2011 Hyundai Equus  -  $58,900

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $58,900
Base Invoice: $55,104
Destination Charge: $900
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Signature *Ltd Avail*
Doors: 4
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 19 | City: 16 | Hwy: 24
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Signature *Ltd Avail*
Transmission: ZF 6-speed automatic transmission w/SHIFTRONIC
Engine: 4.6L DOHC MPFI 32-valve Tau V8 engine


Powerful V8; world-class luxury; adaptive suspension standard

Model News

The Equus is a new luxury vehicle from Hyundai debuting in 2011. It's the largest, most luxurious and most powerful car Hyundai makes, and they have high hopes it can compete with the best from European and Japanese automakers at any price.

Value Writeup

Hyundai intended the Equus to compete with the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Lexus' full-size sedans. To accomplish this, they equipped it with adaptive air suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, HID headlamps, a Lexicon 7.1 surround audio system, heated and cooled seats, adaptive cruise control and lots and lots of leather. The Equus is powered by a 385-horsepower V8 via a 6-speed automatic transmission built by ZF. Base prices for the Equus start at $58,000, which is $7,000 cheaper than an LS460 and $25k less than a BMW 7-series.

Model Highlights

Hyundai is aiming for the premium luxury market with 2011's Equus. It's a brand-new sedan and a brand-new segment for Hyundai. The Equus is a V8-powered large sedan akin to BMW's 7-series and Lexus LS.

The Equus is powered by a 385-horsepower V8 connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The rear-wheel drive car uses adaptive air suspension to provide a soft, comfortable ride that automatically adapts to road conditions. The Equus also offers a "Sport" mode which tightens the suspension response and remaps transmission shift points and shift speed.

The exterior of the Equus indicates Hyundai's lofty aspirations. Styling cues from both the Mercedes S-Class and Lexus LS are evident, as are smooth, understated lines and a prominent grille. One thing that's not prominent is the Hyundai logo--the company may still be trying to shake their economy-car image. Standard 19-inch wheels come shod with low-profile 40-series tires. HID headlamps are standard and come with LED turn signals and fog lamps.

Inside, Hyundai hit all of the luxury car bullet points. An audiophile surround audio system by Lexicon has an astounding 17 speakers and iPod input. Navigation and Bluetooth are also standard equipment. The driver's seat is 12-way power-adjustable and both front seats are heated and cooled. The driver can even enjoy a standard integrated massage system. The interior is clad completely in leather, including the dash. There's wood on the dash as well, and the headliner is made of Alcantara suede.

"Smart" cruise control and proximity-based keyless entry are included as are power sunshades and a front and rear park-assist system with rearview camera. The Equus also comes with a tire pressure monitor and a lane-departure system too.

Safety equipment is a necessary component within the luxury segment, and the Equus doesn't disappoint. Electronic stability control and traction control are included as are an automatic vehicle stability system and anti-lock brakes. Airbags are standard, of course, and include the usual front-impact but also include side-curtains, seat-mounted side-impact and there's one for the driver's knees as well.

Step up to the Ultimate trim, and it includes a rear-seat entertainment system, impressive rear seats that power-recline, are heated and cooled and massage the legs and back of the occupants. A forward-facing cornering camera is included, as is a power trunk lid and a refrigerated rear console.

There are no factory options available, but it's hard to imagine what else a potential buyer might want to equip the Equus with--it's an amazing luxury value and a very-well equipped entry in the full-size luxury sedan segment for Hyundai.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification
Large Cars

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
24 MPG

Cruising Range - City
324.80 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
16 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
19 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
487.20 mi

Engine Type
Gas V8


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
378 @ 6500

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
324 @ 3500

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD

Trans Description Cont. Again

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
8.9 qts

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
109.3 ft³

Front Head Room
38.7 in

Front Leg Room
45.1 in

Front Shoulder Room
59.1 in

Front Hip Room
55.5 in

Second Head Room
38.1 in

Second Leg Room
38.9 in

Second Shoulder Room
58.0 in

Second Hip Room
55.1 in

119.9 in

Length, Overall
203.1 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
74.4 in

Height, Overall
58.7 in

Track Width, Front
63.8 in

Track Width, Rear
64.1 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.1 in

Trunk Volume
16.7 ft³

Base Curb Weight
4449-4555 lbs

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
1.14 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.71 in

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
19 x 8.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
19 x 9.0 in

Spare Wheel Size
18 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Electro-Hydraulic Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
39.6 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.6 x 1.2 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.4 x 0.8 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
20.3 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km


Mfg's Report Date
FEB 29, 2016


Potential Number of Units Affected

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2012 Genesis vehicles manufactured August 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012, and 2011-2013 Equus vehicles manufactured July 10, 2011, to June 12, 2012. The windshield wiper motor cover seal on the affected vehicles may degrade allowing corrosion on the wiper motor's circuit board. The corrosion can cause intermittent or total loss of wiper function.

