With each redesign and new vehicle, Hyundai has been making steady, significant improvements in safety—to the point that in most segments, its vehicles are now among the best-rated.
And now, there's no better vehicle to showcase that progress than its flagship luxury sedan, the Equus, which was new for the 2011 model year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has also given its top distinction to the 2011 Equus. The large, V-8-powered luxury sedan earns top 'good' ratings in frontal offset crash-testing as well as the side-impact test and seat-based rear-impact test.
Additionally, it aced the new roof-strength test, with a top 'good' rating there, too, and a roof corner able to withstand 4.87 times this sedan's weight—a result that's better than that of a host of luxury sedans including the Lexus GS, Audi A6, and BMW 5-Series.
While the Equus hasn't at all been rated by the other major vehicle-safety organization in the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it comes loaded with a good deal of active safety features in addition to the expected side airbags and stability control. Front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a lane-departure warning system are all on offer.