January 31, 2014

A-List Rides: 2014 Hyundai Equus

Hyundai Equus

Honesty moment: Prior to my test drive of the 2014 Hyundai Equus I had never heard of this vehicle. I was shocked to learn that it was launched in 2011 and I was just experiencing it.

More shocking is why the Hyundai Equus isn’t a car everyone who wants affordable luxury doesn’t own. From the moment that it was dropped off in my drive way I was impressed. Even from its outer body you can tell this car is one swanky ride.

During the time I tested the Equus, I was scheduled to attend a book signing by “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks. The Georgia-based attorney was in Washington, DC signing copies of her book “Secrets of the Southern Belle” at Busboys & Poets. Well, I ended up taking Phaedra and her husband Apollo Nida to the book signing and they were immediately impressed by the Equus.

Nida, a car aficionado, began looking through the vehicle literature and pointing out aspects of the vehicle even I hadn’t had time to explore. It was smooth, comfortable ride for the reality TV couple and their style Shun Melson as I drove them across town in the rain to the restaurant.

The 2014 model of the Equus has been upgraded I learned, with various aspects of the vehicle tweaked from the previous models. The front bumper and grille are new, as well as the addition of LED fog lights. The Equus also has a new rear bumper and a new set of 19-inch aluminum wheels.

On the inside of the vehicle, there’s a redesigned dashboard, an updated center stack, and steering wheel with sleeker detailing.

The Equus’s standard 5.0-liter Tau V-8 delivers a powerful 429 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. It features an eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. Fuel economy for the 2014 model is 15 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway — but I felt like I got my bang for my buck.

This car glided and was quiet, really magical to drive. It offered everything you needed inside other than a kitchen and a bathroom.

Listen, if a Southern Belle like Phaedra could fall in love with the Hyundai Equus—so could you!

Spin Control: The Equus offers two trim levels—Signature and Ultimate, which is what I drove. At an economical $66,000 (for my model), this car is affordable luxury at its finest. I’m shocked this vehicle isn’t a household name.

Industry Status: A+

VIDEO: Take an inside look into the 2014 Hyundai Equus.

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