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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
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Good in moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints & seats
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 has scored well in the crash tests it has endured. It also brings with it a useful array of safety technology, and favorably compares with some of the luxury cars it portends to compete with.
Although the Equus still hasn't been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (likely because it doesn't sell in large quantities), it's been given top 'good' scores in every category of testing it has been subjected to by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS hasn't put it through the newer small-front overlap test, though.
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. A collision-warning system, and blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts are included on all Equuses. Ultimate models also get a surround-view camera and a head-up display.
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. The Genesis does offer all-wheel drive for those who want a big Hyundai with all-weather traction.
Crash-test scores so far have been good in the Equus, but the NHTSA hasn't published any ratings yet.