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Hyundai Equus Review

The 2015 Hyundai Equus ranks 8 out of 10 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Hyundai Equus, as well as reliability and safety data.

Though the 2015 Hyundai Equus lacks the agility and opulence of better-known luxury rivals, according to reviewers, they say its smooth ride, potent V8 engine and roomy cabin give it credibility as a luxury large car.

A V8 engine that is mated to an eight-speed transmission comes standard in the 2015 Hyundai Equus, and critics say there is plenty of power in all situations. The EPA estimates the 2015 Equus' fuel economy to be 15/23 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class overall but comparable with other V8-powered luxury sedans. Reviewers say the Equus is a serene cruiser and delivers a comfortable ride. However, they note that its handling isn't all that athletic and comment that the steering doesn't offer much road feedback. A few critics also report that the brakes don’t bring the Equus to a stop as quickly as they would like.

The 2015 Hyundai Equus' interior is composed of leather and other high-end materials, according to test drivers, who appreciate the cabin's build. A few remark that the Equus doesn't provide the lavishness that higher-profile luxury marques deliver. Automotive journalists say the front seats are supportive and the reclining rear seats are roomy and exceptionally opulent. Trunk space is typical for the class. Standard features include a 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound stereo system, tri-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. Optional features include a head-up display and a multi-view camera system. The Equus' navigation and infotainment systems are easy to operate, and the standard Lexicon audio system delivers impressive sound, test drivers say.

  • "A spacious interior and comprehensive features list make the 2015 Hyundai Equus a compelling value for consumers who don't want to break the bank on a full-size luxury sedan purchase. Just don't expect much in the way of personality." -- Edmunds
  • "With V8 power, rear-wheel drive and a list of standard features as long as the car itself, the Equus is a real-deal luxury liner. Yet there's no getting around that it's also still a Hyundai, and a $60,000-plus one. That alone will put the Equus out of contention for badge-conscious buyers. But those seeking more than status will find a comfortable executive sedan with another intangible trait: value." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While the big four-door lacks the cachet and truly impressive refinement of its established rivals, it does serve up an extensive amount of standard equipment and a palatial, library-quiet cabin for a relatively low price." -- Left Lane News

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Other Cars to Consider

The Infiniti Q70 has a new long-wheelbase variant for 2015, and reviewers report that this model has an impressive amount of rear-seat legroom. The Q70 earns reviewer praise for its nimble handling and ample power from its optional V8 engine.

According to test drivers, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a luxurious cabin lined with opulent materials, and unlike the Equus, it is available with all-wheel drive. Reviewers say it has ample power with any of its available engines, and the diesel-powered E250 BlueTEC gets great fuel economy for the class.

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Details: 2015 Hyundai Equus

The 2015 Hyundai Equus seats five and has rear-wheel drive. A 5.0-liter V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. There are two trim levels: Signature and Ultimate. Aside from a major refresh for the 2014 model year, the Equus has been largely unchanged since the 2011 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 to 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 4/29/15

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