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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: 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: 18K Milestone

December 15, 2011

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I happened to be parking our 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature just as showed 18,000 miles on the odometer. It appears this car goes on a lot of road trips because we still have a couple months left and there's little doubt we'll make the 20K hurdle. I'm about to take a drive up to Big Sur this weekend, so I'll be doing my part.

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 18,000 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Smart Money

December 13, 2011

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There was a bit of a dust-up last time when I posted about our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature and its competitors' sales figures and transaction prices. Some of our readers felt that when it comes to these luxury sedans, value is not really part of the equation: you get what you want and feel good about it.

Well Hyundai not only believes that there are buyers in this segment that want value, they are actively targeting them in this new commercial that I saw last night.

In the ad, an affluent couple attending an event at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC pass up valet parking to take a free space across the street. And why wouldn't they (or you)?

Of course a lot of people would valet park instead, especially if they have a fancy car.

But if you're the type who would take the free space across the street, then perhaps you should consider the Equus, which really is the smart money alternative to expensive luxury sedans.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~18,000 miles

(Equus valet parking commercial on the jump.)

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: A Great Value

December 07, 2011

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It seems that among our readers there are as many detractors as there are admirers of our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature. Of course you can count me in the latter group.

Those detractors point to several things including sales figures, company reputation, and a number of other reasons. One thing that surprised me is that some derided the Equus for being cheaper than its competition, while others thought the Equus wasn't cheap enough.

The Edmunds.com Pricing and Analysis team prepared this table showing sales and transaction prices for Jan-Nov 2011 year-to-date of your favorite luxury sedans.

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: L.A. Valets Aren't Fooled

December 06, 2011

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One Saturday night a few years back I was out with a fairly large group of friends. About 8 people. We were heading from a totally unreasonable penthouse condo with 360-degree views of L.A. and up to the unreasonably stupid Sunset strip for dinner. We took two cars: My buddy took his brand new CLS63 AMG and I had a press S65 AMG. It wasn't a bad weekend.

We got to the restaurant -- one of those places where you can't tell if it's a club or a restaurant or some sort of illegal fur-trading business from the outside -- and the valet station was jammed. CLS guy pulls up, tries to slip the car shuttler a $20 and gets turned away. I've got a way with people sometimes so I figure I'll try it. The valet SPRINTS to the S-class, opens the door and asks if I mind if they park it out front. I agree only if they will park my friend's CLS, too. Magically, there was a spot available this time.

After the valet took the key he ran inside and told the hostess we were coming in and they had a table ready for us in seconds. It was one of the craziest things I've ever seen and made me both hate and love L.A. more than I ever had.

What does this have to do with the Equus, though?

Well, a similar thing happened this weekend. I had some friends over and we wanted to grab a bite to eat and they suggested Hollywood. :::sigh::: We got to the spot and tried the valet but they were full. I tried to talk my way in but the guy was having none of it. I rolled down the window to chat him up but he just waved me along, "Full. Full!"

Now, there's no telling if a better car would have reserved me a spot that night (it would have) but it was clear that the valets around L.A. don't care that the Equus is a large car bargain and that it's got a great highway ride and that, even with the Hyundai badge, this thing still looks pretty mean. It's not a BMW, Mercedes or Bentley and thus it just doesn't register.

We skipped the stupid "fancy" place this time around and got tacos from a place with self parking in an alley.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com @ 16,800 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Exclusive? Positively, Yes.

November 28, 2011

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I spent a few days over Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas. I took our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature. Not only was the Equus a great highway cruiser (more driving impressions later this week), it got a lot of attention from the Vegas resort valets.

Most of the valets liked it, asking questions and giving it some long, admiring looks. Additionally, a couple of them told me that it was the first time they had ever seen one. That is amazing considering that:

  • The Equus has been on sale since Dec 2010
  • Vegas valets have parked nearly every vehicle ever made

Unfortunately, that exclusivity is at least in part due to less than brisk sales. Hyundai moves about 300 Equus' a month, with 2011 year to date sales of 2,568. Compare that to the Lexus LS, with sales of about 600-900 a month, and 7,558 units year to date. (data courtesy Edmunds.com Pricing and Analysis team.)

But since the Equus is, for the most part, a great car, let's be positive and say Yes, the Equus is an exclusive vehicle.

The Vegas valets think so.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 16,500 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: A Vegas Thanksgiving

November 25, 2011

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Yup, I'm going to Vegas again. Yeah, I know, I was just there a couple of weeks ago. But this time I'm going with my family, so no bottles and loud music. Instead we will be doing some good eating, walking around, and perhaps see Cirque Du Soleil.

