Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Hyundai Equus VS 2012 Acura RL Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Hyundai Equus

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2012 Acura RL

Safety Comparison

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The Equus’ lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The RL doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Equus Ultimate has a standard 360 degree parking monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The RL only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Equus and the RL have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Equus earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Equus’ weight before being crushed five inches. The RL was rated two rankings lower at “Marginal.”

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Equus as a “Top Pick” for 2012, a rating only granted to 137 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The RL was not a “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

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The Equus comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The RL’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Equus 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Acura covers the RL. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the RL ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Equus’ corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the RL’s (7 vs. 5 years).

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the Equus’ engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The RL’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the RL’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The battery on the Equus is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures, which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Equus’ battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The RL’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 11th.

Engine Comparison

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The Equus’ 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 129 more horsepower (429 vs. 300) and 105 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 271) than the RL’s 3.7 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Equus is faster than the Acura RL:

Equus

RL

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102.7 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Equus uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The RL requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Equus has a gallon more fuel capacity than the RL (20.3 vs. 19.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Equus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the RL:

Equus

RL

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

12.2 inches

The Equus stops shorter than the RL:

Equus

RL

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction and acceleration, the Equus has larger rear tires than the RL (275/40R19 vs. 245/45R18).

The Equus’ 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RL’s standard 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equus has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the RL.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The front and rear suspension of the Equus uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the RL, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Equus has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The RL’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equus’ wheelbase is 9.7 inches longer than on the RL (119.9 inches vs. 110.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Equus is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the RL.

The Equus’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the RL’s (58% to 42%). This gives the Equus more stable handling and braking.

The Equus Ultimate handles at .83 G’s, while the RL pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Equus Ultimate executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the RL (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The design of the Hyundai Equus amounts to more than styling. The Equus has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the RL (.29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Equus get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Equus is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the RL is rated a Mid-size.

The Equus has 10.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RL (109.3 vs. 99.1).

The Equus has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the RL.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Equus’ rear seats recline. The RL’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Equus has a much larger trunk than the RL (16.7 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Equus’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The RL’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Equus’ power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The RL’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Equus has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors, which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The RL has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Equus and the RL have standard heated front seats. The Equus also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the RL.

The Equus’ standard air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. Air conditioned front seats costs extra on the RL.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Equus Ultimate has standard rear seat controls for the radio, which can play a separate audio source. The RL doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

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