Hyundai, known for its economy cars, hits the luxury class with the Equus. This large sedan ticks off all the right check boxes for the segment, then adds a few more. It has a 5-liter V-8 powering the rear wheels and a well-appointed interior.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
1
of 20

Hyundai gives the Equus a special badge to call out the model. This winged logo appears on the hood and on the shifter.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
2
of 20

The front seats are big and comfy, power-adjustable with integrated heating and cooling.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
3
of 20

The rear seats offer plenty of legroom, and in Ultimate trim the Equus comes standard with rear-seat entertainment.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
4
of 20

The trunk offers loads of room in which to stretch out.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
5
of 20

As Hyundai packages all the electronics and features into its trim level, there are no options to choose.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
6
of 20

A smart ergonomic feature, learned from Mercedes-Benz, is these seat control buttons mounted on the doors, making them very easy to reach. You can also see the glossy wood trim backing them up.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
7
of 20

The Equus relies on a hybrid electric-hydraulic power steering system. Instead of powering the hydraulic pump from an engine belt, which saps engine power, the system uses an electric motor to keep up hydraulic pressure. This system is smarter and more flexible than an old-style hydraulic boost system.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
8
of 20

Hyundai does an excellent job with its gauge graphics on this LCD instrument cluster. Using an LCD also lets Hyundai program a variety of informative graphics into the cluster.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
9
of 20

The Equus comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which includes a manual shift mode.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
10
of 20

One of the coolest features of the Equus is this head-up display, which shows vehicle speed, cruise control, route guidance, and blind-spot monitor alerts.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/CNET
11
of 20

The Equus includes a surround-view camera, a useful aid when parking. In addition, there is a front camera monitor, increasing safety when pulling out of garages and blind intersections.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
12
of 20

The rearview camera shows overlays for vehicle trajectory and distance.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
13
of 20

The home screen on the center LCD shows navigation, phone, audio sources, and Hyundai's BlueLink telematics service.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
14
of 20

The navigation system uses maps stored on a hard drive, but does not show perspective-view maps. Route guidance shows turn graphics and includes lane guidance.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/CNET
15
of 20

For freeway junctions, route guidance includes these big, colorful graphics, making it easy to figure out where to go at a glance.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/CNET
16
of 20

The Bluetooth phone system offers a full set of features, such as contact list integration, voice command, and voice mail access.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
17
of 20

With an iPod or USB drive plugged in, or when selecting music from the onboard hard drive, this library screen makes it easy to find music.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
18
of 20

The Equus includes HD Radio, and displays this nicely designed virtual analog tuner.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
19
of 20

The audio quality from the 17-speaker Lexicon sound system is very satisfying.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
20
of 20
Up Next

Six generations of the Ford Mustang (pictures)