2007 Hyundai Azera Limited – Test drive and new car review – 2007 Hyundai Azera Limited

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Hyundai Azera

Hyundai’s big sedan deserves to be on the content of its character

Call me a optimist, but someday I hope cars can be judged on the content of character and not the place of their I don#8217;t think it#8217;s to consumers when car reviews are by #8220;It#8217;s all right for an American or #8220;For a Japanese car, it seems expensive.#8221; For those who a good, solid sedan straddles the border between and luxurious, I present the 2007 Azera: $25,195 base, as tested, and by the way it happens to be made in Korea. EPA estimates 19 MPG/28 MPG I averaged 22.4.

At First Azera is easy on the eyes

The Azera may not be the most distinctive on the road, but it certainly is handsome. its sculpted hood and a character that flares out into shoulders at the rear of the car, it has a presence that makes it to mistake for a more expensive

Further helping to create illusion is the bustle on the trunk goes to photo) that seen on German sedans as of the fanciful Venetian Blue that cloaked the test and the 17-inch aluminum-alloy 10-spoke I was somewhat underwhelmed by the lack of amenities that were the sole realm of luxury but now are in the mainstream, such as xenon and rear parking sensors. with the omission?

Lots of are willing to pay extra for that

That last feature is because the Azera is a big, car. a fact highlighted by its front and rear overhangs. a fact that you have to get to if you#8217;re more accustomed to a vehicle of compact proportions tight parking spaces.

But its caboose allows for a capacious cubic foot trunk will swallow all your with its hinges nicely so that they don#8217;t your stuff and 60/40 rear seats for longer My biggest complaint about the car with the sound that the makes when slammed #8211; a tinny, insubstantial that makes the license rattle as if it were about to off.

Continued below#8230;

In the driver#8217;s Nice. Very nice.

of the Azera’s interior is up to the standards we from Toyota, Honda and

Image #169; Liz Kim

Piloting the Azera (I drove the uplevel model) was a pleasure thanks to a power driver#8217;s seat, adjustable pedals, a tilt-and-telescopic wheel and heated front that made finding comfort very easy.

The Limited#8217;s cabin, furnished in a beige leather and faux-wood looked decidedly upscale and had goodies like a power sunshade and power folding mirrors.

The gauges were and well lit, and details the stitching on the creamy leather and audio controls on the steering were pleasing touches. The and climate controls on the instrument were well organized and to operate, and the buttons felt dampened and refined.

Hyundai claims the largest volume in its class for 2006. seat passengers were pleased with the accommodations; those long of limb find comfort with inches of legroom. There many amenities back but the wackiest of gadgets won#8217;t your passengers happy if aren#8217;t comfortable.

My quibbles the cabin related only to details, such as the placement of the that made the small key fob against the dash at the slightest And an optional navigation system make lots of sense for a sedan with luxury Otherwise, the Azera#8217;s build comfort and refinement levels me.

There was no need for a modifier #8220;It#8217;s nice for a Korean The Azera is a great family no matter the country of origin.

On The Strong pull, pleasant

Hyundai Azera

What may be the Azera#8217;s key advantage is its V6 engine. It really packs a and is quick off the line. It#8217;s to a five-speed automatic transmission a manual shift feature; I it worked best when I it in Drive and didn#8217;t futz the manual function.

Providing very smooth, acceleration, it handled freeway and propulsion from stops breaking into a sweat. The is well insulated and makes for a ride; at idle the engine is so that you can forget that on.

Steering felt tight and responsive; it has an average turning for a car of this size at 37.4 The Azera#8217;s suspension was oddly it had a hard time sorting out and soaking up road irregularities delivering lots of body over undulating pavement. The was for a harsh yet floaty ride. On the hand, it attacked decreasing on-ramps and curves with athleticism than I expected a family sedan.

Its performance match up to the sporty Nissan 3.5 SE, but it was very amusing nonetheless.

Keeping you safe from maneuvering is a full complement of systems that come (as they should, especially on a sedan), with active features like stability and sophisticated brakes, and passive like eight airbags and head restraints to earn it a top test safety rating.

At End: What#8217;s not to like? Not

16.6 cubic foot means you can buy plenty of presents all the dough you saved by buying a

Image #169; Liz Kim

The family market is the most hotly in the American automotive landscape, and to large-size cars with intentions abound — like the Buick Lucerne. Montego, Nissan Maxima and Avalon. But it’s the Toyota and Honda Accord that top the of best-selling vehicles, and both high-end models (Toyota XLE and Honda Accord EX-L ) pamper their owners, at a price tag higher than of the bigger Azera.

With its designed overall package, the Camry XLE still makes the logical sense in this But recommending the Camry is like Meryl Streep for an acting #8211; it#8217;s so expected, and common that you want to see different. Something unique. that the neighbors never considered.

I nominate the 2007 Hyundai for that distinction.

Hyundai is no in the business of pushing inferior at rock-bottom prices. It has been solid, competitive vehicles for Still, there are those who are about the company#8217;s history.

If you can get the #8220;But it#8217;s a Hyundai. bias, and you really should be to at this point, the Azera terrific value for the money. the best warranty of the bunch, a and powerful engine, and a spacious and cabin, I#8217;d have hesitation recommending it to anyone who — Liz Kim

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