The 2011 Equus is replete with high-technology safety features, and so far it's earned nothing but top crash-test ratings.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't yet tested the Equus, but in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing it's earned top 'good' ratings in all test categories--including the new roof strength test.
The Equus earns a high score here based on Hyundai's steady, stellar improvement in safety engineering on cars like its Sonata sedan. It also gets credit for a deep list of safety tech that's built into every Equus. That run sheet includes front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-departure warning system--on top of the usual fleet of airbags, traction and stability control, and anti-lock brakes. We're not tremendous fans of the steering feedback generated by the lane-departure system--like the one on the Infiniti M56 sedan, it vibrates the steering wheel when you cross the stripes--but it can be turned off easily enough.
The Equus, unlike some offerings in the class, does not offer all-wheel drive as an option.