2016 Hyundai Genesis vs. 2016 Hyundai Equus



Exceptional is here. The 2016 Hyundai Genesis and Hyundai Equus are luxury vehicles that deliver a new level of sophistication. Commanding and refined, both bring something new to the luxury performance sedan market. To help you choose, we compared the Genesis and the Equus to see what makes them each unique:

Exterior Style

Both of these vehicles are built to impress. The 2016 Genesis flaunts a fluid dynamic design on a high-strength steel platform. Confident and aerodynamic, the Genesis features a large, panoramic sunroof and an athletic stance, with wheels close to the front and rear. Its lighting is sophisticated, with High Intensity Discharge headlights that automatically keep the beams parallel to the road at all times, and standard LED Daytime Running Lights, LED tail lights, and available LED fog lights. The 2016 Equus shows off a distinctive body shape, front grille, and staggered-width 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels. It also comes with High Intensity Discharge headlights, but adds LED turn-signal indicators and beautifully sculpted front LED fog lights. The Equus also offers the auto-leveling headlights, as well as Adaptive Front Lighting System, which turns the lights along with the steering angle to light up the road through curves and intersections.


How roomy are these cars? Well, they're close, but the Equus is the larger, more spacious vehicle. The Genesis has 107.7 cubic feet available for seating and 15.3 cubic feet of cargo volume in the trunk, for a best-in-class total interior volume. The Equus features 109.3 cubic feet of passenger volume and 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which also makes it one of the top vehicles in its class. However, the Genesis actually has slightly more headroom (41.2 inches in the front and 38.2 inches in the back) and 45.7 inches of legroom in the front than the Equus (38.7 inches of headroom in the front and 37.7 inches in the back, and 45.1 inches of front legroom).


When it comes to the drivetrain and how these cars perform, they're jaw-dropping. The Genesis' suspension rigidity and low coefficient of drag provide smoothly superior handling. The Genesis offers a 311-hp V6 engine for driving the rear wheels, or an All-Wheel Drive system married with a robust V6 engine. Intelligent Drive Mode, which monitors and provides optimum road performance, comes standard on every Genesis. The Equus has the raw power of a Gasoline Direct Injection V8 engine that puts out 429 hp. Its supremely well-balanced layout with Rear-Wheel Drive, plus its advanced eight-speed automatic transmission, delivers the kind of performance you'd expect from a high-performance sports car, not a luxury sedan. The Equus features a ride that is comfortable and consistent, thanks to the Electronically-controlled Air Suspension feature. We could go on and on about the brilliant engineering features inside of the Equus.

Fuel Efficiency

When it comes to fuel economy, the Genesis has the advantage. It clocks an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, while the Equus gets 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Both vehicles have the same size fuel tank, 20.3 gallons, so you'll be hitting the gas pump more frequently in the Equus.


Let's start with all the beautiful, high-end features in both of these cars: leather seating, heated front seats, leather steering wheel, dual zone climate control, hands-free smart trunk with auto open, and rain-sensing and speed sensitive windshield wipers. They both are loaded with technology for entertainment and connectivity, including an available 9.2 inch high definition touchscreen, Bluetooth integration, and the Blue Link app for multimedia capabilities. A standard crisp electroluminescent gauge cluster with is the icing on the cake, with a 4.2-inch LCD screen on the Genesis and a seven or 12.3-inch LCD screen on the Equus. The Genesis has a groundbreaking first-ever carbon dioxide sensor, which automatically ventilates the cabin. The Equus offers a four camera Multi-view Camera System for 360 degree visibility around the entire car, including an aerial view.


Both of these vehicles offer state-of-the-art safety features, including airbags, stability and traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and brake assist. The Genesis employs an Automatic Emergency Braking system based on a camera and radar sensor that is capable of applying full force braking from 5 to 50 mph. The Equus comes equipped with an overall Vehicle Stability Management System that keeps all the active and passive safety elements working in sync with each other. Both cars have available Lane Departure Warning to sound an alert if you drift out of your lane, and Smart Cruise Control that keeps you from tailgating by judging the distance and speed of the cars in front of you. This list just scratches the surface of safety features available on the Genesis and Equus.


Pricing for these luxury sedans is quite competitive. The Genesis has a starting MSRP of $38,750 and offers upgrade packages up to $49,650. The Equus's pricing begins at $61,500 for the Signature trim and $68,750 for the Ultimate trim. An important distinction for the Equus is the included Concierge Service, which provides regularly scheduled, complimentary maintenance and service at your home or workplace, saving owners time and money.

Two Phenomenal Choices

You can't miss with either the 2016 Hyundai Genesis or the 2016 Hyundai Equus. If you're in the market for a premium sedan, then you just have to take a look at both of these vehicles. Come on down to Elgin Hyundai, and we'll help you evaluate your needs and options. Contact us today to get started!


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