Summer Sizzler #6
2011 Hyundai Equus
A daring move by Hyundai to step up in class, the new Equus sedan seeks to directly confront luxury cruisers like the Lexus LS460 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Based on a stretched Genesis platform, this high-minded Hyundai matches tasteful exterior styling with a megaload of premium interior appointments. Mechanically, the Equus offers a 385-horsepower/4.6-liter V8, six-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission, variable air suspension and comprehensive vehicle dynamics package. Whether all that -- coupled with its projected screaming-deal sticker price in the mid-$50K range -- manages to win the hearts and wallets of traditional luxo buyers will be key to establishing Hyundai's future status in the automotive world.