The Future Requires Batteries - 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: The Future Requires Batteries

July 21, 2011

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(Note, like with most issues with the Equus, this entry firmly belongs in category: Equus, subcategory: first world problems)

Last night in the Equus, one of those silly questions came up that only comes up in the first few thousand miles of actually owning a car. It was something trivial that I don't even remember now. Something about capacities or fuses. It's unimportant and was quickly replaced by "Oh man, this has an iPad as an owner's manual. Awesome!"

Except, not awesome. The battery was dead. I figured I'd have to plug it in to figure out what needed figuring out. Except that my iPhone was plugged in and I was kind of into what I was listening to. Whatever, the Toasters could wait. So I plug it in and, like any i-product, it took a while to get enough charge to start. It's here that I start wondering what would happen if, say, the issue I was Ring TFM for was electrical? I'd be lost!

Redundantly, Hyundai provides a real, enormous, leather-bound owner's manual too. That's nice, but with both in the car, there's precious little room in the glove box. More accurately, they don't actually fit. Slamming the glove box and hoping for the best seems to work, though.

Saving a bunch of paper, leather and space and putting a second iPad/pod dock in the glove box seems like an easy fix for this expected problem.

(Also, it's damned near impossible to take a picture of an iPad inside a car. Might as well just replace it with a mirror.)

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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