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2016 Hyundai Equus Overview

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The Hyundai Equus is a luxury sedan with a potent V8 engine and loaded with features. Value-minded drivers will appreciate this luxury vehicle which isn’t overpriced because of its badge. Since it is a Hyundai, new Equus models also come complete with one of the best warranties available.

2016 Hyundai Equus model overview front exterior

What’s New for the 2016 Hyundai Equus?

The 2016 Hyundai Equus has the addition of a hands-free trunk opener. Other than that, the vehicle remains largely identical to the previous model.

This year, it is available in two trims: a base Signature and an Ultimate trim.

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2016 Hyundai Equus model overview side exterior

2016 Hyundai Equus Exterior

The 2016 Hyundai Equus has sleek exterior lines with a big, horizontal grille. The wide stance and large wheels create a powerful presence. High intensity discharge auto-leveling headlights and front LED fog lights provide illumination in the darkest conditions. The power tilt-and-slide sunroof and soft-close doors on the upper trim level combine comfort into the luxury features.

It doesn’t look like the stereotypical Hyundai, which makes it obvious why this model is going to be retooled for the Genesis brand in the near future.

Exterior available on Signature

  • Power tilt-and-slide sunroof with one-touch open, Automatic rain-sensing wipers, Windshield wiper de-icer, High Intensity Discharge auto-leveling headlights, Rearview Camera, Front LED fog lights

Exterior available on Ultimate

  • Forward-view cornering camera, Power trunk lid, Hands-free smart trunk with auto open, Multi-view camera system

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2016 Hyundai Equus model overview powertrain

2016 Hyundai Equus Performance

Both trims have the same sophisticated 5.0-liter V8 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission utilizing SHIFTRONIC®. The engine uses variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. This full-size luxury sedan can go from 0 to 60 in six seconds or less. The base Signature and Ultimate trim also both have 429 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.

The Equus drives smoothly when cruising down the highway but also takes curves tightly despite its size. While it’s not known as a performance machine, it can certainly hold up against its competitors behind the wheel.

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2016 Hyundai Equus model overview wheel

2016 Hyundai Equus Efficiency

The 5.0-liter V8 engine gets 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, yielding a combined 18 mpg. It’s not the best fuel efficiency rating for this model class, but it’s not bad. The air suspension on both models includes Sport and Normal modes which improve efficiency when driving on different types of roads.

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2016 Hyundai Equus model overview dashboard

2016 Hyundai Equus Interior

The five-passenger interior is crafted with luxurious leather and wood. Rear seats are spacious with generous legroom, and there is a power rear shade. All seats have power lumbar support and climate control options. The 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system is like none other. To many people, it is the best sound system in any car.

Both trims have rearview cameras to help with backing up, but the Ultimate trim takes it much further, providing forward and multi-view camera systems. These cameras give drivers the extra eyesight needed to easily park anywhere.

Interior available on Signature

  • Features: Heated and cooled front seats, Adjustable electronic active front head restraints, Heated rear seats, Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with wood trim, Power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Power rear sunshade, Rear-seat climate controls
  • Radio and Technology: Blue Link ® Telematics system, Bluetooth ® hands-free phone system, Lexicon ® 7.1 Discrete Logic 7 ® Surround Sound Audio System with 17 speakers, Navigation system with 9.2-inch LCD screen, HD Radio Technology, iPod ® /USB and auxiliary input jacks

Interior available on Ultimate

  • Features: Cooled rear seats, Power rear side-window sunshade, Steering-wheel haptic dial control, Rear-seat illuminated vanity mirrors, Rear-seat power head restraints with manual tilt
  • Radio and Technology: Rear-seat entertainment system with dual 9.2-inch monitors, Heads-up Display

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2016 Hyundai Equus model overview rear seats

2016 Hyundai Equus Safety

The 2016 Hyundai Equus comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, front-and rear side curtain airbags, and a front driver knee airbag. A safety alert system offering lane-departures and pre-collision warnings comes standard in both trims. The Blue Link system provides emergency assistance, vehicle access from remote locations, and recovery if stolen.

The 2016 Equus earned a rating of “Good” in its IIHS crash tests. It was also rated a “Good” for whiplash protection during rear impacts.

Standard Safety Features

  • Nine airbags
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Detection system
  • Front and rear crumple zone
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist
  • Traction Control System
  • Electronic Stability Control

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