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2014 Hyundai Equus

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2014 Hyundai Equus Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3

When Korean automaker Hyundai launched its Genesis near-luxury sedan and sport coupe, many wondered why it didn't also create a new upscale brand as did Japanese rivals Toyota (Lexus), Honda (Acura) and Nissan (Infiniti). Then Hyundai followed with the larger, plusher full-luxury Equus, explaining again that creating a new brand was a long, expensive process that they didn't deem necessary. So this big, lavishly equipped car takes aim at premium sedans costing tens of thousands more. And, if it comes up a bit short of Germany's best in ultimate handling and feel, the 2014 Hyundai Equus has the style, performance, luxury and features to bring its value pitch to the flagship-sedan category, despite sharing its 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 2014 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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 8.1
  • 7.5
  • 6.8
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#10

out of 11

Fuel Economy

#2

out of 11

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.2 out of 10
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2014 Hyundai Equus Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The Hyundai Equus luxury sedan is substantially freshened for 2014 with minor exterior changes, major interior upgrades, and a host of new comfort, convenience and safety features.

Driving the Equus
2014 Hyundai Equus Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions No one will mistake the dynamics of the Hyundai Equus with those of an Audi A8, a BMW 7 Series or a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but most buyers probably won't care....

The cabin is amazingly quiet, and its air-suspension eliminates road imperfections while providing a secure feel through the turns. The Equus holds its line well in corners and is more than capable of managing its substantial weight on twisty roads, but there's more float and isolation than in the German flagships. Steering feel is good in "Normal" mode, higher-effort (but no more feel) in "Sport" mode, and there's substantial steering kickback when cornering over humps and bumps. Other complaints: no 12V outlet for dash-top devices on the instrument panel (only in the console box), and the audio system won't retain your iPod's "Random" setting so needs to be reset each time you turn it on or change sources.
Favorite Features

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?

LEXICON 7.1 DISCRETE LOGIC 7 SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM
While the 2014 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.

2014 Hyundai Equus Details
2014 Hyundai Equus Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The instrument panel, center stack, center console and rear-seat console controls are redesigned with larger, sharper displays and more premium materials. The automatic climate control now has three temperature zones for driver, front passenger and rear-seat passengers, who are also coddled with 60/40 power reclining and heated seats. The Ultimate trim level adds cooled rear seats with power headrests and lumbar, power side window sunshades, rear illuminated vanity mirrors and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual monitors in the front-seat headrests. There is also a new Ivory leather interior choice that looks sharp but may be tough to keep clean.

Exterior
2014 Hyundai Equus photo

In designing the 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 it strikes a pleasing balance between modern character and sedate formality. Updates for 2014 include revised front fascia and grille designs, new side mirrors and taillights graphics, standard LED fog lights, new polished-silver 19-inch turbine-blade wheels, and a new Night Shadow Brown color.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Hyundai Equus Signature sedan comes with a long list of standard features, some of the most notable being a 3-mode (Normal, Sport, Snow) electronically-controlled air suspension, adaptive front HID lighting with auto leveling, front and rear parking assist with a rear-view camera, premium leather seating, 17-speaker Lexicon 7.1 Surround Sound audio, premium navigation, heated and cooled front seats with 12-way power driver and 10-way power passenger seat, lane-departure warning, a power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof, nine airbags, and electronic stability control with pre-collision warning New for 2014 are blind-spot detection, smart cruise control with stop/start capability and rear cross-traffic alert.

Optional Equipment

There are no available options on the Equus, just the uplevel Ultimate model. This adds a goldmine of upgrades including a head-up display that incorporates blind-spot detection warnings, a forward-view cornering camera, a power decklid, an advanced 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster display screen, steering-wheel haptic control for the center cluster, cooled rear seats, a 360-degree birds-eye-view camera system, power door closure, and a host of rear-cabin comfort features.

Under the Hood
2014 Hyundai Equus Engine photo

The 2014 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, this potent V8 returns class-competitive EPA fuel economy. While it delivers more power and torque than the Lexus LS 460's V8, it's about a mile-per-gallon less fuel efficient than both that and the Mercedes-Benz S550's much more torquey V8.

