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CAR OF THE MONTH DECEMBER 2010

2011 Hyundai Equus Review

High Performance, Lower Price

A side view of a black 2011 Hyundai Equus

In short: A well-priced luxury sedan.

Looking for an upscale luxury sedan that won't require you take a second mortgage and forgo one of your kids' Stanford education? Turn to the all-new Equus, which exhibits an upscale approach to Hyundai's value-oriented aesthetic. While this well-priced luxury sedan may not have Mercedes-Benz S-Class owners switching brands just yet, the Equus nonetheless figures as an attractive option for those looking for high performance and posh looks at a reasonable price.

You'll get an enhanced interior and a bunch of luxurious appointments like a 608-watt Lexicon 7.1 discrete surround-sound audio system with 17 speakers, a most comfortable air suspension system with continuous damping control, and an owner's manual that actually comes in the form of a provided iPad! There are two trim levels, the Signature and the fully-loaded Ultimate with a "first-class" seat on the rear right. Cars will benefit from a valet program at maintenance time, as well, and you may request a demonstration test drive at your home or office, virtually eliminating dealer visits.

The Hyundai Equus comes standard with a powerful V8 engine

The spacious rear seating of the Hyundai Equus

Only four colors are available: black noir pearl, white satin pearl, platinum metallic and granite gray. These are paired with three interior colors schemes: jet black with walnut, cashmere with birch burl and saddle with walnut. With the Ultimate, you also get a mini refrigerator and cooled rear seats with built-in massage therapy.

Backed by Hyundai's Assurance program, you can't really go wrong with the Job Loss Vehicle Return, 5-year Roadside Assistance and 10-year/100,000 Mile Warranty. In fact, it would be difficult to want to drive any other sedan in a similar price range.

A three-quarter rear view of a black 2011 Hyundai Equus

Warranty/Service: Five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; seven-year/unlimited mile anti-perforation warranty; ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; five-year/60,000-mile free maintenance with no-charge valet pick-up and drop-off; five-year/unlimited mile 24-hour roadside assistance


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $58,000

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine:
4.6-liter CVVT V8 engine
Horsepower: 378 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 333 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed SHIFTRONIC manual shift mode and lock-up torque converter

Curb weight:
4,376 lbs
Wheelbase: 119.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 203.1/74.4/58.7 in
Turning circle: 37.7 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel power-assisted disc brakes with ABS

Suspension: electronically-controlled air suspension with continuous damping control; multi-link front and rear with stabilizer bars

Traction: electronic stability control; traction control

0-60 mph: 6.4 seconds
Top Speed: 143 mph

EPA City:
16 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

Safety:
driver and front passenger front and side airbags; rear side airbags; curtain side airbags

Likes: value; suspension

Dislikes: limited choice of colors

 

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