2013 Hyundai Equus


$22,434 - $24,953

2013 Hyundai Equus Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Hyundai Equus was new.


Performance: 7.1

Auto writers say that the 2013 Equus is a fine choice if you’re looking for a quiet, comfort-tuned ride and a powerful V8 engine. However, some reviewers note that if you want a super luxury car with athletic handling and precise steering, the Equus may fall short of your expectations.

  • "Silence. That's one of the first things you notice after taking the wheel of the 2013 Hyundai Equus. At idle, it's about as quiet as a hybrid with the engine shut off. Things aren't much louder once underway, with the engine just a whisper and only a slight tire hum to be heard at freeway speeds." -- Edmunds 
  • "Some cars are made to drive, others to be driven in. With the 2013 Hyundai Equus, it's a toss-up." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The power is commanding, yet the ride is beyond comfortable. Remember, the Equus was originally designed as a limousine meant to transport rear passengers in extreme comfort." -- Cars.com (2012)
  • "Ride and handling may be too soft, not as crisp as might be desired by hard-driving enthusiasts." -- The Washington Post (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Hyundai Equus is powered by a 429-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The EPA reports that the Equus gets 15/23 mpg city/highway, which is slightly worse than V8-powered rivals like the Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S550.

Most reviewers are impressed with the Equus’ smooth, powerful demeanor. They agree that the Equus accelerates effortlessly, though one critic writes that it lacks the low-end power of German flagship sedans.

  • "While rated power from the 5.0-liter V8 meets or beats most of the competition, the Equus still lacks the effortless low-end thrust of the German flagship nobility. It's one of the traits that keeps the Equus from the ranks of elite luxury sedans, but really, few are ever going to think this grand Hyundai is slow." -- Edmunds 
  • "In addition to providing smooth acceleration and enough power to scoot the large sedan to 60 mph in six seconds or less, the potent V8 returns impressive highway mileage numbers on par with both the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes S-Class." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "It takes no effort to accelerate in the Equus at any speed. Your right foot will never stress, even if you want to peel out from stoplights like a crazed teenager." -- Cars.com (2012) 

Handling and Braking

Test drivers write that although the 2013 Equus lacks the agility of cars like the Audi A8 and BMW 7-Series, it still offers composed handling and a comfortable ride. Some note that the Equus drives similarly to the Lexus LS, but others take issue with the Equus’ steering system. They say that the steering lacks any type of feedback, and one reviewer writes that keeping the car straight required him to pay more attention to the steering than normal. 

  • "It doesn't have the speed or reflexes of luxo-sport sedans like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series or Jaguar XJ, but the Equus remains stable and predictable when pushed, much like a Lexus." -- Edmunds 
  • "Steering feel is good and, though not as responsive as a 7 Series, it's a bit better than the Lexus LS, which is probably right about where Hyundai planners want the car to be." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Unfortunately, we're in the U.S. of A., where drivers generally want more feedback from their cars. The Equus has little, and the steering demanded more attention to keep straight than you'd expect in a car like this." -- Cars.com (2012) 
  • "But there is a consistency of feel in the BMW 550i unmatched by the Equus … the Equus feel as if it's floating on air while it's actually rolling over rocks. When you are rolling over rocks in the BMW 550i, you know you are rolling over rocks, which is strangely comforting. You have a good idea of what the car is doing, and the car is confirming your idea. I like that. Most drivers appreciate that, I think." -- The Washington Post (2012)   

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