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Top Safety Pick
Hyundai is also loading the base Equus Signature with more equipment than its rivals, including high-intensity discharge headlamps, keyless ignition, front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning.
The Equus is Hyundai’s first vehicle fitted with a lane-departure warning system, and it's an advanced one that features haptic feedback.
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The Equus meets high standards for crash safety from at least one of the two agencies that regularly ruin perfectly good new cars. It also brings with it a useful array of safety technology, and favorably compares with some of the luxury cars it calls out in ads.
In addition to the usual airbags and stability control, the Equus also has front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, and a lane-departure warning system. The latter system tightens the seatbelt when it detects a drift out of the driving lane. We're not the biggest fans of these systems, because the haptic feedback can be distracting in sporty driving, yet turning it off defeats its very purpose.
This year, the Equus also has a standard collision-warning system, and new blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts. Ultimate models also get a surround-view camera and a head-up display.
Although the Equus still hasn't been tested by the federal government, it's been given top 'good' scores in every category of testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and it's earned Top Safety Pick status.
Some offerings in this class do offer all-wheel drive--thought of in some very limited situations as a safety feature--although that's not an option on the Equus.
A Top Safety Pick, the Equus factors in plenty of safety technology--but the NHTSA hasn't weighed in just yet.