Taking the fight to some of the most established brands in the world, let alone the automotive universe, and going after their top-shelf luxury sedans, might seem like a crazy idea. Hyundai had just such a crazy idea. And so far, it works, mostly. For its great price, strong engines, and surprisingly high-quality build, MotorAuthority rates the 2011 Equus a 7.
Whether you're a frugal executive or an up-and-comer, the Equus' sweet price point is one of its most attractive features, priced about $20,000-$30,000 below most of its competition. The Equus does provide competition, too, with better handling than the Lexus LS, and supple leather and wood trim to match the Germans. The right-rear seat even reclines like a first-class airline seat and features a built-in Shiatsu massage system.
Power isn't typically the first thing you ask of a luxury sedan, but it's always on the list, and Hyundai doesn't disappoint: the Equus is available with a 429-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that's the equal of most of the top executive sedans from BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus. The standard engine is a bit less potent at 385 horsepower, but still good for 0-60 mph times of 6.4 seconds and 155 mph top speed.
The Equus doesn't give anything up on the tech front, either, coming with an Apple iPad as its owner's manual, a host of infotainment options, rear-seat entertainment, and more. The iPad is used to schedule appointments, but Hyundai pumps up its luxury game by sending the technicians to you, rather than making you wait around a dealership drinking cheap coffee.
If you're curious as to how well the 2011 Hyundai Equus measures up to--or in some cases, beats--the competition while hitting such a low price point, read the full review at TheCarConnection