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2016 Hyundai Equus Review

The 2016 Hyundai Equus has roomy back seats and is well-equipped with standard features. However, its less-than-precise handling and relatively high total cost of ownership relegate this luxury large car toward the back of the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Feature-packed interior
  • Generous rear-seat space
  • Strong V8 engine
  • Poor fuel economy for the class
  • Lacks handling refinement and steering precision of rivals




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 10.0 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2016 Hyundai Equus Overview

Is the 2016 Hyundai Equus a Good Used Car?

If you want a luxury large car that’s loaded with high-tech convenience and safety features, the Equus is worth a look. However, this Hyundai is not a good used car overall. Its underwhelming driving dynamics, mediocre interior quality, and poor fuel economy estimates fall short of luxury-class expectations.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 35 Hyundai Equus reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Hyundai Equus?

Based on 31 listings on our site, the price of a used 2016 Equus ranges from $25,000 to $39,000, with an average price of $33,400. Pricing varies depending on the car’s mileage, condition, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Hyundai Equus Cost to Own?

There are a number of costs that arise after purchasing a vehicle. Over five years, the estimated cost of fuel, maintenance, insurance, and repairs for a 2016 Hyundai Equus is just over $38,370. Those estimates are higher than average for the segment. In contrast, the 2016 Audi A7’s five-year estimate is about $31,380, the 2016 Lincoln MKS' is $29,070, and the Cadillac XTS' is just $26,215.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Equus?

The 2016 model year was the final year of production for the Hyundai Equus. It was rebranded in 2017 as the Genesis G90. The 2016 Equus has an average price of $33,400, while the 2018 Genesis G90 starts at more than double that price ($68,350).

All that extra cash will get you a much better vehicle; in fact, the 2018 G90 ranks near the top of the luxury large car class. It offers a few extra amenities, like standard adaptive headlights and an available rear-seat entertainment system. Its wheelbase is also 4.5 inches longer, providing additional interior space. Still, some may not find the 2018 G90’s updates to be worth such a significant price jump – especially since the 2016 Equus has many of the G90’s notable standard and available features.

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If you want a new luxury large car at the 2016 Equus’ price point, prepare for disappointment: there are really no good options. Among luxury midsize vehicles, only the low-ranking 2018 Acura TLX and Lincoln MKZ are in the same price range – and they’re considerably smaller vehicles. There are sportier similarly priced options in the luxury small car class – like the 2018 Audi A4 and BMW 2 Series – but those models are even more compact.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Hyundai Equus?

The 2016 Equus has a reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That’s slightly above average for the automotive market.

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2016 Hyundai Equus Recalls

At the time of writing, there were no reported recalls for the 2016 Hyundai Equus.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Equus Is Best?

The 2016 Equus is the final model of the sedan’s first generation, which launched in 2011. For 2017, the Equus was rebranded as the Genesis G90. (Genesis is Hyundai’s new-for-2017 luxury brand.) Earlier Equus models come with nearly all of the 2016 model’s standard and available features, so you may want to consider them to save some money. Just note: Models from 2013 to 2015 did not score any better against rivals than the 2016 did.

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Which Used Hyundai Equus Model Is Right for Me?

The Equus has two trims: Signature and Ultimate. The Equus Signature comes with an abundance of standard features, including a power sunroof, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, push-button start, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, and a navigation system with a 9.2-inch display screen. With all these features, the base model should satisfy most buyers.

The Equus Ultimate adds a head-up display, a 12.3-inch gauge cluster display, a surround-view camera, a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 9.2-inch displays, cooled rear seats, and a power rear-window shade.

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What Does Hyundai's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Hyundai offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as the remainder of the five-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 173-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and rental car reimbursement may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

Hyundai has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers, according to our analysis. Only Kia, Buick, and Mitsubishi have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Equus?

Like many luxury large cars, the 2016 Hyundai Equus was not crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Hyundai equipped the 2016 Equus with numerous standard safety features, including a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring. A corner-view camera, a surround-view camera, and a head-up display are available.

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2016 Hyundai Equus Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Equus or 2016 Hyundai Genesis?

The Hyundai Genesis is a luxury midsize car, so it isn’t as spacious as the Equus. Still, these Hyundai sedans have a lot in common, including comfortable rides, roomy seats, and hushed, high-quality cabins. In the end, the Genesis is the better value. It has a significantly lower price and comes with many of the Equus' notable standard features, like a touch-screen navigation system and a rearview camera. The Genesis also has available all-wheel drive, while the Equus does not.

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Equus or 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS?

The Mercedes-Benz CLS is the model to choose if you want sporty performance and a top-notch interior. It offers sharp, corner-carving driving dynamics and a comfortable ride. The CLS also has three potent engine options, all of which earn fuel economy estimates that are similar to or better than the Equus’ numbers. Additionally, the CLS has superior cabin materials and a higher reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Equus or 2016 Kia K900?

The Kia K900 is one of the least expensive cars in the class, and like the Equus, it has palatial back seats. It comes with nearly all the same standard features as the Equus, but it adds a couple more: an additional USB port and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Overall, the K900 is the marginally superior sedan.

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2016 Equus Performance

How Does the 2016 Hyundai Equus Drive?

The Equus has a strong, 429-horsepower V8 engine that delivers brisk acceleration and plenty of highway passing power. However, rivals from BMW and Audi have punchier engine power. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is unavailable. 

The Equus’ driving dynamics emphasize comfort over agility, so if you want sporty handling, you should consider models like the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Does the 2016 Hyundai Equus Get Good Gas Mileage?

The rear-wheel-drive Equus earns below-average fuel economy estimates of 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. In comparison, the all-wheel-drive 2016 Audi A7 with more horsepower gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Equus Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Equus Seat?

The Equus has seating for five. The front seats are highly adjustable, so the driver will have little trouble finding an ideal position. The back seats have generous legroom, and they recline for added comfort. Although the interior is well-made with high-quality materials, many rivals’ cabins have a more luxurious feel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Hyundai Equus?

The back seats have two complete sets of LATCH connectors for attaching child safety seats.

2016 Hyundai Equus Features

Standard features include a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, push-button start, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, and a USB port. A rear-seat entertainment system is available. The infotainment system has straightforward menus, and the stereo produces excellent sound quality.

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2016 Hyundai Equus Dimensions

Hyundai Equus Cargo Space

The Equus has one of the smaller trunks in the class, at 16.7 cubic feet. However, the space is well-designed to accommodate bulky items.

2016 Equus Length and Weight

The 2016 Equus is just under 17 feet long and has a base curb weight of 4,553 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Hyundai Equus Built?

The 2016 Hyundai Equus was built in Ulsan, South Korea.


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