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2013 Hyundai Equus Overview

It might be strange to hear the words “Hyundai” and “luxury” in the same sentence, but the 2013 Hyundai Equus finds nothing amiss with the association.

That’s because the Equus represents Hyundai’s shot at the moon: a full-size luxury sedan to compete directly with the big boys – the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series, and Lexus LS – and do it at a much lower price point.

From the outside, it looks like they’ve succeeded. The 2013 Equus has more than a little Genesis in its outer skin, but is over seven inches longer than its compatriot. The sheetmetal is attractive with bulging fenders and a giant split front grille, which sits atop standard 19-inch alloy wheels. Overall, the big Hyundai does a fine job toeing the line between aggressive and stately. Also standard are xenon HID headlights which feature an adaptive front lighting system that rotates the headlights in the direction the Equus is turning which improves visibility when turning.

The 2013 Equus has a single engine option, but it’s a good one: a 429-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 that produces 376 pounds-feet of torque and drives power through the rear-wheels. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is an electronic air suspension that offers a more comfortable, even ride, no matter the road conditions.

EPA estimated fuel economy figures check in at 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Hyundai offers two trim levels, Signature and Ultimate. The Signature trim treats the Equus more like a standard passenger car, with a 60/40 split folding rear seat and seating for five, while the Ultimate trim splits the rear seat into two power-reclining bucket seats and only seats four. The Equus’ interior certainly looks the part of a high-class luxury sedan – wood trim pieces abound and almost every touchable surface is covered in high-quality leather. Signature models come with powered and heated front seats, while the driver’s seat is also cooled, has a massage system, and an extended lower seat cushion for more comfortable driving. There is also lots of standard technology to be found in the Equus, including HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, push button start, iPod/USB port, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 17-speaker surround sound system. Also standard is the navigation system with an 8-inch screen that tops the center console.

Ultimate models add backseat features, like a fixed rear center console that is refrigerated, leg support and massage functions for the right rear seat, a rear seat DVD entertainment system with 8-inch screen, ventilated/cooled seats, and power adjustable head restraints and recline functions.

The 2013 Equus also doesn’t skimp when it comes to safety. Nine airbags, electronic stability and traction control, smart cruise control, a backup camera, and front and rear parking sensors all come standard. A lane departure warning system warns you when the Equus is drifting out of its lane.

Long on luxury and short on price, the 2013 Hyundai Equus is a worthy flagship for the Korean automaker.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 15 MPG
  • Highway: 23 MPG

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Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

Safety Rating

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

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

18 of 21 (85%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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