A Note From the Driver - 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Hyundai Equus Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: A Note From the Driver

February 18, 2011

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The thing about driving from LA to Vegas is that it's boring. Really, really boring. When I go I prefer to take the 9-hour trip through Death Valley because the extra time is worth not being bored. But when there's a bachelor party to make and two guys ( one of them groom-to-be-Riswick ) not wanting to spend 9 hours making a 3-4 hour drive. So we took the highway.

Now, the other thing about these drives is that, with normal people, the fight is over who HAS to drive...when it's between me and James, it's who GETS to drive. I happened to plan the cars for this and had the keys to the Hyundai. Posession is 9/10ths. I win.

And so, that's me driving our Long Term Hyundai Equus to Vegas. That thing on the windshield...it...uh...scares deer.

Here's what you need to know about people: Dudes are jerks. We're essentially just big children who've figured out cooler / more dangerous ways to be annoying.

Here's what you need to know about the Hyundai Equus: Rear seat passengers have control over ALMOST EVERYTHING. So for the first, oh, hour, of driving the passenger seat kept moving (Yep, the chairman controls that), the radio refused to find a constant volume / channel / mode and the sunshades keep going up-down up-down up-down. There's a way to limit these functions, but when you're doing exactly the speed limit on a road full of cops, fiddling with the menu isn't the best idea.

But beyond that, the Equus was born for these horrible stretches of open highway. Power is impressive and the ride is comfortable without being floaty. There's a level of high-speed control you just don't find in a Lexus. And speaking of high-speed control, did you know in the Equus you can set the cruise control to over 110mph exactly 75 mph?

The stability of the Equus isn't just reserved for straight-line stuffs, when big trucks or confused old ladies got in the way, there was virtually never reason to use the brakes, just a quick flick of the wheel and the Equus was in the next lane as composed as can be. Sometimes I'd do this to avoid the aforementioned lost soul looking for penny slots, other times, just for fun if The Chairman was getting out of hand.

But the best part about the drive was the Equus' front seat. Sure, it gets a lot of points for fancy-pants rear seats, but the heated / cooled / massaging front seat is great. Not too soft, not too firm, it's just right and easy to get in a comfortable driving position (near vertical seatback, hands at +-10-and-2).

A random surprising bit: Not once did I, as the driver, say "huh" in response to something said by rear seat passengers. Maybe they yell a lot. Maybe my hearing is getting better. Whatever the reason, hearing rear-seat passengers from the driver seat was never a problem. ::shrug::

Mike Magrath, The Driver


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