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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