2011 Hyundai Equus: Yes, Lexus Should Be Worried
April 11, 2011
I'm not usually looking for a soothing ride. I want feedback, road feel and even a little noise when I'm behind the wheel. But every so often I get in a situation when all I want is a smooth, quiet ride that doesn't get in the way.
Such was the case this weekend as I crisscrossed L.A. in search of various motorcycle parts. All I really needed was a good navigation system and some peace and quiet so I could call stores/sellers along the way. I picked the Equus and never regretted it.
Sure, the Equus has a "Sport" button and all, but I think it feels just fine in the normal setting. Everything on the freeway melts away underneath the air suspension in the standard setting and road noise is minimal. It reminded me of the last Lexus LS I drove. The Equus may not have the brand recognition of the big LS, but it sure feels like one from behind the wheel. That's a good thing for Hyundai. There are plenty of Lexus buyers who could not care less about the brand and simply want nothing more than a smooth, serene ride. If Hyundai can get a few Lexus buyers to try the Equus, there's a good chance they won't go back.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com