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2015 Hyundai Equus Review

The 2015 Hyundai Equus ranks toward the back of the luxury large car class. It has a roomy cabin and a supple ride, but its ownership costs are a bit higher than average.

Pros & Cons

  • Brawny V8 engine
  • Silky smooth ride
  • Cavernous seating space
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Not as luxurious as top rivals





Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Hyundai Equus Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Equus a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Hyundai Equus is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used luxury large car. The Equus has a comfortable ride, a roomy cabin, and muscular engine performance. However, it doesn’t feel as luxurious as its top competitors. If you want a luxury car with more wow factor, consider higher-ranking alternatives like the 2015 Audi A7 or 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS.

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We’ve analyzed 36 Hyundai Equus reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Hyundai Equus?

You can expect to pay between $22,000 and $33,000 for a used 2015 Equus. These figures are based on listings for the 2015 Hyundai Equus on our site. The average list price is $27,700, but the amount you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Hyundai Equus Cost to Own?

The Equus’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $35,700, or about $7,150 per year. That’s higher than average for a luxury large car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Equus?

Hyundai discontinued the Equus after the 2016 model year, so you won’t be able to find any new models for sale. There are a few good alternatives if you’d prefer a new large car in the 2015 Equus’ price range, though. The 2019 Kia Cadenza starts at $33,100 and impresses with a plush ride and a top-notch cabin with many standard features. The 2019 Buick LaCrosse is another comfortable cruiser, and it starts at a lower price of $29,570.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Equus Is Best?

The Equus’ first and only generation spans the 2011 through 2016 model years. It was replaced by the Genesis G90 for 2017. (Genesis is Hyundai’s new-for-2017 luxury brand.) The Equus saw only a few updates over the years, so you may want to consider spending less on an older model, which offers comparable performance. However, we suggest sticking with 2014 to 2016 Equus models, which have a refreshed interior with better infotainment features and cabin materials.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Equus?

J.D. Power gave the 2015 Equus a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Hyundai Equus Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2015 Equus at this time.

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Which Used Hyundai Equus Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Equus sedan is available in two trim levels: Signature and Ultimate. Both share the same powerful V8 engine.

We suggest opting for the Hyundai Equus Signature model because it comes so well-equipped. Its standard features include a navigation system, a 9.2-inch display, a satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, USB ports, keyless entry, push-button start, tri-zone climate control, a sunroof, an air suspension, and 19-inch alloy wheels. The interior also comes decked out with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats.

Those looking for tons of safety tech will be happy with the Equus’ standard rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive pivoting headlights, and parking sensors.

The Ultimate trim adds a larger 12.3-inch screen, multi-view parking cameras, a head-up display, a rear-seat entertainment system with two 9.2-inch screens, ventilated rear seats, and a power trunk lid.

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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?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Equus the top score of Good in all areas tested. The Equus was not evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Every 2015 Equus model comes standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive pivoting headlights, and parking sensors. Available safety features include front- and surround-view parking cameras.

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2015 Hyundai Equus Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Equus or 2015 Lexus LS?

The 2015 Lexus LS operates from the same playbook as the Equus. Each offers a comfortable ride, potent V8 engine performance, a roomy interior, and a slew of standard tech features. You can also find an impressive array of advanced safety equipment in both the Lexus and the Hyundai. Ultimately, neither is as fun-to-drive as its European counterparts, but the LS and the Equus are good options if ride comfort is your top priority. The LS takes the slight edge thanks to its higher reliability rating, however.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Equus or 2015 Kia K900?

The 2015 Kia K900 is mechanically related to the Equus. That means they have a lot in common, including the same powerful V8 engine and cushioned ride. Both large sedans also offer ample interior space and many of the same tech and safety features. The major differences come down to styling. Test drive both cars to see which one you prefer.

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2015 Equus Performance

How Does the 2015 Hyundai Equus Drive?

The Hyundai Equus has a 429-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. This refined powertrain is a great match for the Equus, and the V8 engine hustles this big sedan up to speed with confidence, supplying ample passing power at highway speeds. The transmission delivers smooth and prompt gear changes.

The Equus’ ride is similarly refined. The standard air suspension helps it glides serenely over broken pavement, yielding a quiet and cushioned ride. That said, this isn’t the luxury sedan for driving enthusiasts because it feels a little too isolated from the road. The steering is rather numb, the Equus leans and sways a bit when rounding turns, and its brakes offer merely adequate stopping power.

Does the 2015 Hyundai Equus Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Equus gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. That’s fairly poor fuel economy, even for a luxury large car.

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2015 Equus Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Equus Seat?

The Hyundai Equus is a four-door sedan with seating for five. The front seats are supple and offer excellent support for drivers and passengers on long trips. The rear seats are similarly thronelike and there’s generous head- and legroom, even for tall passengers. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are standard; ventilation is available for the rear seats. The Equus’ cabin has a quality look and feel; many surfaces are accented with rich wood and leather. Still, it doesn’t feel as opulent as alternatives like the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Hyundai Equus?

The Equus has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats to the rear outboard seats.

2015 Hyundai Equus Features

The Equus comes standard with a 9.2-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, a 17-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, USB ports, a satellite radio, and a CD player. Available features include a larger 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a rear seat entertainment system with two 9.2-inch screens, and a head-up display that projects pertinent driving info onto the windshield.

The infotainment system is quite easy to use, especially when outfitted with the larger screen. Like many cars in this class, it’s controlled using a knob and several buttons on the center console.

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2015 Hyundai Equus Dimensions

Hyundai Equus Cargo Space

The Equus has 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s about average for a luxury large car.

2015 Equus Length and Weight

The Equus sedan is 16.9 feet long. It weighs between 4,553 and 4,616 pounds, depending on the trim level.

Where Was the 2015 Hyundai Equus Built?

Hyundai built the 2015 Equus in South Korea.


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