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Pamper Yourself in a Hyundai Equus

Rick Newman is the Chief Business Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and a longtime car buff. He reviews automobiles here on a regular basis, as well as writing about all things vehicular. Below is his "micro-review" of the 2011 Hyundai Equus.

What’s worth knowing: This superpremium sedan is a show-off car meant to prove that Hyundai can wow you for a lot less than Mercedes or Lexus.

Base price : $58,000

Worth buying: If your back hurts but your wallet doesn’t.

MPG range (city/highway) : 16/24

Who it’s for : Pamperholics who want every conceivable feature for thousands less than the luxury makes charge.

What’s good : Nobody else offers a driver’s side back-massager (plus an optional rear-seat massager) or all the other over-the-top features that the Equus has, at this price.

What’s bad : The Equus is meant for a chauffeur—with premium comforts and first-class seating in the rear—but most Americans would end up putting their kids back there. Where they’ll argue over all the controls.

What to do : Test-drive one, just for fun—and have your spouse drive while you luxuriate in the back.

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