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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2010 New York Auto Show.
Hyundai Equus
What is it? The new Equus slots in above the Azera as Hyundai's new flagship, and takes the carmaker's line up a notch in both size and luxury. Like competitors, such as the slightly smaller Lexus LS 460, the Equus is loaded with technology and luxury features. Standard equipment includes rear- and front-view cameras; an adjustable electronic suspension with sport mode; adaptive cruise control to maintain a safe distance from a vehicle in front; a lane-departure warning system; rain-repellant glass; headlights that turn with the front wheels; and heated, cooled, and massaging leather seats. Seating for either four or five passengers is available, and four-passenger models get an extra measure of luxury with a refrigerated center console and reclining seat with footrest. Powered by a 385-hp, 4.6-liter V8 engine matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, Hyundai says the rear-wheel Equus will get about 24 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city. Pricing has not been announced, but a company representative said it will be in the $50,000 to $60,000 range.

What's new or notable? Hyundai is replacing the paper owners manual with a 9-inch multimedia searchable tablet with wi-fi that will also provide service reminders and enable owners to schedule dealer appointments.

CR's take: We've had the opportunity to sample an Equus at our test track, and it struck us as a worthy competitor to the top-rated Lexus LS460 at a lower price.

When will it be available? Fall 2010

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