2011 Hyundai Equus: Your Grandfather's Car?
May 18, 2011
I was dropping my daughter off at school today when one of the other parents saw me and the Equus in the parking lot. "What do you think of it?" she asked immediately. Now, sometimes people ask this question without actually knowing what kind of car it is. Thinking she probably thought it was a Lexus or something, I asked her: "Well, do you know what it is?"
To her credit, she replied: "It's the new top-end luxury car from, well, I forget ... Kia?" Umm, close enough. Anyway, I told her that it's quite nice and I've found it to be roomy, comfortable and quiet. She paused for a moment, and then retorted: "So what's it like driving your grandfather's car?"
There is a kernel of truth here as I doubt I fit the target demographic Hyundai has in mind. My hair isn't gray enough, my 401K isn't funded nearly well enough, and I'd much rather play a round of disc golf than regular golf.
But "your grandfather's car" infers driving a car similar to this. That's not what's going on with the Equus. I've actually come to like it quite a bit. Mostly, it just seems like an honest car. You get in it, you drive it, and it gets the luxury job done. It's not pretentious like an S-Class or 7 Series. But nor do the driving dynamics wander too far off into isolation, as can happen with a Lexus.
I guess my highest compliment for the Equus would be this: It seems like an old-school Acura, if Acura had ever built a real full-size luxury sedan.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor