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2013 Hyundai Equus

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2013 Hyundai Equus Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

When Lexus first launched the LS 400 sedan, many (including the German manufacturers) scoffed at the idea of a Japanese luxury car. You know what happened. So everyone, including Lexus, should be watching as Korea's Hyundai offers its $60,000 ultra-luxury Equus sedan. The big, lavishly equipped car takes aim at premium sedans costing tens of thousands more. And if it comes up a little short in ultimate handling ability compared to Germany's best (as indeed today's Lexus LS does), the 2013 Hyundai Equus has the style, performance, luxury and amenities to bring its value pitch to the flagship-sedan category. Interestingly, Hyundai decided against launching a new premium brand (a Lexus or Infiniti), so the Equus shares a badge and showroom with Accents and Sonatas.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you feel you've reached a point where you deserve some pampering but don't feel the need to drop six digits of dollars on a luxury sedan, the 2013 Hyundai Equus may be for you. Hyundai's "At Your Service" program includes free maintenance for five years/60,000 miles.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the 2013 Hyundai Equus luxury sedan's price may be right, the label is decidedly not designer. For those who place a premium on brand-name recognition, the Hyundai Equus nametag might not (yet) make the grade with the country-club set.

What's New for 2013

The only change to the Hyundai Equus luxury sedan for 2013 is a new color combination, White Satin exterior with a Saddle interior.

Driving the Equus

Driving Impressions No one who studies these things closely will mistake the driving characteristics of the 2013 Hyundai Equus sedan with those of a BMW 7 Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But most...

buyers probably won't care much about the difference. The Equus cabin is amazingly quiet and its air-suspension ride is tuned to eliminate road imperfections while still returning a secure feel on winding roads. The Equus holds its line very well in corners and is more than capable of managing its substantial weight on twisty roads. There is a trace more float and road isolation than in the German flagships. Steering feel is good and, though not as responsive as a 7 Series, it's a bit better than the Lexus LS, which is probably right about where Hyundai planners want the car to be.

POWER RECLINING REAR SEATS
Who wouldn't love the ability to recline in a car with your feet up and watch a movie while someone else drives? The seat massagers, plus heating and cooling, are nice touches as well.

LEXICON 7.1 DISCRETE LOGIC 7 SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM
While the 2013 Hyundai Equus sedan's 17 speakers might seem like overkill, we applaud the superb sound quality of the system, which completes the luxurious in-cabin experience.

2013 Hyundai Equus Details
Interior

Some cars are made to drive, others to be driven in. With the 2013 Hyundai Equus, it's a toss-up. The Ultimate trim features executive-style rear seating for two, with wide, comfortable heated and cooled seats separated by a center console containing a refrigerator and controls for the flip-up rear-seat entertainment system. The passenger-side rear seat features a power-operated leg support. A rear bench seat comes standard in the Signature trim level, which provides ample accommodation for three adults. In either case, you'll find sufficient headroom and legroom for everyone and an interior laced with rich, warm wood and fine leathers.

Exterior
2013 Hyundai Equus photo

In designing the 2013 Equus luxury sedan, Hyundai took a page from the Lexus script. The Equus has several visual cues from Mercedes-Benz (the grille), BMW (taillights), and Audi (LEDs beneath the headlights). But when all the styling elements are combined, the look actually works. The Equus doesn't look like any other Hyundai, and strikes a pleasing balance between modern character and sedate formality. Highly-styled 19-inch alloy wheels round out the Equus' exterior.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Hyundai Equus Signature sedan, the "base" model in the Equus family, comes with a host of impressive standard features. The most notable include a 5.0-liter V8 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, electronically-controlled air suspension with damping control, a 608-watt Lexicon 7.1 Surround Sound system with 17 speakers, a navigation system, a 12-way power driver's seat with massage system, and heated and cooled front seats. Other touches include a dual automatic temperature control system and 60/40 power-reclining and heated rear seats.

Optional Equipment

There aren't options available for the 2013 Hyundai Equus, just the alternative of the up-level Ultimate model. This adds a goldmine of upgrades, most of which are dedicated to turning the rear seats into a first-class-cabin experience. A 50/50-split cooled and reclining rear seat replaces the bench seat, making the Equus a 4-seater, and the passenger-side rear seat adds leg support and a massage system. Other additions include a rear entertainment center with an 8-inch screen, a rear console refrigerator, a forward-view cornering camera, and a power trunklid.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Hyundai Equus is powered by a sophisticated 5.0-liter V8 engine with variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. It is mated to Hyundai's own in-house 8-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual-shift control. In addition to providing smooth acceleration and enough power to scoot the large sedan to 60 mph in six seconds or less, the potent V8 returns impressive highway mileage numbers on par with both the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes S-Class.

5.0-liter V8
429 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
376 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 mpg

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2013 Hyundai Equus Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 37 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.6/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Very nice compromise for comfort and power

By on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great value for price."

Cons: "Nothing for us."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We like that the car did not have any options. All of the required amenities were standard. For a large vehicle the fuel economy is acceptable. Ride is smooth and the inside is very quiet. I find it a nice cross between the Cadillac Deville for ride comfort and a BMW7 for power. We have owned both. The dealer service is very good."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Best Car for the Money

By on Monday, March 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If you are looking for the best car for the money, do not look any further. There are too many things to write as to why this a great car: the options (refrigerator, massaging seats, warm/cool seats for front and back, control panel in the backseat, calf support, mirrors in the backseat, sun roof, front and back view camera, seat adjusters for all 4 seats, leather and warming steering wheel, etc), the interior (leather and wood everything, no cheap products, great technology - big LCD display), horsepower, etc. My friends all drive Mercedes, Lexus, etc but I think my car is actually better than theirs! And guess what.... they agree it's a better car, but just lacks *brand name* appeal. Ridiculous. My only complaint with this car is that very rarely, the electronics that move my seat back won't work. It has happened twice in a little over a year. They fixed themselves the next day."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Excellent machine

By on Thursday, March 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,387

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast and Powerful"

Cons: "Lay off the gas pedal. Those 400+ horses can guzz"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It took me a while to get used to all the bells and whistles on this fine automobile. It is smooth, quiet, and extremely powerful, in addition to being very very fast. It gets lots of looks on the highway, as well as respect by the valets who park it in the front with all the other high end machines. I love this car!"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best vehicle ever owned.

By on Sunday, March 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great car, great value, a pleasure to drive."

Cons: "Should have power close trunk."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am nothing but very pleased with this great vehicle. I have owned two BMW 750 LI's and would not go back because of our satisfaction with this car. I love to drive on long and short trips. It's a true pleasure to drive. It generates numerous positive comments from people."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

great car and excellent value

By on Thursday, February 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "performance, price, style, quality of build."

Cons: "too much chrome, not enough IN CABIN storage space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I traded a late model BMW 750il on the Equus, and they are quite comparable in performance and quality. The Hyundai in fact has a stronger engine than the BMW (430 hp from a trick V8). The only things I didn't like were the flashy chrome wheels, so sold them back to the dealer and mounted black BBS wheels. On the black car they look great."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned

By on Wednesday, January 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car for the price"

Cons: "None that I know of so far."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Researched high end luxury cars for 6 months before I decided on the Equus. With all the things this car has standard I think it's the best car for the money."

16 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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