Bulletin From the Trip Computer - 2011 Hyundai Equus Long-Term Road Test

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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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