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2011 Hyundai Equus

  • 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature Sedan

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      4.6L V8
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2011 Hyundai Equus Review

Takes luxury a step up

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Hyundai Equus, a luxury based sedan, is presently the company's flagship offering to rival Lexus and Mercedes Benz models. The cabin of the sedan is luxurious and larger than the Lexus LS460 inside but smaller than the Mercedes S-Class. The Hyundai Equus delivers sufficient headroom and legroom that is greater than or equal to the spaciousness of competing vehicles. Luxuries include a 13 channel digital amp, 17 speakers, an HD Radio, XM Satellite Radio, and iPod integration.

Equipped with a 4.6 liter Tau V-8 engine churning 385 horsepower, 2011 Hyundai Equus operates on premium unleaded gasoline. This motor is coupled with the six-speed ZF automatic transmission. The design of the Hyundai Equus stems from the Genesis, but the car's body is 7.2 inches longer than the Genesis body. The Hyundai Equus comes with controlled air suspension, electronic parking, and standard safety features and systems. It rates 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway on EPA fuel economy.

New for 2011

The 2011 Equus sedan offers V-8 power and Hyundai's new six-speed automatic standard transmission, with a premium cabin and more space than in the Lexus LS. A few of the optional luxuries are real wood, Alcantara headliner, and massaging driver seat.


Engines: 4.6L V-8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Body Style: Sedan
Trims: Signature Sedan, Ultimate Sedan

On the Outside

The Hyundai Equus is more conservatively styled than some of the other cars in the lineup; however, those that don't like the aggressive lines of the 7 Series and S-Class may warm to this sedan.

From the Inside

Inside the Hyundai Equus, both powered front seats are heated and cooled, while the driver's seat gets a massager. Other cool features include real wood trim, cooled rear console, leather-covered instrument panel, power rear sunshades, and just about every luxury option you can think of -- all standard.

Driving Performance

The 2011 Hyundai Equus features a 385 horsepower engine, which is more than the LS 460 and S550 offer. However, the Tau 4.6-liter V-8 engine, with its 333 pound-feet of torque, is in the middle range for this segment, while the straight-line performance of the sedan doesn't equal that of its rivals. Nonetheless, the sedan handles very well when hitting the curves, especially when the sport setting is used, which firms up the suspension.

Safety Equipment

Standard on the Hyundai Equus are four-wheel discs with ABS plus brake assist and stability control. The nine airbags on the sedan are 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.

Gas Mileage

Sedan: 16 mpg city/24 mpg hwy


  • Great value
  • Competitive performance
  • Spacious trunk


  • Conservative exterior
  • Relatively low torque


Takes luxury a step up

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