2014 Hyundai Equus

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What can I say about this one? I look at what’s before me in the company parking lot and as if on cue, images of tobacco, pipes and cigars fill my head. Those images are quickly diffused by huge dollar signs when I glance at the sticker on the window. $61 grand? For a Hyundai? This better be good!

On the inside I’m surprised by the amount of space that you get. Well, I’d guess you’d better get a lot of it for its sky high price tag. There’s ample head and leg room for those blessed with height and high quality materials are used throughout its entire cabin. You can see and feel its quality craftsmanship. Its interior is literally fit for a king. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t kings nor do we have a single drop of royal blood pumping through or veins. Most of us are more worried about getting to work on time and hauling the brood to soccer practice.

Another scenario we may be all too familiar with is the man who just won’t ask for diretions. Well, in this case, the 2014 Hyundai Equus has got your back ladies. Even if he sticks you in the back seat because he’s tired of hearing your nagging, you can be the backseat driver without even talking. A navigation system has been put in the backseat so you and the kids don’t have to keep asking ”are we there yet?”. This certainly gives a whole new meaning to being a backseat driver. Just be careful as you may end up at Disney World if the kids get a hold of it.

The 2014 Hyundai Equus is a rear-wheel-drive, full-size luxury sedan available in two trim levels- Signature and Ultimate.

The Equus Signature comes standard with 19-inch wheels, an adjustable air suspension, automatic wipers, a windshield wiper de-icer, a power-closing trunk, a sunroof and keyless ignition and entry. Inside you get tri-zone automatic climate control, rear seat climate controls, heated and ventilated
power front seats, driver seat memory functions, heated power-reclining rear seats, leather upholstery, extended leather interior trim, a heated steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. For those sunny days you also get a power rear sunshade.

Electronic features include Hyundai’s BlueLink telematics system; Bluetooth phone connectivity, navigation system with a 9.2-inch monitor with real-time traffic info, 17-speaker Lexicon audio system/surround-sound capability, satellite/HD radio, six-CD/DVD changer, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.  Safety features include LED fog/running lights plus adaptive headlights, power-folding/auto-dimming mirrors, a rearview camera, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert systems.

The Equus Ultimate adds a full LCD instrument panel, a head-up windshield display, forward-facing/surround-view cameras, power-operated rear seat sunshades, power lumbar adjustment in the rear seats, cooling rear seats, rear vanity mirrors and a dual-screen DVD entertainment system. My favorite feature is the head-up display. It keeps you from having to constantly look down or trying to listen to an automatic voice of where you are going.

Under the hood you’ll find a standard Tau 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. This big guy is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in as little as 5.4 seconds.

As stated earlier pricing for the Equus starts at $61,000 for the Signature line. A fully-loaded Ultimate can run you upwards of $69,000.

Overall, this large piece of sheet metal had a lot to offer in the way of space and luxurious features. It also has ample safety features. When compared to the outgoing model, the 2014 Hyundai Equus offers refined exterior styling and interior amenities. It has plenty of get-up-and-go but you may also want to check out its competition. The Cadillac CTS offers a thrilling ride but fall short on space. If you look within its own nameplate, the Hyundai Genesis also has a lot to offer for a lot less.

When deciding whether the 2014 Hyundai Equus is right for you really comes down to if you’re comfortable with the Hyundai emblem on the trunk or not.

 Great luxury features; quiet and comfortable cabin; long warranty

 Pricey for Hyundai

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Stashi is an Editor at Driver Pulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and latest news throughout the automotive industry. From the sight of sleek curves to the sound of a roaring engine, old and new, she has a great love for vehicles of all makes and models. What she finds most exciting is that automakers of iconic muscle cars from the past, such as Ford and Chevrolet, are reproducing them for this generation of gearheads. Her dream car, the 1964 or 1966 Ford Mustang, is the ultimate American pony car and paved the way for her love of growling and rumbling engines of old school muscle cars. She spent her whole life in the Midwest and still finds herself playing the same game she once played with her father when she was a young girl. It’s a game her father liked to call “Name that make and model”. This game has become more challenging as the years pass making it a great way to pass the time on long road trips. She believes that automobiles, old and new, are an art form that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

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