2012 Hyundai Equus  -  $59,900

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $59,900
Base Invoice: $56,034
Destination Charge: $900
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Signature
Doors: 4
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 19 | City: 16 | Hwy: 24
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Signature
Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission w/SHIFTRONIC
Engine: 5.0L DOHC GDI Tau V8 engine


Spacious interior; comfortable ride; strong V8 performance; lavish trims and details; strong safety record; Equus Ultimate offers prestige luxury for tens of thousands less than others in its class

Model News

There's very significant news for Hyundai's flagship large luxury sedan, the Equus. For 2012, the model gets a new powertrain--including a more powerful 5.0L V8 engine and new 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Equus also now comes with a new side-window satin-chrome finish, and the top-luxury Equus Ultimate now includes power rear side-window sunshades.

Value Writeup

The Equus is Hyundai's luxury flagship, aimed directly at top models from other luxury brands--including the Lexus LS and Jaguar XJ--but costing thousands less. The new V8 in the Equus, at 429 horsepower, is Hyundai's most powerful engine ever--and more powerful than the engines in the Lexus LS 460 and Mercedes-Benz S550. And the new 8-speed automatic transmission enhances the Equus' performance while still managing to return an EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway.

There are yet other reasons why the Equus stands out from the luxury pack, and they're not all value-related. According to Hyundai, the Equus has more leg, head, and shoulder room, both in front and in back, than the Lexus LS 460. It's also a standout for safety features, and an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

Model Highlights

The 2012 Hyundai Equus is a large, comfort-oriented rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan, offered in two main models: Equus Signature and Equus Ultimate. Both of these models come with a new 5.0L V8 engine, as well as a long list of luxury and safety features that closely matches what's offered in other top luxury sedans.

The 429-horsepower V8 'Tau' engine in the Equus is new this year; it incorporates high-pressure direct injection, dual continuously variable valve timing and tuned induction for a remarkable combination of power and efficiency. A new 8-speed automatic is mated to the V8 and allows manual control and a very wide span of ratios.

Although the Equus is clearly geared somewhat more toward comfort than performance, its powerful engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, stiff structure and user-selectable suspension allow some latitude for enthusiastic driving. The combination of a 5-link rear suspension geometry and continuous damping control (CDC) help keep the wheels firmly in contact with the road surface, without bringing too much harshness into the cabin and the air suspension system includes a selectable sport setting if you want a stiffer feel for curvy roads. The big 4-wheel disc brakes as well as electro-hydraulic power steering and a reasonably tight turning circle help give the Equus a tidy, manageable feel on the road.

The Equus comes with a total of nine airbags, including roof-mounted side-curtain bags that cover those in front and in back, plus a driver's side knee airbag. It's also loaded with some of the top safety technology, including a lane departure warning system, smart cruise control and parking cameras--some of which might help you avoid an accident altogether.

With soft leather, real wood trim, leather-wrapped, French-stitched seats and even a suede-like Alcantara headliner--plus a very quiet, isolated cabin--the Equus is every bit a luxury car. Front seats are soft and wide yet supportive, and they're heated and cooled, with a massage function for the driver's seat. 'Base' Equus Signature models include nearly all the bells and whistles, including the air suspension, front and rear parking assist, smart cruise control, HID headlamps, adaptive front lighting and a heated wood-and-leather steering wheel. A Lexicon Logic 7 surround-sound system is also included that features 17 speakers, 13 channels and 608 watts of power. The system includes HD Radio, XM satellite radio and full iPod integration.

Equus Ultimate models step up to a rear-seat entertainment system, a power trunklid, a forward-view parking and cornering camera system, plus several more features that might motivate you to --a refrigerator, cooled rear seats, reclining rear seats, power rear headrests, rear-seat massage and adjustable leg support.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification
Large Cars

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
24 MPG

Cruising Range - City
324.80 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
16 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
19 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
487.20 mi

Engine Type
Gas V8


Fuel System
Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
429 @ 6400

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
376 @ 5000

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
8.9 qts

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
109.3 ft³

Front Head Room
38.7 in

Front Leg Room
45.1 in

Front Shoulder Room
59.1 in

Front Hip Room
55.5 in

Second Head Room
38.1 in

Second Leg Room
38.9 in

Second Shoulder Room
58.0 in

Second Hip Room
55.1 in

119.9 in

Length, Overall
203.1 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
74.4 in

Height, Overall
58.7 in

Track Width, Front
63.8 in

Track Width, Rear
64.1 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.1 in

Trunk Volume
16.7 ft³

Base Curb Weight
4449-4555 lbs

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
1.14 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.71 in

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
19 x 8.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
19 x 9.0 in

Spare Wheel Size
18 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Electro-Hydraulic Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
39.6 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.6 x 1.2 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.4 x 0.8 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
20.3 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km


Mfg's Report Date
FEB 29, 2016


Potential Number of Units Affected

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2012 Genesis vehicles manufactured August 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012, and 2011-2013 Equus vehicles manufactured July 10, 2011, to June 12, 2012. The windshield wiper motor cover seal on the affected vehicles may degrade allowing corrosion on the wiper motor's circuit board. The corrosion can cause intermittent or total loss of wiper function.

Inoperative wipers during inclement weather can decrease driver visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper motor cover and seal, free of charge. The recall began on April 22, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 140.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

5.0L DOHC GDI Tau V8 engine

8-speed automatic transmission w/SHIFTRONIC -inc: lock-up torque converter

Rear wheel drive

180-amp alternator

100-amp/hr battery

Electronically controlled air suspension -inc: continuous damping control (CDC), front/rear stabilizer bar

Electro-hydraulic pwr steering (EHPS)

4-wheel ventilated disc brakes

Electronic parking brake w/auto vehicle hold

Dual asymmetrical exhaust tips

19" x 8.0" front & 19" x 9.0" rear 9-spoke chrome alloy wheels

P245/45R19 front & P275/40R19 rear tires

18" alloy wheel w/T155/80R18 temporary spare tire

Pwr tilt & slide glass sunroof

Roof sun shield

Body color bumpers w/chrome insert molding

Chrome window belt moldings

Chrome bodyside moldings

Body color rocker panel sill

Chrome accent grille

Auto on/off HID headlights w/LED turn signal indicators -inc: adaptive front lighting system (AFLS) w/auto-leveling, LED position lamps

Fog lights

Center high mount LED stop lamp

Dual pwr-folding heated auto-dimming side mirrors w/memory -inc: turn signal indicators & approach lamps

Acoustic laminated windshield & front/rear side windows

Solar control tinted glass

Variable speed intermittent/speed sensitive/rain-sensing wipers

Windshield wiper de-icer

Chrome insert door handles

Lexicon 7.1 discrete surround-sound audio system -inc: AM/FM/HD Radio/XM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD/DVD changer, (17) speakers, iPod/USB/MP3 aux input jacks, iPod connection cable, speed sensing volume control

Navigation system -inc: 8" display, driver information system (DIS), multimedia controller

Bluetooth hands-free phone system

Heated/cooled pwr front bucket seats -inc: 12-way pwr driver, 10-way pwr front passenger seat, driver lumbar adjustment, electronic active front head restraints w/pwr controls, driver seat massage system, driver seat memory

60/40 pwr reclining heated rear seats

Premium leather seating surfaces

Front door map pockets w/tilt-out feature

Rear center armrest w/dual cupholders & control console

Illuminated scuff plates

Premium front/rear floor mats

Heated wood-trimmed/leather-wrapped pwr tilt/telescopic steering wheel -inc: memory, audio controls, cruise controls, trip/display vehicle info controls, Bluetooth controls

Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, coolant temp, fuel level, odometer, trip odometer, electroluminescent display

Indicators -inc: PRND, cruise control, turn signal/hazard, high beam, vehicle stability management system, electronic stability control, traction control system, tire pressure monitoring system

Warning lights -inc: oil pressure, battery, door ajar, airbag, seatbelt, low fuel, trunk lid open, brake, check engine, ABS

Warning chimes -inc: key-in-car w/door ajar, seatbelt

Electroluminescent cluster w/3.5" TFT LCD screen

Smart cruise control

Pwr windows w/auto-down/up

Proximity key entry w/push-button start

(2) proximity fobs

Anti-theft engine immobilizer

Remote keyless entry w/anti-theft system

Trip computer -inc: average fuel economy, average speed, range to empty, trip timer, trip distance

Dual auto temp control w/air quality system -inc: rear seat temp controls, rear seat heat ducts

Auto defogging windshield w/humidity sensor

Electronic rear window defroster w/timer

(3) 12V pwr outlets

Leather-wrapped dash

Real wood interior trim

Illuminated interior door handles & armrests

Electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror -inc: HomeLink, compass

(4) assist grips

(2) rear coat hangers

Illuminated driver/front passenger visor vanity mirrors w/visor extension

Lighting -inc: front map lights, rear reading lights, glove compartment light, cargo area light, ashtray light, illuminated push-button start, rear seat footwell light

Microfiber suede headliner

Leather-wrapped shift knob w/woodgrain insert

Premium trunk cargo mat

Luggage net

Energy absorbing steering column

Electronic stability control (ESC) w/traction control (TCS) & brake assist

Vehicle stability management system (VSM) w/pre-collision warning

Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)

Shift interlock system

Front & rear crumple zones

5-MPH bumpers

Hood buckling creases & safety stops

Bodyside reinforcements

Daytime running lights

Advanced dual front airbags

Front passenger airbag on/off switch

Front/rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags

Front/rear roof mounted side-curtain airbags

Driver knee airbag

Front/rear parking assistance system w/rearview camera

Electronic front seatbelt pretensioners & force limiters

Lower anchors & upper tether anchors (LATCH)

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Lane-departure warning system (LDWS)

First-aid kit (PIO)

Rear door child safety locks

Emergency trunk release












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