2013 Hyundai Equus

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Hyundai Equus. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    18 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    429-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Luxury features
  • Rear-seat amenities
  • Relative price
  • Shares Genesis pedigree

The Bad

  • Lacks status of competing luxury cars

Notable Features of the 2013 Hyundai Equus

  • 429-hp V-8
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Available massaging seats
  • Available reclining rear seats, extending ottoman

2013 Hyundai Equus Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Not long ago, Hyundai shot for the moon by expanding its lineup with the rear-wheel-drive Genesis — a car intended to emulate midsize luxury cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class for less money than either sedan. Introduced for 2011, Hyundai now has a sort of super-Genesis in the Equus, an even larger sedan that aims to take on the BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS at a price point one rung lower. Toward that end, the Equus, which can seat up to four or five people depending on the trim level, might be cross-shopped against sedans ranging from a 5 Series and E-Class to an Acura RL or Volvo S80.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
Exterior
The Equus resembles a larger, bejeweled Genesis; it's probable that passers-by will mistake the two. Although the Equus shares its cohort's platform, it measures 7.2 inches longer. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional forward corner-view camera

Interior
By the measurements, the Equus' cabin isn't appreciably larger than the Genesis' — front and rear legroom are up less than half an inch — but both cars meet the EPA's large-car classifications, so few shoppers should be wanting for space.

Nor should they be wanting for features. The dash comes wrapped in French-stitched leather, and it adorns more places — most notably the center console surroundings and steerin...

Vehicle Overview

Not long ago, Hyundai shot for the moon by expanding its lineup with the rear-wheel-drive Genesis — a car intended to emulate midsize luxury cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class for less money than either sedan. Introduced for 2011, Hyundai now has a sort of super-Genesis in the Equus, an even larger sedan that aims to take on the BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS at a price point one rung lower. Toward that end, the Equus, which can seat up to four or five people depending on the trim level, might be cross-shopped against sedans ranging from a 5 Series and E-Class to an Acura RL or Volvo S80.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
Exterior
The Equus resembles a larger, bejeweled Genesis; it's probable that passers-by will mistake the two. Although the Equus shares its cohort's platform, it measures 7.2 inches longer. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional forward corner-view camera

Interior
By the measurements, the Equus' cabin isn't appreciably larger than the Genesis' — front and rear legroom are up less than half an inch — but both cars meet the EPA's large-car classifications, so few shoppers should be wanting for space.

Nor should they be wanting for features. The dash comes wrapped in French-stitched leather, and it adorns more places — most notably the center console surroundings and steering wheel — than in the Genesis. Interior features include:

  • Standard iPod connectivity
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Standard power rear sunshade
  • Standard heated and cooled front seats
  • Optional power-reclining rear seats
  • Optional massaging rear seat with power-extending ottoman

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 429-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 with 376 pounds-feet of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Air suspension with adaptive damping

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system 
  • Side-impact airbags for the front and rear outboard seats
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints 
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Parking sensors and a backup camera

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable car I?ve ever owned and

by Rob Gee from Fla Orlando on September 19, 2018

This car is awesome love it when the Mercedes BMW jaguars look at it and wonder what it is and the the power is strong Read full review

(5.0)

Im 6'4 ..I fit in it Easy

by DC from Birmingham,Al on August 27, 2018

Space,style,powerful motor,dependable motor,great packages.I really like it and I want to purchase one within the next month.More bang for the buck....yes..Really like it alot.thanks...Trying out the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Hyundai Equus currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Hyundai Equus Signature

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Hyundai
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Newer than 5 model years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    5 years/60,000 miles (from remainder of original)

  • Powertrain warranty

    10 years/100,000 miles and 10 years/100,000 miles for hybrid/electric vechicle batteries.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    150-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Equus received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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