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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Time Flies

January 18, 2012

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We bid our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature a forlorn "AMF" (Adios My Friend) two weeks ago.

I was the last staff member to drive it, taking it the night before it was picked up and returned to Hyundai Motor America.

For me it was the final chance to experience that smooth and powerful 4.6L V8, the near-perfect shift-timing of the ZF 6-speed auto transmission, and that solid chassis with its excellent ride quality.

Sure, the interior had many opportunities for improvement. That didn't keep me from being one of the Equus' biggest fans here -- and I'm not a Hyundai cheerleader by any means (I thought our Sonata was vastly overrated.) I enjoyed our Equus because it was a great car, and I will miss it.

And with its departure after an entire year with us, it was another reminder of how quickly 2011 passed.

Time flies.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 20,800 miles (Photo by Scott Jacobs)

Hit the jump for the elegant Equus video, "A Poetic Capture."

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2011 Hyundai Equus: More Than Enough of Everything

January 16, 2012

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Owning a giant luxo-barge like the Equus is an exercise in excess. There's a little bit more of everything in this car. Not because you need it, but because you want it.

The trunk is a good example. I can't really think of many situations where I would need all the space available in the back end of the Equus. In this case, I tossed in a week's worth of groceries and a few shopping bags without even thinking about it. And there's still half a trunk left. Maybe I should have gone golfing too.

I guess when you have big bucks to spend on a luxury sedan you have big suitcases too. I'd say the Equus will swallow them as good as the next luxury car even if it doesn't have fancy multi-pivot, gas-charged hinges like its German competition.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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2011 Hyundai Equus: We Modded It!

January 13, 2012

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Our Equus has been with us now for a year, but before it leaves, we got Hyundai's permission to do some modifications to its oh-so-dull Chairman-in-Seoul livery.

I think the result is pretty subtle and Texans in particular should find it quite tasteful .

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Designated Driver

January 09, 2012

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There are a few things that will end an automotive journalist's career. I would think getting a DUI is right at the top of the list. When I do enjoy an adult beverage, it's pretty much always in my neighborhood; within staggering distance of Casahashi.

When I head out for other areas, it's either a cab or a designated driver. Saturday was my turn behind the wheel as the DD and our long-term Hyundai Equus was a great choice for the weekend.

As expected, the smooth ride and roomy interior were the best parts of the DD car. Also, I appreciated how quiet the cabin remained, allowing me to hear the conversations, even after being blasted by the speakers in the bar. For my passengers, I think the amount of control bestowed upon the chairman's (right rear) seat was the big hit.

One passenger decided my tastes in music were far too whiny for the night, so he switched the stereo from my iPhone to some techno station on satellite radio. It sounded like a car alarm to me. After a seat change on the way home, another passenger remembered he could adjust the front passenger seat from the back. Hilarity ensued, but only briefly.

Other cars that might pass the DD test include our Audi A8. I'm sure one of the minivans would be good, too, but really, that's no way to hit the town. Next time, I get to be passenger.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Bulletin From the Trip Computer

January 05, 2012

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I'm an American, so when the holidays come, I go out and drive up and down the country in order to see people that I barely know.

Sadly, for me this involves driving across Interstate 10 through the Mojave Desert from Los Angeles to Phoenix. This stretch of desert through California is spectacularly uninteresting, as if someone had enclosed a very big litter box with a few gravel piles from the local lumberyard. It's a relief to get to the Arizona side, where the volcanic geology and high desert flora seem like a garden in comparison.

I have made this trip many times and there are no conclusions to be drawn except from the trip computer.

It's about dead on 400 miles from door to door for me, and you can just about make it on a single tank in the Hyundai if you're willing to push it, but it's just too tedious to do it in a single burst. So I always fill up in Desert Hot Springs, both there and back. Take a break from holiday traffic for a few minutes.

Here's what the trip computer said when I got there:

281.5 miles; 73 mph; 26.0 mpg, 4.0 hr.

Coming back the other way, the speed average went up to 75 mph, but still got 26.0 mpg.

Nothing else to report, perhaps because the tedium of this part of the Mojave beat it out of me. It ranks with my least favorite stretch of highway in the U.S., right there with Interstate 80 through Nebraska. Or Interstate 80 through Pennsylvania for that matter.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 20,682 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: A Blank Stare

January 04, 2012

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This was the less-than-informative screen I was presented with last week in our Equus.

At first I thought it might be a helpful reminder to quit looking down and focus on the road. Then I came to a stop, turned the car off and then on again, and nothing changed. The white screen of death just sat there staring back at me.

It was the first glitch I remember seeing in our Equus which has a fair number of miles at this point. Thankfully, it was a temporary one as the screen came back to life the next day. No one has reported a similar problem, so for now I'll consider it an isolated incident.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Breaking the Barrier

January 04, 2012

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Probably it should have been the portico of a restaurant in Manhattan Beach or a hotel in downtown L.A., but instead we reached 20,000 miles in the Hyundai Equus on the long grade on the other side of the Colorado River at Blythe, climbing up that steep wash into Arizona. About mile 8 actually, although there was no place to pull off until Big Dome Road. More evidence that I can take a crappy picture with even the latest Samsung Skyrocket cell phone.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 20,003 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Headlight Fluid

December 28, 2011

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Looks like that shadetree mechanic I told my mom to stop going to might've been onto something: Our 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature appears to be running dangerously low on headlight fluid. We're down to only a few drops!

On a more serious note, there's now a very fine spread of water drops in the passenger side headlight of our Equus. Not fog, but actual drops of water.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Selective Heating

December 28, 2011

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Just out of curiosity, I decided to see if the Equus' steering wheel heated all the way around.

Nope. The heating elements are only in the leather areas, and that's just fine, since most people don't (and shouldn't) have their hands at the 10 and 2:00 positions. In the unfortunate event that the airbag triggers in an accident, you'll end up punching yourself in the face (literally adding insult to injury). But it is a little strange when turning the wheel when you go from hot to cold and back.

On a side note, that sucker gets hot. Not just warm, but freaking hot. If you're the type that wears gloves, you'd surely feel the heat through them.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Testing the Temperature

December 21, 2011

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After yesterday's experiment with the seat heaters in the Chevrolet Volt, I tested the highest level in the Hyundai Equus.

Turns out the seat backs of the Equus are hotter than the seats cushion, The temperature on the back was as high as 135 degrees F. in spots. That's pretty hot.

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