Hyundai EQUUS
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Overall

With the Lexus LS clearly in its sights, the Equus succeeds at maintaining a luxury front and backs it up with plenty of premium content; a mild interior and exterior makeover has been initiated for 2014.

Drivetrain

A 5.0-liter V8 with eight-speed automatic transmission carries over.

Since its 2011 model-year arrival, the Hyundai Genesis-based Equus has served notice to the rest of the world’s producers of premium models that it means business. Entering through its generously sized rear doors provides a clear indication that those seated behind the chauffeur should be able to really stretch their extremities. The seats are covered in premium leather and come with what Hyundai calls built-in “thermoelectric devices” that provide heating cooling and humidity control to both the seat backs and bottoms. The resplendent trim pieces are done up in genuine wood and brushed aluminum that would do any luxo-cruiser proud. The driver’s chair can be further upgraded with a massaging function, while twin rear bucket seats separated by a multi-functional console are also but an option tick away. The Equus features an electric air suspension that can be adjusted for maximum cushy-ride compliance, or switched to “Sport” mode if a firmer, more controlled ride is preferred. Continuing as the standard powertrain is a 429-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission duo that is optional in the Genesis R-Spec. Standard safety systems include lane-departure warning for inattentive and distracted drivers, safe-distance-monitoring smart cruise control and a grille-mounted forward-view camera that aids in parking. Making the Equus more enticing for 2014 is a revised grille, bumper and taillights, refreshed cabin design including a new dashboard, control panel and steering wheel and a retuned suspension to enhance ride comfort.

Base price (incl. destination): $62,000
Type: Four-door sedan
Base engine (hp): 5.0-liter DOHC V8 (429)
Layout: Front engine, rear-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Eight-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 15/23
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; rear-side impact airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 4,450