Hyundai Azera

2016 Hyundai Azera

Hyundai Azera offers dramatic styling and full-size comfort to distinguish it from the typical family car. Azera comes surprisingly close in terms of features and refinement to premium sedans like the Toyota Avalon and Buick LaCrosse.

The Azera is just a half-step larger than Hyundias midsize Sonata, but receives a V6 engine, loads of standard equipment, and a comfort-tuned suspension that makes travel a pleasure. Its topped off with expressive bodywork and interior detailing on par with more expensive sedans.

Although its thoroughly contemporary, the Azera delivers all the traditional luxury car virtues. Its exceptionally smooth and quiet. Interior appointments are pleasant but tasteful. Passenger room is generous. The trunk can swallow several sets of golf clubs.

The Azera balances these attributes with responsive handling and performance. The 3.3-liter V6 produces a healthy 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. The Azera is EPA-rated at 20/29 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined.

The current Azera debuted in 2012 and was updated for 2015 for a more prestigious appearance. For 2016, the Limited model gets adaptive cruise control and an electronic parking brakes as standard.


2014 Hyundai Azera

The Hyundai Azera is a four-door sedan powered by a remarkably efficient 293-horsepower, 3.3-liter V6, driving the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transaxle outfitted with the Shiftronic manual shift feature. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2014 Hyundai Azera is 19/29 mpg City/Highway.

Hyundai Azera is larger and more luxurious than a typical midsize sedan. Azera compares well with the Nissan Maxima, Buick LaCrosse, and Ford Taurus. All are large, front-wheel-drive sedans, typically loaded with leather and all the bells and whistles. Azera also competes with entry-luxury rides such as the Lexus ES and Acura TL.

Azera was redesigned and re-engineered from the pavement up for 2012. Changes for 2014 are minor, though a new trim level has been added. The 2014 Azera Limited sedan replaces the Technology Package offered previously, and a new Premium package adds such features as a panoramic roof, sunshades, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Our test drive revealed the Azera to be comfortable for long distance cruising and economical for urban transport. Azera is smooth and quiet, it gets excellent fuel economy, and its cabin is nicely furnished with quality materials and controls that are easy to operate.

Azera comes standard with features often optional in this class. Heading the list is leather seating (heated in front), along with power driver's and passenger seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Azera Limited sedan adds such extras as navigation, electroluminescent gauges, a power tilt/telescoping steering column, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

Hyundai's Active ECO system reins in throttle response and alters the transmission's shift points to eke out more miles per gallon. Under the right conditions, Hyundai's engineers say this system can boost fuel efficiency by more than 5 percent.

The second-generation Azera's styling presents a less flamboyant iteration of the Fluidic Sculpture motif that debuted on the 2010 Sonata. Where the Sonata's arrays of flowing curved lines flowed strongly and consistently from grille to trunk, the Azera presents, shall we say, an interesting blend of subdued echoes of the marque's motif, with a stately front view, a sporty side view and a classy rear view. The lineage is indisputable, but the Azera's visions are unique. Not all car makers can carry this off, but Hyundai manages to do so with panache.

Interior treatment, materials and finishing are top end. It's everything that's needed, with nothing that isn't, and all where it should be. Controls are well marked and easy to operate. Instruments communicate needed information, as does the available 8-inch touchscreen navigation system with rearview camera display. The interior is roomy, too, ahead of competitors in a number of measurements, not the least being all-important front seat headroom and legroom.

Ride and handling are well mannered. It's tuned for comfortable long-distance cruising and economical urban transport, not sporty handling. Automatically-adjusting shock absorbers smooth high-mileage interstates and urban streets. Capping it off, the Azera adds to Hyundai's recent string of strikingly quiet cars, attributable in part to well-placed sound deadening, but also to sophisticated vibration isolating and motion counterbalancing underhood structures.


2013 Hyundai Azera

While Hyundai's rear-wheel-drive Genesis and Equus pursue the mid-level of the import sports sedan market, the front-wheel-drive Azera aspires more modestly to compete with entry-level luxury rides such as the Lexus ES and Acura TL.

This four-door, five-passenger sedan is powered by a remarkably efficient 293-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 driving the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transaxle outfitted with the Shiftronic manual shift feature.

Azera was redesigned and re-engineered from the pavement up for 2012. The 2013 Azera benefits from further refinement that has improved fuel economy a bit more. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Hyundai Azera is now 20/30 mpg City/Highway.

Hyundai Azera is larger and more luxurious than a typical midsize sedan. Azera compares well with the Nissan Maxima, Buick LaCrosse, and Ford Taurus, all large, front-wheel-drive sedans typically loaded with leather and all the bells and whistles. Hyundai claims that 61 percent of Azera buyers trade in other brands, so it would seem that the Azera is luring customers away from the other cars on this list.

Our test drive revealed the Azera to be comfortable for long distance cruising and economical for urban transport. Azera is smooth and quiet, it gets excellent fuel economy, and its cabin is nicely furnished with quality materials and controls that are easy to operate.

There's only one trim level, one powertrain, one price and one option, so picking the Azera you want is very easy. Azera comes standard with features often optional in this class. Heading the list is a full-featured navigation system with rearview camera and automatic, dual-zone climate control. Leather is standard as are HD Radio and XM Satellite Radio, a 10-way power driver's seat and 8-way power front passenger seat. The seats are heated, front and rear. The single option package includes ventilating fans for the front seats, a 550-watt premium sound system, a two-pane panoramic sunroof, and a power rear sunshade complemented by manual sunshades on the rear side door windows.

Azera also gets Hyundai's Active ECO system that reins in throttle response and alters the transmission's shift points to eke out more miles per gallon. Under the right conditions, Hyundai's engineers say this system can boost fuel efficiency by more than 5 percent. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg City/Highway.

The second-generation Azera's styling presents a less flamboyant iteration of the Fluidic Sculpture motif that debuted on the 2010 Sonata. Where the Sonata's arrays of flowing curved lines flowed strongly and consistently from grille to trunk, the Azera presents, shall we say, an interesting blend of subdued echoes of the marque's motif, with a stately front view, a sporty side view and a classy rear view. The lineage is indisputable, but the Azera's visions are unique. Not all car makers can carry this off, but Hyundai manages to do so with panache.

Interior treatment, materials and finishing are top end. It's everything that's needed, with nothing that isn't, and all where it should be. Controls are well marked and easy to operate. Instruments communicate needed information as does the 7-inch, touchscreen navigation system with rearview camera display. The interior is roomy, too, and ahead of the competitors in a number of measurements, not the least being all-important front seat head room and leg room.

Ride and handling are well mannered. It's tuned for comfortable long distance cruising and economical urban transport, not sporty handling. Automatically adjusting shock absorbers smooth high-mileage interstates and urban streets. Capping it off, the Azera adds to Hyundai's recent string of strikingly quiet cars, attributable in part to well placed sound deadening but also to sophisticated vibration isolating and motion counterbalancing underhood structures.


 

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