2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Best On A Deserted Freeway
October 06, 2011
Driving our longterm 2011 Hyundai Equus is a serene experience subject to a few qualifiers. First, there's the tomblike silence. This is a very quiet car even at superlegal speeds. Out on the open freeway it just gulps down the miles.
Not only is this thing quiet, but it's impressively robust when it comes to crosswinds.
Throw in even some light freeway traffic on this serene drive and the Equus' adaptive cruise overreacts, as many of these systems do. No problem, you reach for the button or switch or setting to disable the adaptive component... and find nothing. You R the FingM for twenty minutes and find squat there, too.
Not being able to defeat an annoying "feature" that's been overlaid on an otherwise ubiquitous vehicle subsystem (i.e, the cruise control) is kind of the opposite of luxury.
Also, speaking of fussiness, the singsong chime that tweeps when you start and stop the Equus is hokey. All it does it cheapen the vibe.
Hyundai's Department of Unnecessary Features should consult with the NVH guys on how to better do their jobs.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor