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.
|2013 Hyundai EquusBrowse Used Listings||2013 Audi A8 LBrowse Used Listings||2013 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2013 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2013 Lexus LS 460Browse Used Listings||2013 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Supercharged Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas V8||Gas/Electric V6|
|Large Cars||Large||Large Cars||Large Car||Midsize cars||Large|
|4-Door Sedan Signature||4-Door Sedan 3.0L||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic|