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2013 Hyundai Equus Ultimate

2013 Hyundai Equus Review

(0 Stars)  The nicest, priciest, largest Korean car ever.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
Not much, partly because the car got a new engine and transmission for 2012. Shoppers for the 2013 season will find two new paint colors—white satin (paired with saddle upholstery) and gran premio gray (which replaces a hue called granite gray).
Overview
The Hyundai Equus targets the Mercedes-Benz S550 and the Lexus LS460. Hyundai’s luxury boat, launched for 2011, is going after some of the biggest, swankiest, priciest sedans in the land. The rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered Equus is based on the same bones as the Genesis, which is a size smaller and some $15,000 less expensive. All that cash here buys standard features such as navigation, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, electronically controlled air springs, swiveling HID headlamps, a rearview camera, a seventeen-speaker stereo, a massaging driver’s seat, heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery, a sunroof, lane-departure warning, and smart cruise control (phew!). Stepping up to the four-passenger Ultimate brings ventilated, massaging, and reclining rear seats with footrests; a DVD entertainment system; and a fridge for the rear quarters. The Equus doesn’t come close to matching the driving dynamics—or the prestige and styling—of its German rivals, but it’s thousands of dollars cheaper and offers a luxurious driving experience and a better warranty. All-wheel drive is absent, a shame given the Hyundai’s recent injection of horsepower. Subjectively, the Equus doesn’t feel quite up to spec with the usual suspects from Germany, but it compares favorably with the Lexus LS and easily overshadows the hoary Acura RL.

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2013 Equus Ultimate Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.0L Tau V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 15 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 365 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
20.3gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 429 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 376 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm

'13 Hyundai Ultimate Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Rear Sunshade
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Cargo Net
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats
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Leather Seats
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Massaging Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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