Inoperative wipers during inclement weather can decrease driver visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper motor cover and seal, free of charge. The recall began on April 22, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 140.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


Mfg's Report Date
NOV 07, 2014


Potential Number of Units Affected

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. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-714-865-3920. Hyundai's number for this recall is 125.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

4.6L DOHC MPFI 32-valve Tau V8 engine

ZF 6-speed automatic transmission w/SHIFTRONIC -inc: lock-up torque converter

Rear wheel drive

180-amp alternator

100-amp/hr battery

Electronically controlled air suspension -inc: continuous damping control (CDC), front/rear stabilizer bar

Electro-hydraulic pwr steering (EHPS)

4-wheel ventilated disc brakes

Electronic parking brake w/auto vehicle hold

Dual asymmetrical exhaust tips

19 x 8.0 front & 19 x 9.0 rear 9-spoke chrome alloy wheels

P245/45R19 front & P275/40R19 rear tires

18" alloy wheel w/T155/80R18 temporary spare tire

Pwr tilt & slide glass sunroof

Roof sun shield

Body color bumpers w/chrome insert molding

Chrome window belt moldings

Chrome bodyside moldings

Body color rocker panel sill

Chrome accent grille

Auto on/off HID headlights w/LED turn signal indicators -inc: adaptive front lighting system (AFLS) w/auto-leveling, LED position lamps

Fog lights

Center high mount LED stop lamp

Dual pwr-folding heated auto-dimming side mirrors w/memory -inc: turn signal indicators & approach lamps

Acoustic laminated windshield & front/rear side windows

Solar control tinted glass

Variable speed intermittent/speed sensitive/rain-sensing wipers

Windshield wiper de-icer

Chrome insert door handles

Lexicon 7.1 discrete surround-sound audio system -inc: AM/FM/HD Radio/XM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD/DVD changer, (17) speakers, iPod/USB/MP3 aux input jacks, iPod connection cable, speed sensing volume control

Navigation system -inc: 8" display, driver information system (DIS), multimedia controller

Bluetooth hands-free phone system

Heated/cooled pwr front bucket seats -inc: 12-way pwr driver, 10-way pwr front passenger seat, driver lumbar adjustment, electronic active front head restraints w/pwr controls, driver seat massage system, driver seat memory

60/40 pwr reclining heated rear seats

Premium leather seating surfaces

Front door map pockets w/tilt-out feature

Rear center armrest w/dual cupholders & control console

Illuminated scuff plates

Premium front/rear floor mats

Heated wood-trimmed/leather-wrapped pwr tilt/telescopic steering wheel -inc: memory, audio controls, cruise controls, trip/display vehicle info controls, Bluetooth controls

Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, coolant temp, fuel level, odometer, trip odometer, electroluminescent display

Indicators -inc: PRND, cruise control, turn signal/hazard, high beam, vehicle stability management system, electronic stability control, traction control system, tire pressure monitoring system

Warning lights -inc: oil pressure, battery, door ajar, airbag, seatbelt, low fuel, trunk lid open, brake, check engine, ABS

Warning chimes -inc: key-in-car w/door ajar, seatbelt

Electroluminescent cluster w/3.5" TFT LCD screen

Smart cruise control

Pwr windows w/auto-down/up

Proximity key entry w/push-button start

(2) proximity fobs

Anti-theft engine immobilizer

Remote keyless entry w/anti-theft system

Trip computer -inc: average fuel economy, average speed, range to empty, trip timer, trip distance

Dual auto temp control w/air quality system -inc: rear seat temp controls, rear seat heat ducts

Auto defogging windshield w/humidity sensor

Electronic rear window defroster w/timer

(3) 12V pwr outlets

Leather-wrapped dash

Real wood interior trim

Illuminated interior door handles & armrests

Electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror -inc: HomeLink, compass

(4) assist grips

(2) rear coat hangers

Illuminated driver/front passenger visor vanity mirrors w/visor extension

Lighting -inc: front map lights, rear reading lights, glove compartment light, cargo area light, ashtray light, illuminated push-button start, rear seat footwell light

Pwr rear/side-window sunshades

Alcantara suede headliner

Leather wrapped shift knob w/woodgrain insert

Premium trunk cargo mat

Luggage net

Energy absorbing steering column

Electronic stability control (ESC) w/traction control (TCS) & brake assist

Vehicle stability management system (VSM) w/pre-collision warning

Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)

Shift interlock system

Front & rear crumple zones

5-MPH bumpers

Hood buckling creases & safety stops

Bodyside reinforcements

Daytime running lights

Advanced dual front airbags

Front passenger airbag on/off switch

Front/rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags

Front/rear roof mounted side-curtain airbags

Driver knee airbag

Front/rear parking assistance system w/rearview camera

Electronic front seatbelt pretensioners & force limiters

Lower anchors & upper tether anchors (LATCH)

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Lane-departure warning system (LDWS)

First-aid kit (PIO)

Rear door child safety locks

Emergency trunk release












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