2012 Hyundai Azera: RideLust Review

15 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2012 Hyundai Azera: RideLust Review

Hyundai Azera

2012 Hyundai Azera: Review

Thumbs Up: A lot of car for the money.

Down: Luxury yes, but not sport.

Buy This Car If: You’re for the best bargain in a front-drive sedan.

The old Hyundai Azera was the Dangerfield of front-wheel-drive luxury try though it might, it simply get any respect. In all of 2011, Hyundai to sell just 1,524 sedans, never selling than 222 copies in a single Even the flagship Hyundai outsold the Azera by more two-to-one, making the old Hyundai the slowest-selling car in Hyundai’s lineup year.

For 2012, however, has introduced a new-from-the-ground-up Azera, and already outsold the old version by than three-to-one year-to-date. even more impressive you consider that Azeras started trickling into dealer showrooms in March of proving that Hyundai has to hit yet another automotive home

Outside, the Azera carries on Hyundai’s “fluidic sculpture” evolving it a bit from what seen on older redesigns the Sonata and Elantra). While the Azera was best described as the new version can be summed up with the “distinctive.” In fact, it’s design doesn’t look anything else on the road, yet it to emit an upscale presence belies its humble roots. the neighbors its the latest Lexus, for and almost no one would call bluff.

Up front, the Azera the same winged grille seen on the Sonata, but its most styling element could be the that start above the front fascia, then up to the aerodynamic headlights. The curves are to great effect, atop the fenders, too, which for an upturn at the base of the C-pillar. details like this minor, they combine to the Azera its own unique sense of

In profile, this attention to detail is even more First, the overall shape of the is somewhat coupe-like, with the extending almost to the rear of the deck lid. The daylight is trimmed in brushed metal, not and the trim extends across the top of the fender.

Chrome would look a bit yet the brushed metal just sophisticated and stylish.

Out back, the rear reflector strip the Azera name, just as on models. The vertical surface of the deck lid forms a hexagon, a generally used to style grilles, but it works well on the of the Azera, too. We like the way the character lines flow the fenders to the top of the rear deck, the impression of a rear spoiler tacking on any boy-racer bodywork.

the rear exhaust outlets, set in the fascia and trimmed in chrome, to blend just the right of luxury and attitude.

Inside, the theme seen in many of interiors carries over to the which benefits from a grade of materials than more price-conscious products. No, the won’t match the almost luxury of a Lexus interior, but a clear grade above the Sonata and very nearly on par the next step up the Hyundai ladder, the Genesis sedan.

We love the blend of metallic and carbon fiber trim inside the Azera, and we give to Hyundai for not going the wood (or worse, fake wood route). If you have a chance to in an Azera, take a look at the fiber” trim: it’s got so dimensionality to it that it’s to believe it isn’t real.

consist of a tachometer and speedometer, in blue light and split by a LCD driver information display. an Azera badge (more to detail) lies a coolant gauge and a fuel gauge, and the instrument cluster is hooded and in pebble grain, soft-touch Critics will point out other manufacturers wrap in leather or leather-look vinyl, but we Hyundai’s honesty over pretentiousness.

Yes, the Azera is a luxury but it’s an entry-level luxury

Hyundai Azera

There’s nothing entry-level the Azera’s seating, though. passengers get power adjustable wrapped in ventilated leather, with both fan cooling and There’s even a powered extension for the driver (as part of the Package), which adds on long-distance trips.

Outboard seat passengers won’t either, since they get ventilated leather and seat for cold-weather comfort. Despite the plunging roofline, there’s head room in the rear, and few complain about the amount of available. If you’re stepping up say, a Toyota Camry or TSX, expect to get saddled car pool duties from co-workers: compared to smaller sedans, the Azera nearly like a limousine inside.

comes from Hyundai’s Lambda II V-6 engine, rated at 293 and 255 pound-feet of torque. The sole option is a six-speed automatic, but we the absence of an available manual in a front-drive luxury sedan. The is still good enough to get the from 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds, yet the car is of returning fuel economy of up to 20 mpg in the and 29 mpg on the highway.

Combined, the EPA says to expect 23 and we achieved a close-enough 22.7 mpg in driving. Had we opted to use the Azera’s Eco setting, which modifies response and transmission control for fuel efficiency, we likely have done better.

On the the Azera delivers a quiet, ride with an emphasis on comfort over agility and That’s not to say the Azera feels because it still turns in with minimal body in corners, but it doesn’t deliver the of precise steering feel or popping deceleration you’d from a sport sedan. fine with us, since the isn’t marketed as such, and to many others in the large sedan category, the Azera to make no apologies for its handling.

the cabin is quiet, even rough pavement, it’s near as isolating as the interior of a sized Buick. We have no with that, either, in our eyes the Azera delivers a blend of comfort and handling for a sedan. It’s nearly-untouchable-by-the-competition of standard features (including Link, Hyundai’s equivalent to OnStar) makes the Azera a vehicle for anyone looking to buy an luxury sedan.

Hyundai supplied the 2012 for our evaluation. Base price on our fleet tester was $32,875, an $875 destination charge, and were limited to the $4,000 Package (19-inch wheels, sunroof, HID headlights, rear sensors, Infinity audio ventilated front seats, seat cushion extension, rear sunshade, manual side sunshades, driver settings, interior ambient for a total sticker price of

For comparison, a similarly-equipped Nissan SV would sticker for $41,050, a comparable Buick LaCrosse would list at $41,085.

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