2011 Hyundai Equus Signature Goes on Vegas Road Trip With the Girls

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature Goes on Vegas Road Trip With the Girls

October 03, 2011

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I may not have gotten lucky in Vegas this weekend but I did count my lucky stars in scoring our 2011 Hyundai Equus for the trip with the girls. Four plugged-in girls with all their high-tech gear, carryon luggage, road trip snacks, and still room to accommodate our loot from a quick stop at the outlets.

Needless to say, the luxurious Hyundai made that dreary slog of a drive to and from Sin City surprisingly bearable. As the driver I appreciated the plush ride; comfortable seats; XM's 1st Wave station; really quiet cabin, save for the occasional car-aoke sessions; and the cruise control on those rare traffic-free instances on the I-15.

Usually when I drive to Vegas, I just want to get there. Don't want to dilly dally and sightsee along the way. But with the Equus, I didn't mind so much. (The photo above was shot at the abandoned Rock-a-Hoola Water Park in Newberry Springs.)

My only lament is that I didn't realize the massage controls were just on the side of the driver seat til I was back in L.A. getting the car washed. D'oh! (More on that later.) A chair massage would have come in really handy during that 540-mile round trip. Argh! My bad for not breaking open the manual...or just noticing the controls every time I got into the seat.

In any case, hit the jump to read what my passengers thought of the Equus.

Unlike James Riswick and his best man on their trip in the Equus to Vegas, my backseat passengers didn't mess with the rear-seat controls. My friend Esther did recline her seat and consequently was unconscious for most of the drive.

Lindsay, on the other hand, is more of an upright sitter in general so didn't have use for the controls. She wasn't crazy about the vents in the back, though. It was a bonus to be able to control the climate from the backseat but that controlled the temperature and fan speed for the whole cabin, and not just the rear.

Everyone loved the comfortable seats and the ample legroom. "When you get out, you don't feel like you've been smooshed up and driving for hours. Cuz it's so comfy, like sitting on a couch," said Lindsay.

Another noted feature was the screens on the rear windows. Perfect for keeping out that oppressive Nevada sun as well as feeling like a VIP rolling into Vegas.

As for how the trunk did? "The trunk is astonishingly roomy. Perfect for as many people as it holds," said Esther. So I've no doubt that Takahashi was very comfortable back there during his Vegas roadtrip with Riswick and Co.

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And FYI, the average mpg for the trip was 20.8, mostly highway miles. Like I said, I didn't really use cruise control all that often because of traffic but I didn't drive faster than traffic either for fear of the many 5-0s that patrol the I-15.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 13,665 miles

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