I knew that the Equus was a bargain compared with the Lexus LS, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the like, but I was still taken aback when I looked at the window sticker and saw that it costs less than $60,000. This is a car that hits many of the “ahh, this is a nice car!” buttons for most Americans. If you’re accustomed to driving a BMW 7-series, you’re probably not going to like this car. But if you’ve been driving a Lexus LS and are now looking for something like it for quite a bit less money, you might want to check out the Equus.
The interior is traditionally but opulently appointed with the requisite leather and wood. The center stack controls are easy to use. The seats are comfortable. The huge rear seats recline, making the Equus quite a nice limousine. Ride motions are creamy. The steering is a bit slow but isn’t bad. I had a hard time achieving smooth take-offs from intersections; even in 38-degree weather on dry roads, I was spinning the rear tires. Which reminds me, the one premium luxury-sedan feature that the Equus doesn’t yet have is optional all-wheel drive.
The other premium-luxury-sedan feature that the Equus does not possess is a premium nameplate. Time will tell if there are enough buyers willing to overlook the Hyundai badge and accept the Equus for what it is: a well-executed, full-size luxury sedan without the premium badge and price.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor