There was a time when the mere mention of Hyundai elicited snickers. Well, theyâ€™re not laughing now. Itâ€™s safe to say that the 2011 Equus Signature is quietly shutting them up. After making an impact in the affordable car range with the Sonata and the Elantra, this year Hyundai decided to tackle the big boys and ride the affordable luxury wave. And, so far, the Equus has received eye-catching approval.
Something about the Equus that just commands attention. On first glance, people are not quite sure what it is because the sleekly-designed exterior is hard to ignore, especially if itâ€™s in black noir pearl. So donâ€™t be surprised if youâ€™re stopped often–at the light, in a parking lot, whereverâ€”answering inquiries about the Equus.
Inside the car, perks await. Putting the controls to the seat on the door is genius. Itâ€™s so much easier to navigate and probably safer too. Having a massage therapist in the driver seat is the best perk of all though. Yes, it sounds crazy but itâ€™s a very relaxing feature, especially in trying situations. While itâ€™s easy to see how some would label it distracting, it actually is a huge plus in the war of calming the nerves.
Some reviews haveÂ criticized the Equus for only coming with a V8 engine but most potential Equus drivers will not mind that at all. At 15 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway, fuel economy isnâ€™t the greatest but itâ€™s not deal-breaking horrific either. Oh and it must be noted that Hyundai is indeed blazing new trails by putting its ownerâ€™s manual on an iPad. Maintenance can even be scheduled on it.
All in all, the Hyundai Equus Signature is a winner. Luxury drivingÂ at roughly $58,000 or slightly aboveÂ is just hard to beat in any economy.
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