2012 Hyundai Equus Consumer Review: Equus - 2012 with a bigger eng

2012 Hyundai Equus - Consumer Review

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Signature Sedan (5.0L V8 8-speed Automatic)

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Equus - 2012 with a bigger engine
By kabirent1 on


2012 Hyundai Equus Signature 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 8A)


Just got my 2012 Equus yesterday.
I was on a waiting list. I am a little skeptical of reviewers who got it weeks ago - how did they get the car when mine was one of the first off the boat from Korea?

Anyways, the car, after 2 days is a lot of fun and seems to be a great value.
It rides a little on the soft side, but with the new, more powerful engine, its acceleration is strong.
Its exceedingly quiet, roomy, comfortable, and has a long list of features. The promised support seems to be very nice - time will tell if that turns out to be truth or hype.

In short, if you are looking for a luxurious ride, don't need to impress anyone , and want to save big $$, this is worth a look.

Best Features

Nav/stereo controls are easy and intuitive. Great power. Smooth ride. Quiet. Havent tried smart cruise control. Havent triggered the lane departure system.

Worst Features

I wish the car had: Blind spot warning system Following items standard on Ultimate, not available on Signature: Front view cameras Rear side window shades Power trunk closure
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By kabirent1
on 07/01/12 10:08 AM (PDT)

I live in the midwest. The traction with stock tires are terrible in winter/snow. Even Hyundai must know this tire/car combo is not good for winter driving. They sent out a set of tire covers for snow. I haven't used them, but it seems like a hassle to put them on.

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By wantequus2012
on 02/17/12 20:21 PM (PST)

kabirent1 I test drove the 2012 equus and i loved it. My only concern is that i live in chicago and im worried about some of our tuff winters with rear wheel drive only. Can u give me your thoughts, not sure what city you live in. I have test driven the 2012 lexus gs, 2012 Audi 6, BMW 2012 535 x, cadiillac cts 2012, Equus is by far the best ride so far.

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By kabirent1
on 02/06/12 21:13 PM (PST)

Update after ~ 2 months. No problems to date. Pluses: Super smooth power delivery, quiet, lots of gadgets. Back seat is big enough for 3 adults. Trunk is roomy. Price/Value proposition is hard to beat: Price on par (or cheaper) than E-class, 5-series, A6 and (Lexus) GS, but size/amenities are comparable to S-class, 7-series, A8 and LS. I paid well under list price. Minuses - Steering feel is a little numb. Rear wheel drive + stock tires = poor traction in snow/ice. Tried to find winter tires: tire rack and discount tires sold out for the season!! May need to buy wheels and tires next year. Gas miles is awful - I do mostly city driving, and will be luck to get 16 mpg. Cool features: smart cruise control, lane departure, approach sensor (when walking towards car with key, lock opens without pushing any buttons on the handle or on the fob), stereo is awesome. Still wish it had blind spot monitoring, 4 wheel drive, panoramic sunroof, + goodies on ultimate:Front view cameras Rear side window shades Power trunk closure

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