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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: 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.

Click through for the video...

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Just in Case You Wondered

September 30, 2011

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Attention bratty little brothers or, as the case may be, bratty chairmen, turns out if someone is sitting in the front passenger seat, you can't mess with their positioning from the backseat controls. So, nyah. (As a big sister I can appreciate this.)

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Impressive

September 27, 2011

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Thankfully I was given the keys to our Equus recently when I had friends and family in town. My first guest to get into the Equus was my friend Brian. My wife and I picked him up from the airport.

My friend is a tall dude, 6'3". My wife offered him the front seat, but he knows she gets car sick quick. He politely declined and got into the back seat. "Niiiiiiiice, Scott." he exclaimed as he closed the rear door. "You know that I can only have the best."

My wife started to move her seat forward, but my friend quickly begged her to stop. He had enough leg room. My wife is not short by the way. She's 5'10". My friend had plenty of room to stretch out and relax after being crammed up in coach for the past four hours. Score one for the Equus.

Later that weekend, my sister and family showed up. While my family is not as tall as my friend Brian, the Equus still was able to deliver. For my family, specifically my two nieces, it was the draw shades. On a drive back to my house after a long day out they were able to pull the shades and take a comfortable nap in the back seat. Score another point for the Equus.

Normally I'm not into the large luxo-boats, but I loved the Equus and what it was able to do for me and my family. I'll sound like a broken record, but I think people just have to get over the idea that it's a Hyundai. It's hard to dismiss the value you get out of the Equus.

Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Peaceful

September 12, 2011

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After a long hard day, it's nice to get into the Hyundai Equus for the drive home. The interior is peacefully quiet and the ride is smooth and confident. I remember our former long-term Genesis also had a very quiet cabin.

After years of being an Acura owner, a brand not known for its sound insulation, I appreciate a gentle ride. My Integra sounds like a skateboard by comparison.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Hot Air

September 07, 2011

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As I got ready to drive home last night in the Hyundai Equus, I adjusted the climate controls to my usual liking: 67 degrees, air flow mode on bi-level allowing air to my face and the floor, and vents positioned the way I like them.

But as I was driving I kept feeling heat around my waist. I checked to make sure the seat heaters were off. They were.

Someone had dialed the rear passenger vent to hot. And that hot air was curving around my seat and hitting me.

As the driver and therefore queen of the car, I should have been able to adjust the controls from the front seat. But the back seat passenger is king in the Equus. I call treason!

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 12,148 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Driver Seat vs. Backseat

September 02, 2011

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Schmidt already alerted you to the premature driver-seat wear in our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus. Not only is the light-colored leather discolored, it's loosening up. When I took the Equus to San Diego a couple weeks back, I noticed that the wear is especially obvious compared to the backseat, which still looks like new.

We had the same thing happen in our long-term 2007 Azera, but that car cost half as much. I understand the importance of cleaning and conditioning leather in a car you're going to keep for 10 years, but imagine if you'd leased an Equus and had to deal with this... hello, excessive wear and tear charges. Might not be a bad idea to give some thought to switching seat suppliers.

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2011 Hyundai Equus: The Quarter Window Dilemma

August 31, 2011

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As you can see, our Equus has a rather odd rear quarter window. Too small to see much out of and too big to do away with, it just sits there with no good reason to exist. It's not like you need more window area either as the main rear window is quite large on its own.

So why is it there? Not sure. It could be some kind of regulatory issue, or maybe Korean businessman have a high incidence of claustrophobia. It's a marked contrast to the Rolls-Royce Phantom which purposely closes out this area to give rear passengers more privacy. I think I would prefer it that way, too.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Driver Controlled Passenger Seat

August 31, 2011

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Love them or hate them, the only thing agreed upon here is that you, our readers, love discussing them. We're talking about the all the power convenience features on our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature. Reader cjasis used the technical term, "gizmos."

Another gizmo on our Equus is the inner power passenger seat adjust switches. From the driver seat you can adjust both fore/aft and seatback rake. I suppose you can use this to give more comfort to the Samsung executive in the rear seat, or to prepare your front seat passenger for some good times at Make-Out Point. How do you say, "The Gentleman Function" in Korean?

Anyway, the most interesting thing about this string of posts, as observed by reader texases, is that our Equus is now in the same discussion circle as the Lexus LS, BMW 7, and Benz S-Class.

As texases said, it's quite the compliment!

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~12,000 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Center Console Squeaks

June 29, 2011

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The center console lid on our 2011 Hyundai Equus squeaks. We'll have the dealer take a look at this at its next service appointment. Video after the jump.

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2011 Hyundai Equus: In and Out

June 15, 2011

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A friend riding in back noted that the Equus has humongous door openings, and it's true. Combine those gaping apertures with the car's generous front and rear legroom and what you have is a sedan that's very easy to get into and out of.

