2011 Hyundai Equus Reviews and Ratings

Sedan 4D Ultimate

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2011 Hyundai Equus
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Hyundai Delivers Top-End Comfort, Features, Performance and Quality in the Equus

• The 2011 Hyundai Equus has impressive interior styling, unmatched comfort, top-end luxury features, smooth performance and power and overall quality of engineering. With no benchmark for Hyundai in the luxury category, the Equus exceeded the expectations of NADAguides’ analysts.
• Upon first glance, it would be easy to confuse the Equus with a European or Japanese competitor (Competitors include: Audi A8, Lexus LS 460, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series). However, further investigation reveals a dynamic combination of an all-encompassing feature set and prestigious quality that is unique to the Equus. This simple, plentiful and yet elegant package is what you’d expect of a luxury vehicle…and then some.
• The Equus takes driver comfort seriously with 12-way adjustable leather seats that are equipped with heating and cooling systems, as well as a massage system that is superior to others on the market today. Hyundai also took passenger and rear passenger comfort into consideration, providing first class, touring vehicle luxury seating throughout the entire vehicle.
• The Equus also surges ahead of the competition with successful attention to detail. Fit and finish is clean and all interior controls are very intuitive requiring just seconds to customize the entire experience. The Lexicon© premium sound system with 17 speakers, easy-to-use Bluetooth interface, forward and rearview cameras, Air Quality system, plus a total of 9 airbags make the Equus’ overall design and styling that much more enticing.
• The Hyundai Equus starts at $58,000 with the four door sedan Signature model and features a 378 horsepower, 4.6 liter, V8 engine.
• Engine: The 2011 Hyundai Equus comes equipped with a V8, 4.6L engine with 378 horsepower providing a fuel efficiency of 16 in the city and 24 on the highway. Standard front and rear suspension is an electronically controlled air suspension with Continuous Damping Control (CDC). Both trims are available in rear wheel drive only and have a 6 speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC.
• Interior: Standard interior comfort features include full leather seats, power sunroof, Air Quality System, dual-zone automatic climate control and Bluetooth. An Ultimate Package upgrade is available which converts the rear seating to two first-class seats featuring heating and cooling systems, as well as message systems; the rear passenger seat behind the passenger front seat can also be transformed into a comfortable reclining position. The rear Executive seating also includes a compartment refrigerator, temperature control sensors and entertainment system with 8-inch screen. Rear passengers also have the option of eliminating sun or perhaps passersby with the rear side-window sunshades, which can be opened and closed with the touch of a button.
• Technology: The 2011 Hyundai Equus exterior is equipped with standard HID headlamps and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Inside of the 2011 Equus, the cabin is surrounded by 7.1 surround sound audio from a 608-watt, 6-disc CD changer-equipped stereo system. The 8-inch Driver Information and Navigation System screen is far from overwhelming; the controls are intuitive and placed nicely near the center console. Drivers can also stay informed of their vehicle’s stats with the Supervision Cluster located in the dash for easy viewing. Whether you want to see fuel economy achieved, how many miles until empty or need a lane departure guide, the 3.5 inch color LCD monitor does it all.
• Safety: High-tech standard safety features on the 2011 Equus include the smart cruise control, lane departure warning system and a total of nine airbags. The Parking Guide System has rear and front sensors and also provides superimposed graphic guidelines to help direct drivers in even the tightest parking spots.
• Other: The Equus features the industry’s first at-home vehicle demonstration program, ‘Your Time, Your Place’ and Valet Service program. Hyundai also teams up with Apple by including and Apple iPad with every Equus which includes the owner’s manual and customer service information.
• Price: The 2011 Hyundai Equus four-door sedan Signature starts at $58,000 while the four-door sedan Ultimate grade starts at $64,500.

J.D. Power Rating
Overall Quality 5 / 5
Overall Quality - Mechanical
4 / 5
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical
4 / 5
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical
4 / 5
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical
4 / 5
Overall Quality - Design
4 / 5
Powertrain Quality - Design
3 / 5
Body & Interior Quality - Design
5 / 5
Features & Accessories Quality - Design
4 / 5

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J.D. Power Rating Legend
Among the Best
5 / 5
Better than Most
4 / 5
About Average
3 / 5
The Rest
2 / 5

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