The Equus is Hyundai's most lavishly equipped vehicle, even in the base Signature edition. If there's a missing feature somewhere, it's lonely.
For $61,920, the standard-issue Equus is anything but that. It includes the usual power features, cruise control, air conditioning. Beyond the basics, it's a full-boat approach, with standard leather upholstery and wood trim; a moonroof; three-zone climate control; adaptive control for the cruise; front and rear parking sensors; a pre-collision warning system; high-intensity discharge headlamps with LED running lights; a rearview camera; heated and cooled front seats; and a heated steering wheel.
On the connectivity front, the Equus' Bluetooth also streams audio, and integrates into its infotainment controller--one of the knob-driven systems that doesn't respond to screen touches and blocks many functions when the car is moving. We long for a more freewheeling time. A navigation system with real-time traffic is standard, as is a glorious 598-watt Lexicon audio system with 17 speakers.
On the $68,920 Equus Ultimate, a finer Lexicon system is standard, along with surround-view cameras; a cooled bin between the rear seats; power-recline rear seats with power headrests; a soft-close system for doors and the trunklid; a twin-screen rear-seat entertainment system; and a 12.3-inch-wide TFT screen that replaces the gauges with beautifully rendered digital replicas.Hyundai understands that Equus owners will have a completely different level of expectations compared to Accent or Elantra shoppers, so it's offering specially tailored showrooms, at-home demos, and personalized valet services, with scheduling available to have the vehicle picked up or dropped off to home or work.