IIHS Confers 2011 Hyundai Equus with Top Safety Pick Award
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has conferred the Top Safety Pick Award in the large luxury car category to the 2011 Hyundai Equus. One of the 15 large cars that have been chosen as 2011 Top Safety Picks, the 2011 Equus is equipped with a 4.6 liter Tau V8 engine mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic.
The Equus is available in two configurations namely Signature and Ultimate and both are powered by the same powertrain capable of churning out 385 hp/333 lb-ft of torque (378 hp/324 lb-ft using regular fuel). Starting price of the 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature is $58,000 whereas the 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate gets a starting price tag of $64,500.
According to the IIHS the 2011 Equus received the award as it has “good performance in front, side, rollover, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control.”
In a 40 mph frontal-offset crash test, the Equus showed measurements that indicate a low risk of significant injury. Further, in a side-impact test the driver’s and rear passenger’s heads were protected from the 3,300-pound deformable barrier traveling at 31 mph.
Vehicles with a strength-to-weight ratio of 4 or higher earn a good rating in the IIHS’s test. In the roof strength test for rollover protection, the Equus’ roof withstood a force equal to 4.87 times the car’s weight.
Meanwhile, the 2011 Hyundai Equus is yet to be rated under the revised 5-star safety rating system of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Incidentally, the Equus is the fifth Top Safety Pick from Hyundai joining the Genesis, Sonata, Santa Fe and Tucson. Furthermore in the large cars category of the Top Safety Pick, the Equus joins the likes of the Buick LaCrosse, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS sedan, Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon.