2015 Hyundai Equus

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(4.5) 4 reviews
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Key Specs

of the 2015 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

  • Ride comfort
  • V-8 power
  • Backseat room
  • Luxury value
  • Dashboard design, materials

The Bad

  • Gas mileage
  • Some accelerator lag
  • Handling
  • Limited seat travel for taller drivers

Notable Features of the 2015 Hyundai Equus

  • Five-seat full-size luxury sedan
  • 429-hp V-8 engine standard
  • Eight-speed automatic standard
  • Rear-wheel drive

What Is the 2015 Hyundai Equus?

The 2015 Hyundai Equus is a full-size, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan that competes -- either in price or size -- with the BMW 7 Series and 5 Series, Audi A8, Lexus LS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Acura RLX and Volvo S80. The Equus is offered in the base, Signature trim level and the well-equipped Ultimate.

What's New on the 2015 Hyundai Equus?

The 2015 Hyundai Equus has no significant changes.

How Does the 2015 Hyundai Equus Compare to Other Midsize Luxury Sedans?

The main advantage of the 2015 Hyundai Equus is its price. It starts more than $10,000 less than the LS, A8 and 7 Series, and even an upgraded Equus Ultimate costs less than those competitors. While its performance doesn't rival what you can get from the turbo V-8 engines in the A8, S-Class and 7 Series, it comes standard with a 429-horsepower V-8. 

What Features in the 2015 Hyundai Equus Are Most Important?

The Equus comes standard with the 429-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. In addition, an air suspension with adaptive shock absorbers is included.

Significant standard features include power-folding heated side mirrors with approach lighting, dual exhaust tips, adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, LED fog lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power moonroof, a power-adjustable heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated and cooled front seats, push-button start, a leather dashboard with wood trim, Bluetooth connectivity, instrument cluster and dashboard screens, a navigation system, a Lexicon surround-sound CD stereo with iPod connectivity and an MP3 jack, a power rear sunshade, and a 60/40-split heated and power-reclining backseat. Available features include a power trunk lid, power-closing doors, a forward corner-view camera, cooled rear seats, power sunshades for the rear side windows, a rear entertainment system with two screens, lighted vanity mirrors for the backseat, and a head-up display.

As with all new cars, the Equus includes front airbags, an electronic stability system and antilock brakes. Standard safety features include lane departure warning, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, a backup camera, front and rear parking sensors, side curtain airbags, a driver's knee airbag, side-impact airbags for front and rear outboard seats, and active front head restraints.

Should I Buy the 2015 Hyundai Equus?

The 2015 Hyundai Equus is a strong choice if you're looking for a powerful V-8 engine, a comfortable ride, plenty of backseat room and a lower price than other luxury models. However, drawbacks like poor gas mileage, handling in corners, unresponsive acceleration and a cramped front seat for tall drivers are worth taking into account.

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What Drivers Are Saying


Mercedes,BMW,Audi. Yeah right. The Equus is best!

by Tripjam from Atlanta, GA on August 14, 2018

Has everything a luxury car has! Why pay more? On top of that, this car is a rare specimen. Best choice I ever made. Get it now! Read full review


Best Car I've ever owned

by Lance from Bossier City, LA on June 1, 2018

This car is amazing in all aspects, great quality and best performance. The amount of ammenities for the money is astounding. The ease of use is perfect Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2015 Hyundai Equus currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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