My friend was having some knee problems, so he appreciated the fact that the Equus makes ingress and egress such a low-drama bit of business.

I imagine ease of access is something that's mostly a concern for those with mobility issues. Is it something you consider when evaluating a vehicle?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Accommodating Seats

June 14, 2011

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Our long-term cars get passed around from editor to editor like collection baskets at a church. This plus the fact that our editors come in many shapes and sizes means that we often find ourselves having to adjust the seating in our assigned cars.

The Equus couldn't possibly make this process any easier. As the controls suggest, you can adjust the seat back, the seat bottom, the cushion atop the seat bottom, and the head restraint. I also like the fact that the controls are located on the door, within easy reach.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus vs. 2011 BMW 528i: Seat Wear

June 03, 2011

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature
7,372 miles
MSRP: $58,900

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Stately Canine

May 25, 2011

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At the risk of being one of THOSE people who always shows you pictures of their pets, kids, etc., here's another one of my dog Mya but this time enjoying her ride in the 2011 Hyundai Equus. She obviously had ample room to get in and out compared to the Fiat 500.

Buckling her in was a cinch as the seatbelt latches were easily accessible, protruding from the seats. We made sure to lower the rear sunshades so she could see out the windows. And when she started panting a lot, I just turned on the rear A/C for her. Gotta love those backseat features. Perfect for a dog, especially the kind that are hand-fed filet mignon and drink water bottled from the Alps. Looking at that above picture I feel compelled to buy Mya a pink Swarovski crystal collar. Hmm.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Its Least Flattering Angle?

May 17, 2011

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From most angles the Equus is a pretty credible and convincing luxury car. Nice leather, glossy wood, elegant design.

But the center stack is, in my opinion, its weakest link.

Materials quality there just isn't as impressive as you'll find in something German -- most of the elements found in this region of the Equus look rather plasticky and lightweight. And overall, the design of the center stack just strikes me as being more ordinary family sedan than high-dollar luxury cruiser.

However, I do kinda like the font and layout used on the display screen, so there's that. What do you think of the car's center stack?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Nice Light

May 03, 2011

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I noticed this evening that the Equus uses LED interior lights which are not only bright and efficient but also produce a pleasing color temperature inside the car. They're less yellow than traditional incandescent bulbs. Here you can see the even, white light they produce.

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Straight Out of the 90's

April 27, 2011

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I stirred up a baby's hornet's nest last time when I pointed out that our long-term Nissan Juke has a big, ugly airbag seam atop its IP (dash). Yeah, not that big a deal on a $26K vehicle. But I don't think this is appropriate on a $60K luxury sedan like our Equus. Really: what other luxury car has this?

It gives the dash a "straight out of the 90s" look.

Another reason for Hyundai to flush the Equus' interior and keep the great chassis and powertrain during the Minor change.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 5,500 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: That's Some High-Quality Mousehair

April 19, 2011

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A photo doesn't do it justice, but take my word for it, the headliner in the Equus is pretty plush. A better descriptor would be "sumptuous." It's dense and soft, like a rug you want to walk on barefoot. Looks durable, too.

Little things like this mean a lot in the luxury-car world so it's nice to see that the Equus has this covered.

What does the headliner in your car look like?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Showing You The Door

April 12, 2011

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There are some things (quite a few things, actually) that the Hyundai Equus gets right. I happen to like the doors.

The wood looks decent, the plastics are dense and nicely grained, and I dig the quilted thing they've got going on with the leather. My elbows appreciate the fact that all the contact points feel appropriately soft and cushy.

What do you think of the car's door design?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Alcantara Headliner, Standard

February 22, 2011

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I'm not crazy about some of the interior materials in our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature.
A few of the plastics are a bit too shiny for a $59K vehicle.

But check out the gorgeous Alcantara headliner. Audi wants $1,500 for an Alcantara headliner (and rear package shelf) on their new A8.

However, it's standard on the Equus Signature trim level. Way to go Hyundai.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~2,200 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: A Note from the Chairman

February 16, 2011

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Since Magrath is busy running Straightline and finding the perfect recipe for figgy dumpling bread, he has neglected to post about driving to my bachelor party in our Hyundai Equus. Yes, it was the second, mystery car.

As the Chairman, I felt it necessary to take control of the situation.

I suppose I should back up a few steps. The first time I saw an Equus on the road it was on the streets of Seoul, it was black and it was next to another new black Equus. They were everywhere, since like New York, Seoul is covered in black limousines carrying around chairmans and vice chairmans of this and that. So when it seemed only fitting that as the man of the hour, I should declare myself the Chairman and sit in the Equus' grand back seat on the way to Vegas with my buddy Chris next to me and Mike as our chauffeur.

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Interior Tour

February 11, 2011

Take a look inside the Hyundai Equus:

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2011 Hyundai Equus in VA is:

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