offer customers in the market for a premium luxury vehicle.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 15 MPG
  • Highway: 23 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Good
  • Rear Safety: Good

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

5 of 7 (71%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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