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2015 Hyundai Equus

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/18/2015

New for 2015

The 2015 Hyundai Equus is unchanged.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Hyundai Equus is a full-size luxury sedan sold in two loaded models: Signature or Ultimate. Its sole engine option is a 5.0-liter V-8 producing 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is below the class leaders, at 15/23 mpg city/highway.

Overview

Acceleration in the 2015 Hyundai Equus is good for its size with a "power delivery that is relatively smooth." The eight-speed automatic works well and "rarely felt out of place in daily driving." Handling, however, is not a strong point since the car is tuned for a more comfortable ride that isolates its occupants from road imperfections.

As you'd expect in a full-size sedan like the 2015 Equus, interior space is good for four adults while cargo room is acceptable at 16.7 cubic feet. The 2015 Equus shines when it comes to available standard and optional features, which include massaging seats, head-up display, forward-view Cornering Camera, a 12.3-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster display screen, rear seat entertainment with two 9.2-inch screens, navigation system with a 9.2-inch screen, Lexicon 7.1 sound system with 17-speakers, and a power door closure assist feature. This makes the car a good value proposition with prices starting at $62,450 for the Signature trim and $69,700 for the Ultimate grade (prices include destination). Build quality is also excellent with many high-grade materials used inside the cabin.

The 2015 Hyundai Equus has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Hyundai Equus offers great value in both trim levels, with many tech and convenient features that make it a pleasant car to travel in. In a 2012 First Test, we said that the car's cabin is a pleasant place to be with logically laid out controls and comfortable seating up front and in the rear. However, overall build quality is still not up to par with more expensive entries from Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, with a cabin that isn't that special as a whole.

We noted in a 2014 First Drive review that "there are plenty of soft-touch materials befitting the price tag" and that the Equus is a good daily driver with comfortable seats with "good side bolstering" and multiple adjustments. Additionally, its overly intrusive stability control system makes it less engaging to drive and "feel out of place" in canyon roads due to its low handling limits. As a cruiser, the Equus is a good choice because it "gets up to speed quietly and effortlessly" with its powerful engine and well-tuned eight-speed automatic.

You'll Like

  • Supportive and comfortable seats
  • Smooth ride
  • Easy to use infotainment system

You Won't Like

  • Low handling limits
  • Overly intrusive stability control
  • Build quality still behind luxury brands

Key Competitors

  • Cadillac XTS
  • Lexus LS
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • BMW 7 Series
  • Audi A8

Rating

2 star

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