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2013 Hyundai Equus Review
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Everyone wants plenty of bang for their buck, especially when it comes to the finer things in life. With the 2013 Hyundai Equus, they may have found what they are looking for. This stylish and fully loaded sedan is enough car for any family or professional looking for class and refinement in an affordable package. Choosing either trim level, the Signature or the Ultimate, is a sure fire way to ensure comfort and style. This sedan is equipped with plenty of power under the hood, though it shouldn’t be expected to perform quite like some of its competitors. Anyone who selects the Equus is in for lots of safety and standard features, as well as durability and dependability. The Hyundai Equus provides a quiet, comfortable ride in its spacious cabin. For the price, there is plenty of look forward to in this model.
New For 2013
There are no changes to the Hyundai Equus for the 2013 model year.
There is something to be said for making an impression, and the appearance of the 2013 Hyundai Equus can certainly do that. This sedan is available in one wheelbase, though it is offered in two trim levels. The front end of the car is distinctive, with a uniquely designed grille and headlights. The nose sits low to the ground, giving the Equus an almost sports car-like appeal. The sedan’s sides and rear end are rounded and rather sloped for a modern look.
The Signature trim level is offered with 19-inch wheels, LED running lights, and front and rear parking sensors. The Ultimate trim level is complete with all of the Signature’s features, along with a forward view cornering camera and enhanced interior features. Both trim levels are right at home for your daily commute or for showing off at the country club.
Interior & Cargo
It seems as if Hyundai took all of the elegance, convenience, and style one would expect in any luxury car and added them all to the 2013 Equus. This sedan is refinement personified in the cabin. It is important to note that the Equus’ materials and construction may be a little less than standard for its class. However, the Equus comes at a more affordable price than its competitors. Aside from the quality of materials, both the Signature and the Ultimate trims have plenty to offer.
The Equus certainly offers enough in terms of passenger space both in the front and rear seats. The Ultimate trim level even offers an extendable footrest. Do be aware that most full sized adults would have some trouble utilizing this feature, however. Additionally, the Equus is equipped with a Lexicon sound system, entertainment systems, and climate control, as well as the various other tidbits one would expect from this caliber of sedan. Overall, the cabin of the 2013 Equus, in either trim level, provides comfort and style.
Hyundai adds plenty of security features to the Equus, including stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, and a pre-collision warning and prep system. This sedan is also equipped with a lane departure warning system and the standard airbags. In addition to the front and rear side airbags, the car also has a driver knee airbag and side curtain airbags.
The NHTSA ranked the Equus as ""good"" in frontal offset, side impact, and roof strength crash tests. However, the car’s braking system can be a concern. It takes the Equus an average of 10 feet longer than the competition to come to a stop from 60 mph.
The 2013 Hyundai Equus is equipped with plenty of power under the hood. This car has a 5.0-liter, V-8 engine capable of 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard along with rear-wheel drive. Fuel economy isn’t necessarily a strong point with this car, but it generally isn’t with this class. The Equus averages 15/23 mpg city/highway for an average of 18 mpg.
One of the first things most test drivers noticed when driving the Equus was the quiet. For a V-8, this motor is almost silent from within the cabin. Easy driving sums up the Equus experience. This car can’t be compared with the high end performance German sedans, but it certainly isn’t slow either.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Hyundai Equus
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- Lexus LS 460