2011 Hyundai Equus: Designated Driver
January 09, 2012
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