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

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Hyundai Equus Signature starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $61,920, a boost of $1,750 over the 2013 model due to added standard equipment. Stepping up to the Ultimate Equus bumps the price to $68,920. Both numbers are well under any of the Equus sedan's competitors in the flagship-sedan category, which include the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. If you're looking to get the best deal on your Equus, be sure to check out KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price before going to the local Hyundai dealership. As for resale value, the 2014 Hyundai Equus fares well against its competition, with projected values on par with its European rivals.

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2014 Hyundai Equus Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 23 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Best Bang for the Buck

By on Sunday, March 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200

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
10/10

Pros: "Lexicon stereo, quality, acceleration, comfort"

Cons: "gas mileage"

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

"I bought the 2014 Equus Signature, black with tan interior, just a great car. I shopped the Mercedes S550, BMW 750 and the Lexus 460 before making my decision on this purchase. Realistically there is no comparison, this car rocks the competition. The interior of the Equus is awesome, the seats are exceptionally comfortable, the controls are nicely positioned and the stereo is tremendous. The interior amenities are as they should be in a car of this class. The fit and finish is comparable to the cars costing $40K more. The performance is similar to both the S550 and the BMW 750 in acceleration, the ride is more closely related to the S550. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a car such as the S550, BMW 750 or LS460 to test drive the Equus. You will be impressed."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

excellent and beautiful

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 950

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great driver best looker super comfortable"

Cons: "better customer care from dealer needed"

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

"handsomest of the luxury cars.quiet, fast, comfortable tracks hands off on level roads!S550 has edge in quality feel but those chrome vents and other trim are overdone!also lowest price for Merc is 104,000 plus Equus has better power train and bumper to bumper warranty! Much better Value than all overpriced luxury cars Only fault, Hyundai should set aside Equus and Genesis models for more customer distinction and TLC as Toyota did with Lexus!"

Best Bang for the Buck

By on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 400

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
10/10

Pros: "Interior quality, Performance, Stereo, Price"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

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

"I bought the 2014 Equus Signature, black with tan interior, just a great car. I shopped the Mercedes S550, BMW 750 and the Lexus 460 before making my decision on this purchase. Realistically there is no comparison, this car rocks the competition. The interior of the Equus is awesome, the seats are exceptionally comfortable, the controls are nicely positioned and the stereo is tremendous. The interior amenities are as they should be in a car of this class. The fit and finish is comparable to the cars costing $40K more. The performance is similar to both the S550 and the BMW 750 in acceleration, the ride is more closely related to the S550. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a car such as the S550, BMW 750 or LS460 to test drive the Equus. You will be impressed."

Superb vehicle compared to the competition in this

By on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value, much improved interior and exterior"

Cons: "Only con (if at all) is Hyundai's emblem"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Unreal people still throw money to the wind for Audi’s, BMW’s, and Mercedes! I have owned all 3 in my lifetime, A 3 and 5 series BMW. The fishes are just as good, if not better inside the 2014 equus. The Mercedes is better, but at six figures! Same with Audi owned a A8 and yes, the fishes are better, but $50k better, NOT! Truthfully, I just can’t understand how some critics can just write off the equus, but hey…that’s their loss! Only feature that would be nice would be AWD, but I understand the next generation will have this option in 3 years or so. Otherwise, get a good set of studded winter tires and let her rip!!!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Have owned 30 cars in my life and this is the best

By on Friday, October 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 490

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very nice electric hydraulic steering. Great value"

Cons: "MPG getting 20-24 at present"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Looked at all the new cars for 2014, BMW, Audi, MB etc. The 2014 Equus gave me all the options, with out the confusing extras penny and dime pricing of the big name brands. Looked at the interior refinements and the the clean touches to the exterior that the 2014 Equus had over the 13."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great Car for the money

By on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great Price, Amazing Sound System,"

Cons: "No AWD option, No Deisel engine option"

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

"First of all my budget to purchase a new luxury car was $70,000 or less. So when I compared what I could get for the price I looked at the Equus Ultimate, Audi A6, BMW 5 series etc. I drove the Equus first and was really impressed. I thought that I would have similar impressions from the other luxury brands but there was no comparison. The Equus won out in all areas. I figured out the issue. I wanted a car that compared to the Audi A8, Lexus LS etc. but didn't have the budget to even consider those models. To top it off I actually liked the Equus more than the Lexus LS after test driving both cars. Also, I like having a car that wasn't very common. I get looks all the time from other luxury car owners trying to figure out what my car is:) I would definitely recommend this vehicle if you are looking for value and don't care if your car has a luxury label on it."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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