Vegas Trip, Accolades & Demerits - 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Equus Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Vegas Trip, Accolades & Demerits

November 30, 2011

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It turns out that our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature and the city of Las Vegas both elicited some contentious discussion earlier this week. But that's why we have this Long Term Blog. And Orlando, FL, for those Vegas Haters. Back to the Equus.

I really like the Equus, but it's not perfect of course. Allow me to break it down.

Accolades:

  • Excellent power (385 hp) from the 4.6L V8. Climbing grades was a breeze. Passing on the grades happens as if you're on the flats.
  • Superb ZF 6-speed auto transmission: excellent shift timing and no shift shock.
  • Great ride quality in Sport mode: controlled with almost no floatiness
  • Power rear sun shades are very convenient for crossing the hot, sunny Mojave desert.
  • Excellent Navi with up to date traffic reports
  • Huge trunk. Plenty of space for the luggage of 3 or 4 people on a road trip.

Update: For the Vegas trip I got 21.1 mpg over 600 mi. Over the entire long holiday weekend I achieved 20.8 over 900 miles. Not bad.

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Demerits:

  • It's hard to read that Navi display with polarized sunglasses (also a problem it seems on many other vehicles).
  • No Navi Point of Interest (POI) name search once you're in a category, such as Hotels. You have to scroll down a long list of names -- a pain.
  • Wind noise. There is a bit from the driver's window and a ton on the front passenger side.
  • No power trunk closure. Nitpicking? No, this feature should be included on a high-end luxury car.
  • No caller ID on incoming Bluetooth phone calls. I was surprised by this. And like Tyler Durden, if I don't see a name, I don't answer the phone.

Overall, the Equus has an excellent powertrain and terrific chassis, and is only an upgraded interior away from being truly competitive in the luxury segment.

How much do I like the Equus? Assuming I could afford to buy one (which I can't), after this Vegas road trip I have gone from "Probably not" to "Just maybe..."

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 16,500 miles

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