I'll be rolling in our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature. It will be interesting to see what my family thinks of this car, as their image of Hyundai is firmly entrenched in the 80's.

I'll report the trip fuel economy when I get back. Anything else you're interested in?

And for those of you who take family vacations in Vegas, what is on your To Done list?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~15,000 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: 15,000 Miles Behind Us

November 14, 2011

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With 15,000 miles of good road behind us, we have not had any major problems with our 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature.

In July we reported a creaking sound from the floor console lid hinge and it was taken care of at our first regular maintenance. At that same appointment they made a repair to the fuel filler door as outlined in a TSB. This service was made super easy by Hyundai's "At Your Service" valet feature which is free for the first 60,000 miles of Equusing.

Mike has reported two instances of the engine sputtering at startup but it has not happened enough for us to rush it to the dealer.

Do any of you drive an Equus? Tell us about your experience.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 15,001 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: A Good Guess

October 04, 2011

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True story: It's always fun to play stump the neighbors with long-term cars, especially the Equus. I'd just exited the Winged Stallion when a couple of the ladies who live in my complex pulled up to park. "Oh wow! Nice car," one said. "Your wife must love all these cars you bring home."

Not really, I explained. Unless it's of the super-functional (minivan) or super-cute (Mini) variety, they're all pretty invisible to her. Even the cush-lux Equus.

"So what car is that anyway," one of them asked, staring at the hood badge.

"Give you a couple guesses," I said.

"A Bentley," one offered.

And just then I thought I could hear someone, somewhere within the Hyundai enterprise - probably in the ad agency or PR department - peeing themselves with glee. Because that's the perception they're all working towards, right?

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Face Time

September 19, 2011

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I tend to think of the Equus as having a very conservative look -- you know, like a Lexus LS. And from most angles, this is true.

But I caught sight of it head-on over the weekend, and for the first time, I really soaked up all the details. When viewed from that perspective, it's not as conservative as I'd imagined.

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2011 Hyundai Equus: What the Value-Conscious CEO Drives

September 14, 2011

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Edmunds and Chief Executive, a magazine and Web site for top-of-the-heap business guys and gals, have put together a list of the top five work cars for CEOs. The unranked list leads off with the 2011 Hyundai Equus.

"The Hyundai Equus makes a statement about money, but one about value, not excess," say writers William J. Holstein and Michael Jordan, who is Edmunds' executive editor. "Hyundai has become a brand that's about smart spending--a message today's CEOs understand all too well."

Jordan and Holstein say this about the Equus: "Think of it as all the things that you like best about the full-size Lexus LS sedan—quiet ride, effortless driving, lots of comfort, and convenience features—and a price that makes you think of Costco."

I've never spent $65,400 at Costco, but I understand the point they're making about the Equus. It's a lot of car for the price. I've met a couple CEO types who might drive one -- if they weren't quite so status conscious.

The other four cars on the list are not quite what you might expect, if your image of a CEO is a Trumpish cigar-chomping guy who barrels through financial districts in an incredibly expensive gas-guzzler. The Equus's stable mates on the list are the 2011 BMW 335d ($44,150), the 2012 Chevrolet Volt ($43,390, from which you subtract the $7,500 federal tax credit), the 2011 Audi A8L 4.2FS ($113,975) and the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid ($101,745).

If you were a CEO, (even better--if you actually ARE a CEO, and a cigar chomper to boot), what would you drive as your work car?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor, @12,349 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: The New Town Car?

September 13, 2011

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When I was at the car wash with the Hyundai Equus yesterday I spotted a black Lincoln Town Car and a big black Mercedes. They all sort of blended together as the big black boats.

With the Lincoln Town Car officially out of production as of this year, could the Hyundai Equus take over its luxury limo duties? Will it be shuffling executives to and from the airport? Will it be the choice of senior prom teens in the future?

Is the Hyundai Equus the new Lincoln Town Car?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 12,278 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: So Glad You Didn't

September 09, 2011

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I was there when the CEO of Hyundai North America, John Krafcik, brought the Equus to our office for us to drive. It was a big deal. Hyundai was emerging as a threat to other auto makers and they expanded their vision to the luxury market. People were taking notice.

The Equus is a solid vehicle. The risk Hyundai took in creating this vehicle made them a big target for failure and criticism. Having the perspective of being in the prototype the day Mr. Krafcik stopped at our office, I'm so glad one element didn't make it into production.

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Have you Seen One?

September 01, 2011

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I'll be the first to admit that Los Angeles is a crazy place and the cars we see here are, unfortunately, not representative of most of the country.

For example, in the last week I've seen more Bentley Mulsannes than I have new Ford F-150s, more Ferrari 458 Italias than Chevy Cruzes and more Toyota Prii than, well, pretty much anything. But I haven't seen an Equus.

When the Genesis first came out they were everywhere. It seemed that a good deal of people jumped on that train, including a number of car services in the Beverly Hills area. But no Equui.

Are they in your area?

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 12,073 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: ContiProCurbContact

August 29, 2011

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I discovered this weekend that our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature's wheel and a median curb cannot peacefully co-exist. The damage is just cosmetic, as the tire is not leaking and the car tracks straight with no vibration.

To err is human; (for Vehicle Testing Manager Mike Schmidt) to forgive is divine.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 11,900 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Chrome

August 23, 2011

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Chrome wheels with black paint: Yes or No?

Personally, I'm no fan of chrome wheels. Period. But I'll take black and chrome any day over yellow and chrome.

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Poor Man's Rich Man's Weekend

August 17, 2011

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If I was a rich man (cue Topol), I'd undoubtadly own some sort of large flagship luxury sedan with a giant engine. Say a Mercedes-Benz S63 or a Jaguar XJ L Supersport. All those features, all that grandeur, all those different ways to move, cool, heat and massage my butt. I'd drive it to work and I'd drive it on a whim to Portland for some Voodoo Donuts with Niebuhr and Takahashi riding in the back (Magrath inevitably wouldn't respond to my instigating text message and will consequently be left at home).

However, I'd also need a sports car for the weekend when I'm feeling frisky. Aston Martin DBS, Mercedes-Benz SLS or even a BMW 1 M (oh how I loved that). I shouldn't have to describe what I'd do with those.

Sadly, I am not a rich man.

Although the Hyundai Equus would not literally be purchased by a poor man, it's certainly what you'd call a "poor man's" rich man car. It has all the size, bells and whistles as those grand flagship sedans, but at a fraction of the cost (and engineering excellence). There's also the fact that I don't actually own it, so there's that.

As such, I embarked on a poor man's rich man's weekend. I drove the Equus home from work on Friday, impressed friends with its back seat on Saturday, and come Sunday morning parked it in the garage in favor of something frisky. In lieu of an Aston Martin DBS, I had to settle for a circa-Brosnan Bond choice instead: my Z3 2.8. It was still a whole lot of fun and certainly encourages me to work harder for the day when I can have a real rich man's rich man's weekend.

What would be your two rich man's weekend cars?

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Our Favorite Caption

August 12, 2011

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Thanks to technetium99 for this week's favorite caption. Here are the others that make us giggle.

Will the Equus "produce" enough sales to be successful? (ergsum)
That's what I call Headroom (noburgers)
It's how we cabbage roll. (ergsum)
A lot of car for only a little cabbage. (ahightower)
Luxury for less cabbage (blackngold1000)
The guys at Hyundai put their heads together and produced a fine luxury sedan (deanoflas)
A scene from the vegan Bond movie "From Romaine With Love". (ergsum)
A scene from the vegan Bond movie "Live And Let Endive". (ergsum)
Kimchi, anyone? (_feloniousmonk)
Equus me, your lettuce is hanging out. (jstandefer)
Baggage? Oh, I thought you said cabbage. (ed124c)
Hyundai slaw what was needed and put their heads together. (snipenet)
Looks like another front bumper crop (stpawyfrmdonut)
Lettuce get the heck out of here! (sherief)
One is tossable and one isn't (stpawyfrmdonut)
I'm nuts over this Equus. (technetium99)
Equus: Don't leaf home without one. (stephned1003)
You've never heard of the Hyundai Equus? It's the car that made the Arugula run in less than 12 parsnips. (ergsum)
You should see my wife's melons. (wshuff)

What was your favorite?

To the winner:
You can select one of these three prizes.

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2011 Hyundai Equus: You Write the Caption

August 12, 2011

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Michael Jordan took this picture of our Equus on a road trip. And a few of you asked me to use it in the caption contest. How could I not?

Lettuce see what your caption is.

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Milestone

July 18, 2011

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There is something interesting about watching all those zeroes turn up. The first time I ever saw 100,000 miles, it was in a Datsun 1200 on a little road in the Absarokas on the way into Yellowstone National Park.

But the 2011 Hyundai Equus did not hit the 100,000-mile milestone in Montana. It was 10,000 miles in Los Angeles.

Actually I was on my way back home from San Francisco at about 11 p.m. and turned off on Sepulveda Boulevard (at 42.8 miles, it's the longest street in Los Angeles), hoping for some colorful place for a picture right as 10,000 miles came up. Instead it turned out to be a coin-operated carwash near the intersection of Sepulveda and Manhattan Beach Boulevard.

Manhattan Beach is a pretty nice neighborhood. Vasek Polak made his fortune just down the street in Hermosa Beach by selling Porsches to aircraft engineers and used to have a showroom filled with Porsche racing cars. There's even some big John Cerney artwork that advertises the nearby Volkswagen dealership along the San Diego Freeway, a nice bookend to the way this trip to Monterey and San Francisco started out.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 10,000 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Steering Wheel vs. Jewelry

July 15, 2011

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I can only speculate as to the cause of these scratches on the steering wheel of our 2011 Hyundai Equus. My guess is jewelry. And based on my guess, the steering wheel lost.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 5,838 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Sport. Really?

June 23, 2011

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We like cars that retain settings after after a key cycle. And the Equus does just that. It remembers you turned Sport mode on yesterday and leaves it on when you start the car today.

Now if it actually made a difference in the way the car drives I'd be really excited.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: The Timex

June 14, 2011

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In a previous post, I blathered on about my love for analog clocks in vehicles, such as the one in our long-term Infiniti M56 (or the nice AMG IWC model below.)

In turns out that all analog clocks in cars are not identical, as evidenced by this cheapo piece in our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature. Simple and elegant I like, but this thing looks one of those disposable clocks with double-sided tape that you stick on your desk or in your closet.

It's just another thing that has to go if Hyundai were to scrap the interior of the Equus, and remodel it to equal the excellent powertrain.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~7,700 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: The Future of Luxury

June 09, 2011

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So far I've been praising the 2011 Hyundai Equus with faint damn.

It's the quintessential Hyundai, a round-up of affordable technology in a package that's an excellent imitation of something else. In this case, we're talking about a kind of entry-level Lexus LS sedan, which is no bad thing, believe me.

But now I think the Equus is better than this. It's actually at the leading edge of luxury car design, a gesture toward the future. Though maybe this is for reasons that we haven't entirely expected.

First, there's a renewed appreciation for value among luxury car buyers, just like with every other segment of car buyers. There's a continuing appreciation for excellence and refinement, but what you get for your money is clearly an even bigger deal than ever. As a result, Hyundai's strategy of selecting only the key attributes of a luxury car and incorporating available technology only when it becomes affordable makes more sense than ever.

An entry-level luxury car at an affordable price has become more desirable than the latest, greatest thing. This has always been true to a certain extent, but now we're seeing more luxury car buyers with this outlook.

Second, the poor relative value of a dollar in the international marketplace means that foreign carmakers can't afford to bring the latest, greatest thing to the U.S. because no one can afford to pay what the technology really costs. We're still seeing plenty of high-tech sedans, but the trend is toward cars like the new BMW 5 Series, which simply downsizes the features and attributes of the 7 Series (and even the basic mechanical platform) at a more affordable price.

Luxury at the right price is the message of the Equus, just as it actually once was for Lexus 20 years ago. It's the right thing for American luxury-car buyers now just as it was then. Right now, Hyundai is shaping our luxury-car future.

Hyundai not only is the new Honda, it's also the new Lexus.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 7,650 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: What Might Have Been...

May 20, 2011

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The Hyundai Equus is a very imposing car, especially in black. Numerous times, I've noticed cars in front me getting out of my way or thinking twice about moving into my lane. It has presence.

But, it's not especially good looking. Both the Equus and Genesis were clearly designed at a time before Hyundai's current "Fluidic Sculpture" design language was enacted. The Sonata, Tucson, Elantra, Accent and forthcoming Azera all speak that language and are without a doubt distinctive and in most cases, quite attractive.

What might have been had the Equus also been a fluidic sculpture?

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 7,095 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Your Grandfather's Car?

May 18, 2011

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I was dropping my daughter off at school today when one of the other parents saw me and the Equus in the parking lot. "What do you think of it?" she asked immediately. Now, sometimes people ask this question without actually knowing what kind of car it is. Thinking she probably thought it was a Lexus or something, I asked her: "Well, do you know what it is?"

