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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|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas/Electric V6|
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|4-Door Sedan Signature||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic|