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July 17, 2013

2014 Hyundai Equus

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Earlier this year, Hyundai officially revealed the 2014 Equus at the New York Auto Show, revealing some revisions for its flagship luxury sedan. Changes for the model year include new 19-inch turbine-inspired wheels, the removal of chrome strips on the front and rear bumpers, revised headlight and taillight graphics, standard LED fog lamps  and the addition of new colors

Inside changes include a completely redone instrumental panel, center console, steering wheel control layout, rear seat center console controls and updated leather and trim selections. The infotainment and cluster display also feature larger screens and there are new dual entertainment systems in the back for rear-seat passengers.

The suspension is also revised, receiving new modes optimized for specific driving conditions, including snow mode, normal mode and sport mode. New bushings smooth things out even further.

The Tau 5.0-liter V8 remains as the car’s powerplant, producing 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Hyundai’s eight-speed transmission sends power to the rear wheels.

Pricing for the Equus starts at $61,920 for the Signature line, while the top-of-the-line Ultimate starts at $68,920 including destination.

During a drive event for the new Equus at Hyundai’s North American Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., we were able to get the full scoop and drive the Korean automaker’s flagship luxury sedan.

The Equus’ overall look is essentially unchanged, except for some minor exterior revisions. It’s a handsome car, if not a bit generic looking. We would’ve liked to see Hyundai take more of a risk in the design department by adding more complex lines to the design (We think its cousin, the Kia Quoris, looks better). Nevertheless, the removal of the chrome strips on the rear and front bumpers help improve aesthetics while the turbine rims look more upscale than the previous 2013’s chrome clad slap-ons.

Stepping inside the car, the interior is plush and feature filled, but we did notice some flaws. The wood trim on the dash looks tacky and some of the buttons look cheap. There are some hard plastics found as well throughout the door panels and dash.

The dash cluster graphics are neat though, and the infotainment system is intuitive and easy to read and use. The Lexicon sound system in the Equus is excellent. Turn the bass up loud enough and you can nearly shatter the windows. In terms of features, the Hyundai has just about has every option you would expect to find in this class, with most of them being standard depending which trim you buy.

The real experience for the Equus is being a passenger. Get into the back seat and you feel like you’re a government diplomat. You’re greeted by seats that recline, move forward and give you ample leg room. Optional dual monitors behind the driver and passenger seat display movies, media and the navigation screen while the rear console can control just about everything in the car from the radio to the seat in front of you.

In terms of the driving experience, the Hyundai’s V8 is the star of the show. With the eight-speed transmission on board, power was plentiful and not once did the Equus feel slow. Customers certainly won’t be racing, but it’s nice to know you have overtaking power at your disposal when needed.

While inside, there was minimal road noise and the Hyundai swallowed up bumps and potholes fairly well. The car took sweeping corners comfortably, and although it is obviously no sports car, it’s not intended to be. The steering feels a little disconnected from the car, which seems a tad bit slow to react.

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