2011 Hyundai Equus vs. Its Competition

2011 Hyundai Equus
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Hyundai's rapid ascension in the auto world can't be a happy thing for Lexus, which performed the same feat 20 years ago.

Its LS sedan is expertly crafted but still benign to the touch, and anodyne to the eye.

The German executive sedans--the S-Class and the 7-Series--are larger than ever, and haven't paid too big a price in handling.

Both can suffer from tech overload, and both are priced far higher than the Equus, even the Ultimate version of the Korean sedan.

The Jaguar XJ is a stunning piece, restyled and glammed up for the 2011 model year, but it sacrifices rear-seat space for that ravishing roofline, and build quality doesn't seem to have moved forward into the new century.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2011 Hyundai Equus sets a high-water mark for the Korean brand, and rings like a warning shot to the folks over at Lexus.
9.4
Call us converts: The latest BMW 7-Series turns our eyes more than ever and drives with real big-guy brio.
8.8
The 2011 Jaguar XJ severs ties with its past, and rocks a mod new look that suits its dynamic personality.
8.4
The 2011 Lexus LS sedans deliver a luxury-liner ride and hushed interior, with some options that are unmatched by all but ultra-luxury brands, but they sorely lack driving involvement.
9.2
From earth-friendly to exclusive and exotically fast, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class does it all in superb comfort.
MSRP From    
$58,000$70,650$72,700$67,130$91,000
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas V8Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class    
Large CarsLargeLarge CarMidsize carsLarge
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Signature4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic