2012 Hyundai Equus vs. Its Competition

2012 Hyundai Equus
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Hyundai's rapid climb up the social ladder can't be good for Lexus, which did the same thing 20 years ago and now has a direct competitor for its pretty, well-crafted LS sedan.

Like the Equus, the LS is still a little benign compared with uberluxury sedans like the Jaguar XJ, a stunning piece of glitz with much less rear-seat head room than it once had.

The big German sellers are in the same size class, but it's hard to think of someone stepping down from the BMW 7-Series or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class into an Equus if they're at all brand-snobbish--and the same holds true for the Audi A8, which has fab features like Google Earth maps, but a completely forgettable look.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2012 Hyundai Equus sounds like a warning shot--not literally, of course--over the bow of Lexus and Infiniti.
8.8
The 2012 Audi A8 models might still be fighting for the most prestige among flagships, but they're in the top tier from inside, thanks to their impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel.
9.4
The 2012 BMW 7-Series is the Bavarian automaker's flagship model, and it cleverly wraps vast interior space, industry-leading tech, and the expected BMW fleet-footedness.
8.8
Cutting its ties with its illustrious and not so charmed past, the 2012 Jaguar XJ now rocks a swinging style that really suits its dynamic handling.
8.4
The 2012 Lexus LS sedans combine executive-class interior appointments and long-haul comfort with noteworthy tech features; but driving enjoyment is missing.
9.2
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
MSRP From     
$59,000$78,750$71,000$73,700$67,630$91,850
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas V8Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class     
Large CarsLargeLargeLarge CarMidsize carsLarge
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Signature4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door SedanSedan4-Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic