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2014 Hyundai Equus Review

The 2014 Hyundai Equus has lots of standard safety equipment and a roomy, well-appointed interior. However, its soft handling, subpar cabin materials, and just-average reliability score push it toward the bottom of the luxury large car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Feature-packed interior
  • Generous rear-seat space
  • Strong V8 engine


  • Lacks handling refinement
  • Poor fuel economy for segment
  • Lackluster interior material quality


New for 2014


  • Updated interior and exterior styling
  • Updated center stack and instrument panel displays





Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
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2014 Hyundai Equus Overview

Is the 2014 Hyundai Equus a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Hyundai Equus is a good used car. It has great standard safety features and a powerful V8 engine with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. As a luxury car, however, it doesn’t quite match the luxurious look or feel of its rivals.

Used 2014 Hyundai Equus Performance and Interior

The Equus has a standard 429-horsepower V8 engine mated to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. The V8 doesn’t have the brisk acceleration of some rivals, but it’s more than capable of tackling highway passing and merging. The Equus sedan soaks up road bumps with its electronic air suspension, but this rear-wheel-drive sedan is not known for its athletic handling. It has an EPA rating of 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which is a bit low for the segment.

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The Equus seats five on leather upholstery. Its front seats are heated, cooled, and power-adjustable. Heated, reclining rear seats are standard, and cooled rear seats are available. The front seats are soft, but not especially supportive. The rear seats offer audio and navigation controls as well as ample legroom. The Equus has complete LATCH car-seat connections in the rear outward seats with a middle-seat tether.

The Equus’ long list of standard features includes tri-zone automatic climate control, a 17-speaker Lexicon stereo system, Bluetooth, and HD Radio. A head-up display and a rear-seat entertainment system are available. The simple-to-use navigation and stereo systems are straightforward, with a central control knob for most adjustments.

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Used 2014 Hyundai Equus Prices

The price of a used 2014 Hyundai Equus ranges from about $27,800 for the Signature trim to around $31,200 for the Ultimate trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Hyundai Equus?

The 2014 Hyundai Equus has a J.D. Power reliability rating of three out of five. That’s considered average for the auto industry.

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How Safe Is the Equus?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Equus the highest rating of Good in four crash tests: moderate overlap front, side, roof, and rear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the 2014 Equus. 

There are a number of active safety features that come standard in the Equus: a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking assist, and lane departure warning. A 360-degree camera is available. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Equus?

The 2014 Hyundai Equus is part of the luxury car’s first generation, introduced in the United States during the 2011 model year. The 2013 Equus lacks the exterior and interior styling updates of the 2014 model. As a result, you may want to consider a 2014 Equus.

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Which Used 2014 Hyundai Equus Is Right for Me?

The full-size Equus comes in two trim levels: Signature and Ultimate. The base Hyundai Equus Signature is well equipped with features like auto-levelling headlights, push-button start, navigation with a 9.2-inch screen, a 17-speaker sound system, a 12-way-power driver’s seat, and heated and cooled front seats. The Hyundai Equus Ultimate includes upgraded features like dual 9.2-inch rear seat monitors, a 360-degree camera, a head-up display, cooled rear seats, and a power trunk lid. The Signature trim is so well equipped, you should only consider the Ultimate trim if you ferry VIPs in the rear seat.

The 2014 Equus has an average reliability rating, but you still may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully. 

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2014 Hyundai Equus and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Equus or 2014 Audi A7?

The 2014 Audi A7 is among the best luxury sedans. It has a more luxurious interior in terms of design and materials than the Equus. The Audi also offers sportier handling while delivering a comfortable ride. Add in the A7’s near-perfect reliability score, and it’s by far the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Equus or 2014 Cadillac XTS?

The 2014 Cadillac XTS has a spacious interior like the Equus and very good safety scores. In most other ways, however, the XTS is the better vehicle. Handling is smoother, the cost of ownership is lower, and reliability is better. The Equus has a more potent engine, but the Cadillac’s V6 engines are more than enough for most drivers.

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