2011 Hyundai Equus

Signature RWD 4-Dr Sedan V8 auto trans

Signature RWD 4-Dr Sedan V8 auto trans

2011 hyundai equus Reviews and News

2011 Hyundai Equus Front Three Quarter
The 2008 introduction of the Genesis sedan has been the exclamation point to Hyundai's rapid ascension from bargain brand to mainstream automaker. The premium, rear-wheel-drive entry showed the Koreans had the confidence and desire to take on more prestigious and more established brands by going head-to-head with the likes of the Lexus GS460 and the Mercedes-Benz E550. Hyundai isn't slowing down, though. The company is continuing its ambitious march forward with the bigger, pricier, and more luxurious 2011 Hyundai Equus, set to arrive in August.
2011 Hyundai Equus Front
A familiar engine bay with room for growth
The philosophy and the competitive targets of the Equus aren't far from those of the Genesis. They're simply one size larger. Rather than aiming for an E-class or 5-series, think BMW 7-series, Mercedes-Benz S-class, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ, and Lexus LS460. At its launch later this summer, the Equus will utilize the same 4.6-liter V-8 found under the hood of the Genesis. It produces 385 hp and 333 lb-ft of torque on premium gas. Filling the Equus with regular fuel drops the output by 7 hp and 9 lb-ft. While it's not the most potent engine in the class, Hyundai does have more power than many in the segment. Thrust is hearty from anywhere on the tachometer and Hyundai claims a 6.4-second 0-to-60-mph capability. In more relaxed driving, the engine and transmission are smooth and in sync. While the current V-8 seems plenty adequate, Hyundai will add a more powerful, 5.0-liter V-8 in the middle of 2011 capable of producing 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. That new engine will also receive an eight-speed transmission. It's unclear if the 5.0-liter will replace the 4.6-liter, or if Hyundai will offer a choice of engines.
It's no BMW
The chassis features some fresh technology for Hyundai. Adaptive air springs allow the driver to select a firmer, sportier setting or stay with the standard, comfort-oriented suspension stiffness. All four corners use a multilink suspension setup and 19-inch wheels are standard. Whatever the setting though, the Equus' chassis feels neither as composed nor as comfortable as those from the competitors. Around a small handling course and Hyundai's Namyang, South Korea, R&D center, the Equus exhibited an extreme propensity to understeer. It's here -- in aggressive driving maneuvers -- where you'll really notice a difference between the Hyundai and the comparable BMW or Benz. The front-wheel-drive Sonata 2.0T that we drove just prior was far more neutral and agile. Weight, of course, plays a factor in that, but the Equus is no heavier than an S550, which handles much more gracefully. If nothing else, we wish the throttle would be a more helpful tool for controlling the Equus' yaw.
2011 Hyundai Equus Rear Three Quarter
The steering is also troubling, with artificial and lagging power assist from the electrically driven hydraulic pump. When spun quickly, the steering wheel floats freely with constant, pinky-effort assist levels. Once you've got the wheel pointed in the chosen direction, though, the effort curve catches up, allowing the driver to feel the faux resistance as it's ramped up.
Still no style, still a great value
Much like the Genesis, the Equus lacks character and charisma in its exterior styling. Bland and derivative, the design doesn't deliver the prestige that a vehicle in this class deserves. The inside, though, delivers on the luxury. Hyundai will sell the Equus in both five- and four-passenger variants. We only had time in the four-seater, but the experience was enough to convince us that this will be the Equus to buy. Passengers in the rear of the top-trim Equus Ultimate are treated to heated and cooled thrones with full power adjustment. The rear passenger-side seat even has a La-Z-Boy-like footrest, though it's unusable for taller people. There are audio and climate controls, along with a rotary dial for navigating the entertainment screen between the front seats. A refrigerated cooler in the armrest keeps beverages chilled.
The Equus uses flat black plastic for radio and accessory controls rather than the silver buttons in the Genesis. Not only is the Genesis center stack more stylish, but it also has a much richer, higher quality appearance. While the fit and feel in the Equus is sound, the material looks like what you'd find in a $20,000 Sonata sedan. That's a very bad thing in a car competing with the rich interior of an XJ or plush luxury of an S-class. While the small surfaces disappoint, the vast majority of the materials are nicely done. The leather is luxurious and the extensive spans of wood trim on the dash and center console look good.
2011 Hyundai Equus Right Side
With an estimated starting price around $55,000, the Equus will still offer traditional Hyundai value. The price is competitive on it's own, but Hyundai is also loading the base Equus Signature with more equipment than its rivals, including high-intensity discharge headlamps, keyless ignition, front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning. Standard comfort-related equipment includes heated and cooled front seats, a massaging driver's seat, heated rear seats, and a 608-watt, 17-speaker Lexicon stereo.
Less than the Genesis
Hyundai's largest and most expensive car offers a great value for genuine passenger luxury and comfort. However, the execution hardly seems to move the brand forward, making the Equus a less impressive showing than the Genesis. The Koreans still have work to do in bringing the Equus' styling and dynamics up to the standards of the large luxury sedan segment. Given Hyundai's recent track record, though, we have no doubt that the company is up to that task.
2011 Hyundai Equus
On sale: August 2010
Base price: $55,000 (est.)
Powertrain Engine: 4.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V-8
Power: 385 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 333 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel
L x W x H: 203.1 x 74.4 x 58.7 in
Wheelbase: 119.9 in
Legroom F/R: 45.1/38.9 in
Headroom F/R: 38.7/38.1 in
Cargo capacity: 16.7 cu ft
Curb weight: 4376-4621 lb
EPA fuel economy (city/hwy): 16/24 mpg
2011 Hyundai Equus
2011 Hyundai Equus
The Equus is a introduced to the Hyundai lineup after the huge Success of the Genesis and continues to change the public's perception of the Hyundai corporation from a low end econocar producer to a company that can make a luxury sedan just as well as Lexus. The all new Equus is most likely to become the flagship model for Hyundai, which has been changing hand often in the past few years as Hyundai continues to add many new models to its sedan lineup.

This full sized sedan comes with the largest engine used by Hyundai, its Tau V-8 which brings huge amount of horsepower and acceleration to the Equus. With over 385 horsepower and a 6 speed automatic transmission the Equus is a very formidable component in the powerful sedan class that it has jumped into. This luxury sedan comes with as many high end features as others in its class including a surround sound system with 17 speakers and a 13 channel amplifier with HD Radio, XM Radio and iPod integration. The Equus offers a lot of high end features that have never been seen on a Hyundai up to date.
2012 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Side Shot
Hyundai recently introduced its new eight-speed automatic transmission in the Genesis sedan, but apparently it’s not enough -- and neither is nine.
2011 Hyundai Equus Rear Three Quarter
As if the fact that Hyundai was bringing its flagship Equus to the United States wasn't news enough, Hyundai stole even more headlines last year by including a free Apple iPad with each car. The tablet contained an interactive version of the Equus' owner’s manual. That high-tech perk is no more, according to USA Today, because Hyundai is doing away with the free iPad for the 2012 Equus. Low-tech paper manuals will come standard in place of the iPad.
2012 Hyundai Genesis Front Three Quarters Static
The Hyundai Genesis and Equus sedans are touted as high luxury on a low budget, but that isn’t stopping those with mounds of disposable incoming from buying them. According to an announcement made by the automaker today, 6 percent of holders who own the exclusive Ameican Express “Black Card” Centurion Card are also owners of Hyundais.
2011 Hyundai Equus After Crash Test
Hyundai's Equus full-size flagship luxury sedan has been rated a Top Safety Pick for 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
2011 Hyundai Equus Black Front Three Quarter
I knew that the Equus was a bargain compared with the Lexus LS, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the like, but I was still taken aback when I looked at the window sticker and saw that it costs less than $60,000. This is a car that hits many of the “ahh, this is a nice car!” buttons for most Americans. If you’re accustomed to driving a BMW 7-series, you’re probably not going to like this car. But if you’ve been driving a Lexus LS and are now looking for something like it for quite a bit less money, you might want to check out the Equus.
2011 Hyundai Equus Black Front Three Quarter
I agree with Joe that this car presses many of the luxury car “buttons,” but to me it still falls short on the more subjective, emotional aspects of the luxury car experience. Most premium cars offer a cohesive styling message and a sense of occasion. The styling here is generic, which should not be confused with conservative. The interior similarly lacks any flair or artfulness, even if the materials are all very good and the telematics are superior to what you’ll find in most European cars.
2011 Hyundai Equus Rear Three Quarter Aerial Black
The Equus is a very impressive effort from Hyundai, even if it’s not quite in the same league (yet) as the 7-series, S-class, A8, and LS. Then again, it’s not in the same league pricewise, either, undercutting the base stickers of the aforementioned cars by anywhere from $6000 (base Lexus LS460) to a whopping $35,000 (Mercedes S550).
2011 Hyundai Equus Interior
That we immediately mention the likes of the BMW 7-series, Mercedes-Benz S-class, and Lexus LS when discussing the Equus should indicate how impressive Hyundai’s flagship truly is. That said, the more-for-less approach that underpins Hyundai’s rapid ascension in the automotive industry may not prove as successful in a segment where cost is typically no object to buyers.
2011 Hyundai Equus Rear Three Quarter Techical
2011 Hyundai Equus Signature

Base price (with destination): $58,900
Price as tested: $58,900
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2011 Hyundai Equus Specifications

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4.6L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
385 hp @ 6500rpm
333 ft lb of torque @ 3500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD
  • Navigation
60,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 120 months
Unlimited miles / 84 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2009-2011 Hyundai Genesis vehicles manufactured April 30, 2008, to November 21, 2010, and 2011 Hyundai Equus vehicles manufactured July 31, 2010, to November 21, 2010. Due to a circuit failure, the stop lamps in the affected vehicles may not illuminate.
A following vehicle may not recognize that the vehicle is slowing or coming to a stop if the stop lamps on the vehicle do not illuminate as expected. There is an increased risk of a rear-end crash as a result.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will repair the stop lamp switch circuit, free of charge. Hyundai issued an interim notification to owners on January 6, 2015. The recall began on March 23, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 125.
Potential Units Affected
Hyundai Motor America

NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
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