2011 Hyundai Equus Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, If the Genesis represented Hyundai dipping a toe into the luxury sedan waters, the Equus is the equivalent of the company swan-diving into the deep end. The new sedan offers V-8 power and Hyundai’s new six-speed automatic standard, with a premium cabin and more space than in the Lexus LS. Real wood, Alcantara headliner, and massaging driver seat are a few of the amenities that are available.
The Genesis changed consumer opinion about Hyundai so the carmaker decided to bring the Equus, a luxury based sedan, into the American market. The Equus is presently the company’s flagship offering and it rivals Lexus and Mercedes Benz models.
The cabin of the Equus is luxurious, and the Equus is larger than the Lexus LS460 inside. It is however, smaller than the Mercedes S-Class. The Equus delivers sufficient headroom and legroom: it is greater than or equal to the spaciousness of competing vehicles in all cases. Amenities include things like a 13 channel digital amp, 17 speakers, an HD Radio, XM Satellite Radio and iPod integration among other features.
The Equus is fitted with a 4.6 Liter Tau V-8 engine churning 385 hp. It operates on premium unleaded gasoline. This motor is coupled with the six-speed ZF auto transmission. The same engine is optional in the Genesis and Veracruz. The Equus’s design stems from the Genesis, but the car’s body is 7.2 inches longer than the Genesis body. The Equus comes with controlled air suspension, electronic parking, and additional technologies.
The Equus is more conservatively styled than some of the other cars in Hyundai’s lineup, but those that don’t like the aggressive lines of the 7 Series and S-Class may warm to the newcomer from Hyundai. Both front seats are power, and are heated and cooled — and the driver gets a seat massager. Other cool features include real wood trim, cooled rear console, leather-covered instrument panel, and power rear sunshades. Just about every luxury option you can think of, the Equus gets it — standard.
The Equus features a 385 horsepower, which is more than the LS 460 and S550 offer. However, the Tau 4.6-liter V-8, with its 333 lb-ft of torque is mid-pack for the segment and the big sedan’s straight-line performance doesn’t match that of its rivals. The Equus can handle itself when the going gets curvy, especially when you hit the sport setting, which is designed to firm up the suspension. But this sedan is more skewed toward the luxury end of the spectrum, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Four-wheel discs with ABS plus brake assist and stability control are standard. There are nine airbags: dual front, front- and rear-seat-mounted side-impact, roof-mounted side-curtain, and a driver knee airbag. The Equus’ VSM manages several safety systems at once.
Engines: 4.6L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Signature, Ultimate
EPA Fuel Economy
16 mpg city/24 mpg highway
Price : $58,000 – $64,500