I'll be honest – I don't love our 2011 Hyundai Equus. It's a perfectly fine luxury sedan, but as a daily driver, it has about as much personality as the new sofa I bought last month. Autoblog Editor-in-Chief John Neff, on the other hand, is quite fond of our long-termer, and in my conversations with him, the vast majority of his praise was concentrated around the Hyundai's behavior on really long road trips – something that, even after our team collectively put nearly 20,000 miles on the car, I had yet to experience, aside from a few quick jaunts between Detroit and Chicago.

Earlier this month, I needed to make a trip from Detroit to southern Illinois and back – 1,200 miles in total that would be covered over two 9.5-hour stints. And since my route would only take me along the hardly scenic, decidedly boring interstates of the midwest (looking at you, I-75, I-70 and I-57), this was clearly a job for the Equus.

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Everyone wants to know about this car, and those who do know about it are just thrilled to finally see one on the road.

Overall, I had no complaints about the 20 hours spent behind the wheel. Well, my lower back was in pain, but that's all due to the horribly overinflated lumbar support that we've complained about before. Driving the Equus for seemingly endless amounts of time is a total cinch – the car is impeccably well-mannered on the highway, requiring minimal amounts of effort from the driver, and features like the adaptive cruise control offer set-it-and-forget-it coasting abilities. Even the 23.8 miles per gallon that I averaged on the drive is respectable (the EPA quotes 24 mpg highway).

Like my fellow staff members, I was subject to plenty of questions and comments about the Equus every time I stopped. Everyone wants to know about this car, and those who do know about it are just thrilled to finally see one on the road. (To this day, I have only seen one other Equus that wasn't wearing dealer/manufacturer plates.) To wit, when I stopped at the Illinois/Indiana border and took the lovely Instagram-filtered photo you see above, I was approached by a group of older men who thought the Equus was a Maserati. When I told them it was a Hyundai, they were no longer interested. Bummer. Hyundai's marketing team could have been all over that one.

After my long weekend with the Equus, I have a new found appreciation for the car. I still don't love it, but I'm glad that now – after eight months of service – I've finally experienced exactly what the Equus does best, even if it isn't particularly exciting.

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      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Short article is short.
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        @cashsixeight
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          BB79826
          • 3 Years Ago
          Toyota products haven't topped CR's ratings since the late 90s/early 2000s. Ya know. When they made the best mainstream cars in the world. Funny how that worked out.
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        I sold the last of my SVX parts 2 days ago. :( Miss her: http://www.autoblog.com/2007/08/02/reader-ride-1992-subaru-svx/
      Ghetto Cat
      • 3 Years Ago
      You only get what you pay for.
      tjstieg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those that have the money and desire for a BMW or Mercedes aren't going to stoop to buy an Equus even thought it is probably a fine car.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very hard to believe this is a 2011 car. Aside from all the stolen styling cues, it honestly looks like a ten year old lexus in this article picture.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is is just me or is this an incredibly boring looking car?
      Kim
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love this car. It is best car Korea. We driving all the us. Nice car in Korea.
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          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ yomama6500 This is the WORLD WIDE WEB. There is a whole world outside of the United States. Please stop making all of the other Americans look ignorant.
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          Daniel
          • 3 Years Ago
          You are going to go very far in life. I just know it.
        Edward Ellsworth
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        @Kim
        Now please tell me: is there ANYONE reading these comments who doesn't understand what Kim is saying? His sentences may not be perfect, but we all get the message, and good for him for having the interest to read websites in a foreign language and the courage to write a post in a language which is not his mother tongue. Who among you can say that you've done the same? (Disclosure: By the way, I teach English in South Korea.)
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      MikeG
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is always a tough market. Do you go the route of the LS460 where it rides like nothing else on the road. Super reliable, beautiful well made interior, and quiet or do you go the route of a a more sport luxury sedan like the BMW 7 series which loses a lot in value, unreliable, but handles well for a big car. I would rather buy a car like the LS460 and a real sports car rather than a large luxury car that wants to think that it's a sports car. IMO a 4,500lb car will never be a sports car so quit acting.
        kontroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MikeG
        you forgot to specify that your comment is strictly a personal observation not sustained by any scientific data or marketing research whatsoever, and that there are only very few morons that share your views about these two cars as reflected in your comment
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        tgsid
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        @MikeG
        "I would rather buy a car like the LS460 and a real sports car rather than a large luxury car that wants to think that it's a sports car. IMO a 4,500lb car will never be a sports car so quit acting." Oh, those large luxury cars will soon be able to keep up with sports cars. just you wait.
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      RA
      • 3 Years Ago
      hyundais always look japanesey.. get your own style!
      Herbie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cheap shot?....okay I apologize to AB readers if my "Enzo Ferrari" post was a cheap shot. I don't like snarky but after a couple of glasses of wine, well, I guess it happens. But really, the Hyundai brand has been in the U.S. for several years. This isn't like a Fiat - omigod Fiat hasn't sold cars in the U.S. for how long?............Steven writes they thought this Hyundai - clearly badged - was a MASERATI?!?!? Really. Steven are you pulling our collective leg or did you just run out of story for this expensive Hyundai vehicle? I applaud Hyundai's effort here. But ANY vehicle I buy that cost in excess of 58 large is going to be made in Europe.
        Lucid
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Herbie
        Why don't you check your biases at the door. A good car well worth over 58K can be made anywhere human beings are present.
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        Chris Fabri
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Herbie
        I bet you can get an Equus for 57 large. Or would you just buy a Genesis?
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