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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
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 45 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.6/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Drove them all and the Equus won

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "remote start cellphone only and no auto trunk"

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

"Spent 60 days researching luxury cars. Drove a Audi 8, BMW 7, Merc 550, Jaguar XJ and Lexus 460. The Equus is quieter than all but the Merc 550, is as comfortable as any, doesn't have all the features but has nearly all, and drives effortlessly. Paid $ 46990. in May 2015. Audi was 87000, BMW 83200, Lexus 84000, Jaguar 89000 and the Mercedes 550 was 103600. For 40 to 50% less its a fantastic deal. Have owned a Mercedes 500 and MMW 750 and I was real tired of all the glitches and problems. Never will I buy a overpriced German toy again. Highly recommend the Equus, but a test drive of 10 miles or more will make you a believer too!"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

nice ,except for oil comsumption

By on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "V8 429 hp"

Cons: "Oil consumption,Oil consumption"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Biggest problem with this Equius is that it consumes entirely to much oil. Manufacturer states 1 quart every 1000 miles is acceptable. My response is that it does not make sense.If I take a 3000 mile trip, Why should I have to maybe add 3 quarts of oil."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Who'd a thunk it!

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Does everything well, confortable and QUIET!!"

Cons: "no auto trunk closure, no remote start"

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

"Owner of a 2015 Equus Signature for 75 days. Former S-Class Merc and Audi 8 owner....before I bought my Equus drove BMW 7, Audi 8, Jag XJ, Lexus 460 and Merc S-550. At least 2x each. Paid 47990 with all rebates, allowances, etc. All of the other cars were almost twice the price or higher. The reviewers are right about this car: doesn't corner as well and has the Hyundai nameplate but it does almost everything great and is extremely quiet and comfortable. I don't know about the long term but the bumper-to-bumper warranty is 5 year/60000 miles. The electronic glitches on the Audi's and Merc's are, for lack of a better word, INSANE! Can't say enough about the value and in fact its more exclusive than any of the other luxury cars! To sum up, if you are a believer that "perception is reality" buy one of the high priced brands to satisfy your ego, but if you want a great car that does everything well take a drive in a Equus. Remote start has to be programmed thru your cellphone!"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Fantastic car but a few electrical issues

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Silky smooth ride, understated elegance."

Cons: "20 MPG...although expected for a 4,500 pound car"

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

"This car is truly fantastic. I got a screaming deal on a brand new 2015...$46,500. Having a few issues though...car wouldn't start for ten minutes, then did after a door was opened then closed...go figure. Also, when the car is cold it surges and sputters. Despite the issues, I love the car and would buy another because the deals are so great compared to others in its class."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

100% better than the 6 Mercedes I've owned

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

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: "I tell all about the quality, service, performance"

Cons: "Nada, neyet, nothing"

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

"I got my first Hyundai in 2004 after 6 Mercedes, 500SEL, 500SL, 300E, 450SL, 300SD It performed magnificently for 4 years and really liked the customer service. 100% better than Mercedes Benz ($2000 for an oil change was common). So, I got the Genesis which was fantastic, and now an Equus. I get concierge service, they bring a new Equus for me to use while they change the oil, etc. ..no charge for any thing with Equus. So, the user Equus was even better than my 2013, so I'm looking forward to the 2017 Equus to purchase. Hyundai just gets better and better. I think I've only seen 1-2 Equus in the SF bay area for 2 years. Car owners do not know. They sure eyeball my Equus a lot."

5 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great value! But a couple quality issues.

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value, power"

Cons: "Wind noise on driver door. Speedometer calibration"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Hands down this car is a fantastic value: all the luxury you want, powerful engine, plenty of bells and whistles. Two quality problems: 1. Driver door seems to not seal properly. Wind noise is excessive and dealer service manager acknowledges. Still trying to fix. 2. Digital readout of speed (when cruise control is engaged) does not match speedometer dial. Dial reads about 2 or 3 mph higher than digital. Not a true problem but you would expect better precision for this type of car."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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