The 2011 Equus proves that Hyundai has the Lexus LS 460 in its sights by offering the best value proposition in the luxury flagship segment. We're eager to see how Hyundai's new range-topping model stands up to the day-to-day rigors of American life, and so we've just added one to the Autoblog Long-Term Garage.
Our Equus is the fully loaded Ultimate model in White Satin Pearl, and though it's packed with premium equipment, the as-tested price is only $65,400. The Ultimate trim level adds the four-passenger seating configuration, and no other option packages are available.
Things are pretty luxurious for rear seat passengers, as features like power recline and massage functions have been added, as well as a rear entertainment system, refrigerator, power headrests and illuminated vanity mirrors. And yes, our car does have the reclining right rear passenger seat. Check out our car's full list of equipment on its Monroney.
Before we go on, we must confess that we haven't been as regular as we had planned with updates on our other two long-term cars – the Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT and Volkswagen Jetta TDI Street Cup. You'll be hearing about the fate of both in the very near future, and to fix this issue with irregularity, we're going to do our long-term updates a bit differently with the Equus.
We'll be publishing the majority of our on-the-go Equus coverage on Autoblog's official Facebook page. Be sure to Like the page so you can join the conversation. We'll also be posting instant impressions to our Twitter account, @therealautoblog, so be sure to follow us and look for any tweets with the #ablongterm tag. Finally, we'll publish a monthly update right here on the site that includes data like fuel economy and maintenance costs.
We're ready to add thousands of miles to the Equus' odometer, so let us know what questions you'd like answered in the comments below and see our car from every angle in the high-res image gallery below.
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