It's Got Your Back - 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Equus Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: It's Got Your Back

February 24, 2011

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I've been anxious to drive Hyundai's luxury-play car for some time now. It's the vehicle itself, of course, but I also fell for Hyundai's marketing, including the iPad owner's manual and Hyundai's white-glove "At Your Service" program. That's where a valet from Hyundai drives to your house with an Equus or Genesis loaner and whisks your Equus away for its service. The valet also brings along a unicorn whose saddlebags are filled with champagne and foie gras. (OK, I made that last part up.)

Last night, the Equus was mine and I was thrilled. I went through the usual mirror and driver-position settings before leaving work. The seat-adjustment controls are on the door, as you can see in this Hyundai-supplied image (on the passenger-side door). They're as plain as day and totally intuitive, but in my case, habit and muscle memory trumped that. I reached for the controls on the side of the seat, where they reside on many cars. And that's how I accidentally turned on the Equus' massage feature.

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In my fumbling, I apparently torqued up the lumbar support, too, so I got a rolling wave of take-no-prisoners lumbar, mid-back and shoulder pressure. For a few seconds, I could not figure out how to turn it off. Had I been expecting a visit from Inga the She-Rolfer, it would have been pleasant. But without preparation, it was a little -- intense.

I intentionally engaged the feature again this morning, adding the heated seat and heated steering wheel for good measure. Ahh. Nice. But where are the controls for the sauna?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 2,542 miles

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