IIHS Names 2011 Hyundai Equus Top Safety Pick

Hyundai’s Equus full-size flagship luxury sedan has been rated a Top Safety Pick for 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

None of the Equus’ more expensive competitors have been awarded the Top Safety Pick designation, but that’s only because none of those luxury cars have been fully tested by the IIHS. To be a Top Safety Pick for 2011, a vehicle must earn a good rating for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection, and have electronic stability control.

High-end luxury cars aren’t tested as frequently as less expensive vehicles. The current-generation Lexus LS was given a good rating by the IIHS in the front crash test, but hasn’t been tested in the other three categories. The Equus has not yet been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Like other cars in its class, the Equus offers a pre-collision warning system; nine airbags are standard and a lane departure warning system is also offered. While there aren’t likely to be major safety changes or improvements on the Equus for the 2012 model year, the 5.0-liter V-8 making 429 horsepower in the 2012 Genesis sedan will be the standard engine on the Equus.

Source: IIHS