2011 Hyundai Equus Overview
It seems that every year Hyundai raises the stakes with a new vehicle. For 2011, that holds true with the all-new 2011 Hyundai Equus full-size luxury sedan.
On the heels of the midsize Hyundai Genesis, the 2011 Hyundai Equus takes aim at the big boys in the luxury segment, but without the high-class sticker price. Powering the all-new Equus is a 385-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 (premium fuel) that pumps out 333 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. For enhanced handling, the Equus has a standard adaptive electronic air suspension allows you to glide across the pavement. Fuel economy numbers for the Hyundai Equus check in at 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
The luxurious 2011 Hyundai Equus is slated to provide a more affordable option without a drop off in quality when compared to refined sedans that share the same size and amenities, such as the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But, if you want to you can even compare the Equus to the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class, Volvo S80 and Acura RL, which are around the same price.
On the outside, the 2011 Equus resembles the smaller Genesis, but with that being said the Equus is 7.2 inches longer than the Genesis and rests on 19-inch alloy wheels. Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights swivel so you can see things around the corner before you arrive there. Front LED turn signals and outside mirror turn signals, dual heated power side mirrors, power sunroof with one-touch open, fog lights, acoustic laminated glass and rain-sensing wipers are all standard features.
The 2011 Hyundai Equus is available in Signature and Ultimate trim levels. Not only does the Equus look good, but saying that the interior is sophisticated is an understatement. Standard features include ultra-premium leather seating, 12-way power driver seat with lumbar support, 10-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, adjustable 60/40 power reclining rear heated seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood trim, power sunshade (rear and side-window), Alcantara suede headliner, and push button start. Tech features include a navigation system with 8-inch display, in-dash 6-disc CD player, NavTraffic, iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Lexicon 7.1 Discrete Logic 7 surround sound system with 17 speakers, HD radio, XM Satellite radio, all of which come standard. A rear console refrigerator, cooled rear seats and first-class right rear seat leg support and massage system are optional.
Everything has been considered on the 2011 Equus, down to even the owner’s manual. Instead of the traditional physical manual that gets pushed down in the glove box, the Equus comes with an electronic form of the manual loaded onto an Apple iPad, which can also be used to schedule maintenance and check-ups for your car. Valet service appointments and at-home test drives just serve to reinforce the feeling of premium ownership when you have an Equus.
Hyundai spared no expense when it comes to safety in the 2011 Equus by implementing nine airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, active front head restraints, rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors and a lane departure warning system. A forward-view cornering camera helps you see low objects before they can get in your way.
The all-new 2011 Hyundai Equus sedan looks to be a challenger to the luxury establishment, and considering Hyundai’s recent success they have to be taken seriously. The words “Hyundai” and “luxury” going together might not be as far-fetched as you’d think.