My first car was a 1987 Volkswagen Quantum. My parents bought it used for me in 1991 for around $4000. Over the next 6 years it held together, but I only saw 5 others on the road the entire time I owned it. It certainly wasn’t cool. In fact, it sucked all the coolness out of the air anywhere it went, but I loved it and it had power locks and steering, so good for me.
Today I went shopping for a specific car that appears to be equally rare: A used Hyundai Equus.
Looks pretty cool with those mountains in the background. Definitely a step up. Like my former car, this is not a young man’s car, more of a very comfy car for driving around diplomats and such. I have always enjoyed cars with lots of headroom, legroom and amenities over the sleeker sportier variety. Some versions of this car actually have a fridge in the back. The inside is high luxury, everything anyone could ever want, but there were two things that stood out in particular when I took it for a test drive.
1. The back seats were more comfortable than either of the front seats. I’ve never seen this before. The front seats were fine, comfy and all, but the back were amazing. So many controls, you could even open the opposite side passenger window from your door without having to reach across the middle. Unfortunately, since I love to drive and this could become my car, I wouldn’t spend too much time in the back. The front seat did have a massage option, which is obviously cool.
2. Driving this car takes you away from the experience of driving. It is like traveling in a silent bubble above the road. Road feel? Not a bit of it. I could barely notice I was on the road at all. You don’t notice your speed, any bumps, anything. Everything about it is easy. This is not necessarily a good thing for someone who loves to drive, though it is awesome for a passenger. At the end of the drive I had no idea what I thought of it, driving it was similar to sitting still in the parking lot, except it brought me places. Sure it has a powerful engine and all that sort of thing, but this was the first time I had experienced a car whose sole purpose was to make you forget you were driving.
All in all, I liked it very much. It is a contender. I’m not sure I want to give up road feel, but I do enjoy a good driving massage. Since no one has heard of it or seen one before, I would be driving a mystery car. You can’t even find the Hyundai emblem anywhere on it, just the weird Equus symbol everywhere. I think it looks like a wishbone with bat wings.