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2014 Hyundai Equus Styling

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Minus the glitz of some boastful luxury sedans, and the glamour of the truly ultra-premium offerings, the Hyundai Equus is content to look smart and subdued.

It's absorbed the lessons of those other brands in big gulps. The Equus drapes some familiar themes over its large-car body--the wide grille could come from Mercedes, the rear quarter panels have stampings like those on a Cadillac or Buick, and the headlamps have more than a passing resemblance to those on the Lexus LS. It's by no means an assertive look like the ones carved out by Jaguar and Cadillac--but sometimes drama is just drama.

The Equus assembles lots of luxury looks in a cohesive shape, but it doesn't stand out.
The Equus' cabin has been reworked this year, with a few more distinctive touches. The finishes have been removed of their last vaguely dated cues, and the grades of wood and leather have never been finer. We slowly became accustomed to the rotating-wheel controls on the new steering wheel, too. As before, there's some delicately applied subtext--like the winged metallic trim that surrounds the dash vents, and the big LCD screen that glows with higher-resolution graphics.

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