2011 Hyundai Equus Road Test 2 Specs | Edmunds

2011 Hyundai Equus - Road Test Specs

2011 Hyundai Equus Sedan

(4.6L V8 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2011 Hyundai Equus 4dr Sedan
Vehicle TypeRWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$60,000 est.
As-tested MSRP$67,000 est.


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated gasoline V8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4,627/282
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.4
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)385 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)333 @ 3,500
Fuel typePremium unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic
Transmission ratios (x:1)I=4.17, II=2.34, III=1.52, IV=1.14, V=0.86, VI=0.69
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.13


Suspension, frontMultilink
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.5
Tire make and modelContinental ContiProContact
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP245/45R19
Tire size, rearP275/40R19
Wheel size19-by-9 inches front and rear
Wheel materialChrome alloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.6
0-45 mph (sec.)4.5
0-60 mph (sec.)6.7
0-75 mph (sec.)9.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.8 @ 96.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.4
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.6
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.5
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.7
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.6
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.8 @ 96.9
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.1
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON62.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.79
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.5
@ Full throttle (dB)72.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)61.4
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWheelspin is nearly impossible so traction "on" and traction "off" are virtually identical -- not certain if this is an indication of modest low-end torque or a non-defeat traction control system. Either way, a total of five runs with various techniques all produced nearly identical results. Upshifts are smooth, but not at all what I would describe as seamless. Also, no measurable difference in Normal or Sport modes. Noticeably quiet, even at wide-open throttle.
Braking commentsNoticeable dive, but decent rebound damping under full-ABS braking. While the distances are not particularly short, they were remarkably consistent; varying by less than 1 foot over five stops. No measurable differences in Normal or Sport modes.
Handling commentsSlalom: Good control and a reasonable sense of what's going on but still a very large car and it shows when attempting to change direction quickly -- even in Sport mode. With ESC on intrusion isn't awful -- simple trimming here and there to accomplish what the system thinks the driver wants. NOT Toyota style, which punishes severely. ESC off isn't possible. Even with multiple dash-indicating electronic measures disabled, the Equus still intruded with some intervention as the absolute limits were approached. Skid pad: ESC on: As easy as holding your foot down and steering, the Equus does a good job of achieving its limits without actually being "driven." Turn it off and it's still on with a marginally increased level of control and increased punishment which ultimately serves to thwart any real improvement. Still, there's a real chassis under this car that manages to maintain reasonable manners.

Testing Conditions

Test date8/31/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)74
Relative humidity (%)43
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)1
Odometer (mi.)1,929
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)30/30

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16/24
Edmunds observed (mpg)17.8
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.3

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,598
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51.9/48.1
Length (in.)203.1
Width (in.)74.4
Height (in.)58.7
Wheelbase (in.)119.9
Track, front (in.)62.0
Track, rear (in.)62.2
Turning circle (ft.)37.7
Legroom, front (in.)45.1
Legroom, rear (in.)38.1
Headroom, front (in.)38.7
Headroom, rear (in.)38.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)59.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)58.0
Seating capacity4
Trunk volume (cu-ft)16.7

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