To her credit, she replied: "It's the new top-end luxury car from, well, I forget ... Kia?" Umm, close enough. Anyway, I told her that it's quite nice and I've found it to be roomy, comfortable and quiet. She paused for a moment, and then retorted: "So what's it like driving your grandfather's car?"

Ouch.

There is a kernel of truth here as I doubt I fit the target demographic Hyundai has in mind. My hair isn't gray enough, my 401K isn't funded nearly well enough, and I'd much rather play a round of disc golf than regular golf.

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Business Class

May 04, 2011

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Unfortunately, our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus is the Signature version, not the Ultimate.
With the latter ($64.5K vs. $58K for ours) you get:

  • Cooled rear seats
  • First-class right rear seat : leg support and massage system
  • Rear console refrigerator

Like a G6, baby!

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~5,700 miles
(Photo by S.Jacobs)

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: 5,000 Miles (Plus a Few Hundred)

April 26, 2011

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So we missed the Equus's 5,000-mile mark by several hundred clicks. Here's where the odometer rests this very second.

It's taken roughly 2.5 months to arrive at 5,300 miles -- easily enough to put us past 20,000 miles in 12 months.

She's still smooth as ever.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Prius Approval

April 20, 2011

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The Hyundai Equus got a very exuberant thumbs-up this morning from a guy driving a Toyota Prius, his hybrid plastered with ACCESS OK stickers.

Hmmm...not sure if approval from a Prius Nerd should be viewed as a good thing or a bad thing for the big, upmarket Hyundai.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 5,007 miles.

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Achoo

April 20, 2011

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We have an open floor plan in our office so we all sit together as one big germy happy family. For weeks now, we've all been sneezing up a storm. No one is actually sick but we're tired of saying Bless You.

Do you think it could have anything to do with this canyon of pollen I drive through every day? See video:

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2011 Hyundai Equus Is IIHS's Top Safety Pick

April 19, 2011

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Photo from IIHS

The large and luxurious 2011 Hyundai Equus scored high marks ("Good" for front, side, rollover and rear crash protection) in the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's tests earning it the title as a Top Safety Pick. Are you surprised?

Hyundai brass took the opportunity to point out that "the Equus affords buyers state-of-the-art safety for protection in most crash situations" and that it's "a desirable luxury vehicle with quality engineering and world-class safety features."

Suffice it to say, the fact it comes with standard electronic stability control, among a bunch of other safety features, helped those poor dummies sustain minimal damage.

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Are They Buying It?

April 11, 2011

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No doubt about it, the Equus is pretty convincing. I took it out to lunch today and was struck by how genuinely high-end it feels -- deluxe materials quality, quiet cabin, plush ride. But are people ready to be convinced? There's been lots of talk about whether luxury-car buyers, who can be a status-conscious bunch, would be willing to open their pocketbooks for a lowly Hyundai.

Well, it looks like the Equus is winning some fans; Hyundai reports that its flagship sedan is outpacing sales objectives. First-quarter sales for the Equus stand at 728 units -- enough to give the model a six percent share of its segment, according to Hyundai.

Be interesting to see if the car continues to win new converts in the months and years ahead.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: What You Don't Get

March 28, 2011

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I took the posh Hyundai Equus to the posh Bristol Farms supermarket yesterday, where everything is overpriced but the quality of the food is exceptional.

As I returned to the car with a cartful of groceries, I pressed the trunk button on the key fob and heard the "pop" of the unlock and then remembered the Hyundai Equus Signature edition does not have an automatic opening trunk lid. On a car with pretensions of Grey Poupon-ism, you'd think the convenience of an automatic trunk lid would be standard. I guess something had to be saved for the Ultimate edition.

This got me thinking about what we're missing by not having the Ultimate Equus. Both versions have the same powertrain and safety features, so the difference is in the features.

What We Didn't Get

- Forward-view cornering camera
- Power trunk lid
- Adjustable 50/50 split rear seats with power reclining function (instead you get adjustable 60/40 power reclining rear heated seats)
- Cooled rear seats
- First-class right rear seat : leg support and massage system
- Rear seat power adjustable (up/down) head restraints w/ manual tilt and wing-out butterfly adjustments
- Fixed rear center console storage
- Rear console refrigerator
- Rear illuminated vanity mirrors
- 8-inch LCD screen, interface with rear DIS integrated control on rear fixed center armrest; DVD player, HVAC, Audio control from rear seat

A forward-view cornering camera would be cool but I'm not really interested in the other things. Just give me my power-operated trunk lid.

Which features would you want?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 3,842 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Doppelganger

March 27, 2011

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So I brought our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature to the car wash the other day.

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature #2: Our Favorite Caption

February 25, 2011

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Thanks to jeremiah4 for this week's favorite caption.

Here are the others that made us leap:

At the auditions for the next trunk monkey commercial.... (technetium99)
It's a trap! (ergsum)
THAT'S the treasure?! (vt8919)
EVERYTHING is included, standard. (oldchap)
Jazz hands! (vt8919)
Mr. Magrath would later described what followed as a "sexy surprise". (dougtheeng)
So the hooker wasn't dead after all. (super_ongoy)
Equus. Now available with trunk monkey. (adamb1)
Smokey and the Trunk Bandit (ergsum)
Dirty Magrath, Crazy Takahashi (ergsum)
ninja > pirate (jacton)
The Avast and the Furious: Tokyo Miffed (ergsum)
I know karate, kung-fu, and 13 other dangerous sounding words! (vt8919)
I use this trunk for smuggling, but I never thought I would be smuggling a Takahashi. (technetium99)
A small trunk is no place for a tall bridge (e90_m3)
Rule number three - never open the package (Falconx84)
Don't worry, his Mark is worse than his Mike. (greenpony)
Tak Attack !! (blueprint1)
Im in ur trunk, mauling ur editor (sherief)
Rule 1: NEVER steal the towels at the Treasure Island hotel. (cjgt)

What was your favorite?

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature #2: You Write the Caption

February 25, 2011

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I couldn't resist using this photo in the caption contest. That's Associate Editor Mark Takahashi about to attack Associate Editor Mike Magrath.

What's your caption?

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: 2K Milestone

February 20, 2011

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With staffers reeanacting "The Hangover" with Vegas runs in our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus it didn't take long to rack-up 2,000 miles on the shiny new luxury sedan.

I've only spent about 100 miles in the car, but that was enough to confirm it's luxury chops. All the things you expect from a traditional top-line luxury model (power, refinement, comfort, high-tech features, silent running) it's got. In spades.

Of course it doesn't have the recognition of its primary competitors, yet. And I'm not 100 percent sure of the Spirit of Ecstacy-eque logo.

But I'm happy to drive it another 2,000 (or even 18,000) miles to make up my mind.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large @ 2079 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Our Favorite Caption

February 18, 2011

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Naughty pixies! I was almost afraid to choose a winner with so many mischievous comments.

Thanks to technetium99 for this week's favorite caption. And added props to him for some SCTV references.

Here are the others that made us grin:

WWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHATTTTTTTTTSSSSSSS UUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!! (ralphhightower)
PARDON ME, WOULD YOU HAVE ANY GREY POUPON? (ergsum)
James Riswick: Canadian Man of Mystery (ergsum)
Cancel the trip - there's already a massage parlor in this car! (oldchap)
This is the "Safe Sex" version of the Equus, "The Trojan Horse". (ergsum)
The Korean Horse: aka Beware Canadians bearing gifts! (technetium99)
Ladies, here I come! (kdragon5)
The Canadian Stallion rides the Korean Equus (mrryte)
JRiz is being deported in style. (mrryte)
I've been thru the desert on a horse with no James (mnorm1)
jriz right before his Equus-ition. (questionlp)
Fun day in a Hyundai (felonious)
Take off, you hoser! (technetium99)
Oh, hai! (felonious)
Now available in the IL gift shop, the "Riswick Bobblehead". (ergsum)
Wanna Horse Around? (actualsize)
Pro: this car is not a stripper. Con: this car is not a stripper! (ergsum)
Blame Canada (e90_m3)

What was your favorite?

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2011 Hyundai Equus: A Note from the Trunk

February 18, 2011

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It's dark, cramped and smells like a four-pack of Four Loko. What the hell happened?

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2011 Hyundai Equus: You Write the Caption

February 18, 2011

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This photo shows Automotive Editor James Riswick on the way to his bachelor party in the 2011 Hyundai Equus. Felonious suggested we use it for this week's caption contest. So have at it.

What is your caption?

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Nice Profile, No Brand

February 14, 2011

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Our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature has a very nice profile, with a slightly aggressive stance. The front overhang is short and the wheel to fender gap is pretty small. Those 19-inch wheels help in that regard.

I don't care for the face and butt, though. They both look like a mash-up of a Lexus LS and a Benz S.

Notice the word 'Hyundai' is nowhere to be seen.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~2,000 miles

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2011 Hyundai Equus: Starting

February 08, 2011

The 2011 Hyundai Equus welcomes you:

It plays a little song and performs a quick system check.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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