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Over the years, Hyundai has built a catalog of automotive choices that stretches across almost all price ranges. If you want to pay less than $15,000 for a brand new car, you can get an Accent; conversely, if you have $60,000 to spend on a luxury sedan, but you don't want the standard fare, Hyundai saves the day with the 2013 Equus.
Since introducing the Equus to the American market in 2009, Hyundai has tormented luxury brands like Lexus and Infiniti with comparable equipment at a starting price of just $59,250.
The big Korean's 5-liter V8 pumps out a beefy 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, all sent to the rear wheels by a new eight-speed transmission. The Equus can reach 60 mph from a rest in just under six seconds. The handling is good, if a little sluggish, and the Equus' antilock brakes are no match for the high standard that luxury competitors offer, but it's hard to be too disappointed at this price .
The Equus comes in two trims: the Signature and the Ultimate, which starts at $66,250. The interiors of both are almost at the level of Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The truth is, it feels cheaper because it is cheaper and that's nothing to be ashamed of. Standard features include: ultra-premium leather seats (heated and cooled in the Ultimate); a 12-way power driver seat with a massage system; HD Radio technology paired to a fantastic 17-speaker Lexicon sound system; a one-touch sunroof; and suede headliner. The Ultimate has rear seat configured for only two passengers.
Starting at $59,250, the Equus in standard Signature trim still has many features for which many competitors charge an extra $20,000 or $30,000. Features include: leather seats, heated in front; a heated leather and wood steering wheel; and a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system. The Signature has a three-person rear bench with a 60/40 split and a power-reclining feature.
The Equus' Ultimate trim is for the buyer who wants to go all out. On top of the Signature's standard features, it has front seats with cooling and heating functions. The rear seat features a center console with storage and a refrigerator; power-reclining seats have power headrests and wing controls.
Sets the big luxury sedan standard with many more options for many more dollars
It costs more, but has available all-wheel drive, not offered on the Equus
Not too far off in price, but much more refined
Best back seat in it's class, may be the real bargain of the group