Hyundai's flagship model, the 2011 Hyundai Equus, just received a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The $58,000 luxury sedan rated "Good" in all crash protection safety categories including front, side, rollover, and rear.
The Equus features the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, which governs the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the electronic parking brake, smart cruise control, the collision-warning sensor, and the seat belt tensioning system.
Additional safety features include Hyundai's Lane Departure Warning System, nine standard airbags (advanced dual-front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, driver knee airbag, and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags), electronic active front head restraints with power controls, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Equus, named after the Latin word for "horse," also passed IIHS's roof strength test for rollover protection, withstanding a force equal to 4.87 times the car's weight. Vehicles with a strength-to-weight ratio of four or higher earn a "Good" rating in the Institute's test. By comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight, Hyundai said in a press release.
"The award from IIHS means the Equus affords buyers state-of-the-art safety for protection in most crash situations," said Mike O'Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "This recognition confirms that the Equus truly is a desirable luxury vehicle with quality engineering and world-class safety features."
The Equuswith $100K cars from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW in luxury and performance. A more powerful Equus, with a 429 horsepower, 5.0-liter Tau, will be available later this year.