2011 Hyundai Equus Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

It's difficult to demonstrate how far Hyundai's come in design and detail, but the Equus' interior is a grand start.

On space and arrangement alone, the big four-door's cabin is a success. The front seats are on the more supportive side, not heavily bolstered but adjustable in all the meaningful ways. Both are ventilated and heated, and the driver's seat has a massage function that inflates and deflates air bladders to give a robotic Shiatsu rubdown while you're on a long, numbing interstate drive. Whether it's a thoughtful touch or a gimmick isn't up to us--it's between you and your backside.

Its cabin's not enormous, but the 2011 Hyundai Equus polishes and vamps every square inch of space for an ultra-luxe experience.

Those front passengers will be encased in a dash trimmed out with leather and either birch or walnut wood trim, buffed to a moderate gloss. The Equus caps the interior with Alcantara trim, a lovely touch you'd find otherwise in cars like the Jaguar XFR. The wide center console houses the knob controller that directs some of the climate and entertainment functions, which are displayed on a big LCD screen, framed by winged vents that mimic the Equus' Korean-market hood ornament. (The hood ornament doesn't fit U.S. safety requirements, though we're sure you could find one on eBay and fit it on your own). If the interior feels and fits much like the one in the first- or second-generation Lexus LS, it's probably on purpose--and Hyundai probably would take that as a compliment.

The Equus' rear seat comes either as a three-person bench on Signature editions, or as a pair of buckets on the luxury-overload Ultimate edition. On the latter Equus, Hyundai fits a reclining, massaging seat in back--but only on the passenger side. A legacy of its role as a chauffeur-driven car in Korea, the single reclining chair also accepts the reality that this Equus isn't quite long enough to sport a fully reclining chair. Trust us--you'll be fine with the ventilation and massaging, and the gentle power rake to the backrest. And that reclining chair makes complete sense in long-wheelbase Equus sedans, should they ever make their way Stateside.

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