2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Coast Drive
July 19, 2011
Yesterday was a good day. To reward myself, I picked our Hyundai Equus to shepherd myself to and from Oxnard for a Michelin Design Challenge dinner. At the dinner, I found redemption and validation for all of the decisions I've made over the last 25 years. While I generally don't live with regret, the "what ifs" in my life have always been in the background. No more.
On the way home, I took the coast route. Pacific Coast Highway between Oxnard and Santa Monica is a wonderful stretch of road that provides a driver with beautiful scenery and plenty of time to reflect. And at that moment, the Equus was the perfect car at the perfect time.
Its quiet cabin let the music permeate my brain unfiltered. The big V8 engine delivered effortless power that I likened to a modern highrise elevator smooth, linear and unstoppable. The ride was fluid without being floaty and gave me the impression of low-level flight instead of driving. It all allowed me to get lost in my thoughts and look forward to the road ahead.
All of this can be said of the top-tier luxury sedans, for sure, but the Hyundai managed to accomplish this at a fraction of the price of a Bimmer or Benz. Some may consider the Equus a knockoff of the established German sleds, but Hyundai created something that is on par and on point. Car snobs would likely turn their noses up at it, but I'm convinced that the vast majority wouldn't be able to tell the difference from the driver's seat.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor