2013 Hyundai Equus vs. Its Competition

2013 Hyundai Equus
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Toyota has spent more than 20 years building up its Lexus brand, with standalone dealerships and products that really take on the German stalwarts, yet in just a short time Hyundai is surprisingly close with the Equus.

The LS is, like the Equus, a little benign in most ways compared to brash, scene-stealing luxury sedans like the Jaguar XJ ad Audi A8 L, and it doesn't come close to threatening the cachet of the Mercedes-Benz S Class, yet 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 2013 Hyundai Equus is plush, powerful, and enough to impress all but the most discerning luxury-car shoppers.
9.4
The 2013 BMW 7-Series is exceptionally fleet-footed for such a spacious, luxurious, and technologically advanced car.
8.8
Swinging style and newfound traction and gas mileage make the 2013 Jaguar XJ a more complete offering than it's ever been.
8.6
The new F Sport turns up the heat just a little bit, but you'll still savor the 2013 Lexus LS more for its interior appointments and luxurious long-distance comfort than for its performance.
9.2
Covering its wide range of performance personalities, all with superb comfort and some of the world's top in-car tech, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class is one model you'll be as happy to be in as to be seen in.
MSRP From     
$59,250$78,500$73,600$73,200$71,990$92,350
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V8Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V8Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class     
Large CarsLargeLarge CarsLarge CarMidsize carsLarge
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Signature4-Door Sedan 3.0L4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan S400 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     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic