Recall Alert: 2009-11 Hyundai Genesis, 2011 Equus


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 43,000 model-year 2009-11 Hyundai Genesis vehicles manufactured between April 30, 2008, and Nov. 21, 2010, as well as model-year 2011 Equus sedans manufactured July 31 to Nov. 21, 2010

The Problem: A circuit failure could cause the brake lights to not illuminate, increasing the risk of a rear-end accident. There are no reports of accidents related to this recall.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and repair affected stop lamp switch circuits for free.

What Owners Should Do: Hyundai has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-633-5151 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information. 

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Hyundai Equus Review


Hyundai's premium sedan, the Equus, thus far proves you can lead a luxury buyer to a non-luxury brand, but you can't make them drink the Kool-Aid as it continues to be overwhelmingly outsold by top competitors. Still, the Korean automaker is back in the saddle again for 2014 and out to convince buyers that it can ride with the finest. reviewer Kelsey Mays says in some cases, like a lively powertrain and spacious, luxurious interior, it comes close. But convincing would-be Mercedes-Benz buyers to choose a $70,000 Hyundai remains a horse of a different color.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

What Does This Button Do?


Lights?! Camera?! Action?! No, the camera this button is referring to isn't an invitation to the director's chair, but it's still pretty cool. The Hyundai Equus is equipped with an around-view camera system, activated via a console-area button.

Hyundai's luxury sedan was refreshed for 2014 with updated exterior styling and a revised interior. Several premium convenience features were also added this year. One is a multiview camera system, but this is no ordinary backup camera.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 4, 2013 | Comments (1)

The 2014 Hyundai Equus Needs More Backseat Power


Sitting in the 2014 Hyundai Equus' backseat is nothing short of a spectacular experience. Our tester's price of $68,920 with destination included a folding command center for rear passengers with controls for the heated and cooled seats, reclining rear seats, rear climate and rear audio system plus its own rotary knob for the dual 9.2-inch rear monitors; backseat passengers can even enter a navigation destination from the comfort of the recliners.

For everything the Equus' backseat provides, a simple addition would complete the experience: more power. Not under the hood — 429 horsepower is ample — but more power outlets like USB charge ports or household AC outlets for rear passengers. The omission was noticeable when three adults and I clumsily shared the Equus' single USB port for charging phones during a day of driving.

By Joe Bruzek | December 2, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Hyundai Equus: Car Seat Check


Although Hyundai's 2014 Equus is a large sedan, we were unable to fit three child-safety seats across the backseat — but what a backseat it is! Second-row comfort is one of this sedan's strong points with loads of head- and legroom, premium materials and a number of comfort and convenience features, including dual 9.2-inch video screens.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | November 12, 2013 | Comments (1)

What is Hyundai's Blue Link 'Community Average'?


Like many telematics systems, Hyundai's Blue Link is chock-full of features. One of them, dubbed Eco Coach, is sure to interest efficiency-conscious drivers. It shows recent mileage and uses a point system dubbed Eco Rewards to incentivize efficient driving. Automakers from Ford to Toyota have similar systems (including Ford's dashboard shrubbery), but Blue Link also reports something called a Community Average of mpg.

We noticed it in an Equus sedan and Santa Fe SUV in the press fleet, so we asked Hyundai to explain. Is it some sort of average based on owners of the same Hyundai model? It's plausible, given the automaker could collect mileage data via telematics.

By Kelsey Mays | November 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

What Hyundai-Kia's Latest Strike Means to Car Shoppers


Hyundai-Kia's troubled home-turf labor relations continue. The latest chapter has Korean labor unions voting to strike over wage and benefit disputes with the South Korean automaker. The result could mean a production stoppage in its home country.

Hyundai-Kia, which together rank fifth in global sales, is the sixth on the U.S. sales pole, with year-to-date sales down 0.3%. Still, the automaker builds popular cars like the Hyundai Elantra and Sonata, as well as the Kia Optima and Soul. All four rank in the top 35 best-sellers so far this year — and although the automaker operates two assembly plants in the U.S., all Soul and a significant chunk of Optima, Elantra and Sonata vehicles hail from South Korea. A production stoppage could hamstring dealer supply in a matter of weeks.

By Kelsey Mays | August 15, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Hyundai Equus Video


It wouldn't surprise reviewer Kelsey Mays if you weren't familiar with Hyundai's low-selling flagship luxury sedan, but you might be surprised by the luxuriousness inside the redesigned 2014 Equus, debuting this week at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. Tech features like new climate controls, a 9.2-inch touch-screen and simulated gauges display Hyundai's desire to compete with BMW and Lexus, and the high-end offerings aren't just reserved for the front seat. Backseat passengers have a pair of 9.2-inch screens of their own, as well as abundant space and a host of individualized comfort features.

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While the new Equus' luxury upgrades are obvious, its predecessor's powertrain goes unchanged, and you might find reported exterior alterations downright undetectable. Watch the video below and see if you can tell the difference.

By Matt Schmitz | March 29, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Hyundai Equus: Up Close

Hyundai's foray into the premium luxury market with the Genesis was a bigger success than most people expected. The next experiment was the Equus, which has just received an update for the 2014 model year. Unless you're a hardcore Korean luxury-car fan, however, you'll be hard-pressed to spot the cars' differences from the outside.

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The car's shape was and continues to be conservative, with a long flowing form that mimics rivals Lexus and BMW more than a little bit. New headlights, grille and taillight graphics are quite nice, but don't appear appreciably different.

By Aaron Bragman | March 28, 2013 | Comments (4)

2014 Hyundai Equus at the 2013 New York Auto Show

  • Competes with: Lexus LS, Audi A8, BMW 7 Series
  • Looks like: The current Equus, almost exactly
  • Drivetrain: 5.0-liter V-8 producing 429 hp and 376 lbs.-ft. of torque, eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: To be announced

Hyundai's flagship sedan gets its first big refresh for the North American market this year, with the new 2014 model unveiled at the New York International Auto Show this week. The changes are moderate and are a refinement of the current sedan, which has been an experiment for Hyundai in the premium luxury sedan segment.

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Its exterior styling doesn't look all that different — only the front bumper, grille, lights and mirrors have been revised. Inside, the changes go a little deeper, with a new instrument panel, gauge cluster, center console, steering wheel and wood trim choices. A 9.2-inch touch-screen is standard in the center console and there's another one in the gauge cluster.

By Aaron Bragman | March 27, 2013 | Comments (2)

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