2014 Hyundai Azera Review

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Hyundai Azera

2014 Hyundai Azera

By Eric Peters, Automotive

Growing up in the #8217;70s and #8217;80s, my had one not-quite-Cadillac after the next. A of Oldsmobiles that had many of the features, but cost my folks to buy because an Oldsmobile wasn#8217;t a #8212; even if only in

The Hyundai Azera is a modern on this idea.

For about you#8217;d pay to get into a compact-sized sedan such as a BMW 3 or Benz C, you can get a full-sized Azera that#8217;s outside and inside than a BMW 5 or E .

And it#8217;s not merely a large

The Azera (like its principal the Toyota Avalon) is also a nice car. Leather #8212; with heated in both rows #8212; and a beverage cubby in the center 10-speaker HD radio, GPS, climate control.

An almost-300 hp

All standard #8212; and for just $33k.

For a few bucks more, you can fit it out a full-length panorama sunroof, driver#8217;s seat cushion side glass privacy 14-speaker Infinity stereo, fiber interior trim 19 inch wheel/tire package and still only be looking at $37k, sticker. About you#8217;d pay for an entry-level (and mid-sized) Lexus ES350

Now, granted, it#8217;s not a #8212; or a BMW or a Benz.

But damn, is sure trying to make look bad.

And in several succeeding.

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The full-size Azera sedan occupies the slot in model lineup just the mid-sized, family-minded Sonata and right below the also-mid-sized but sport/performance-minded (being RWD) sedan.

It#8217;s also cousin to the just-launched (2014) Kia #8212; which is priced higher: $35,100 to start vs. for the Azera. The Kia is slightly sportier-looking the Hyundai and also a bit more with a slightly firmer-riding It also comes with a few bells and whistles, such as cruise control and water-repellent glass #8212; which you get in the Azera at the moment, but which likely become available

The Azera#8217;s base price is higher than the base of rivals like the Toyota ($31,800 to start) and a lot higher the base MSRP of the all-new Chevy Impala ($26,860 to But unlike these competitors which are sold in multiple #8212; the Azera comes in one fully loaded trim.

comparably equipped . its rivals end up costing more .


introduced the current Azera in so the current (2014) is only two years old. There are no updates for 2014, but it looks there will be a mid-cycle for the 2015 model year. In all the #8217;15 Azera will with (or offer) some of the currently offered in its Kia Cadenza such as Adaptive Cruise

It#8217;s also possible will be a hybrid or other engine option.


Full-sized luxury, mid-sized tag.

Standard V-6 is more than several #8220;luxury#8221; standard fours.

Well-equipped, but not so.

Peace-of-mind 10-year powertrain


No hybrid or gas-sippy engine option.

car Cadenza has features not offered in Azera; offers a bit more and driving verve for about the money.


All come standard with a 293 hp 3.3 V-6 and six-speed automatic. The car can get to 60 in about 6.5 which is a speedy run.

interesting that a car like #8212; a car that costs $33k #8212; comes more engine #8212; in terms of displacement and power than cars like the BMW 3 (or 5 ) and the Mercedes C (or E ) sedans, which can as much as $20,000 more and are #8212; ostensibly #8212; cars. Those cars of them) come standard fours now #8212; and some of (like the 1.8 liter, 201 hp Benz are nearly 100 hp shy of what you get standard in the #8220;Hyundai#8221; Azera.

The Azera also outmuscles rivals like the Toyota (3.5 liters, 268 hp) as well as the Impala #8212; which standard with a 2.5 liter, 195 hp (a 3.6 liter, 305 hp V-6 is available #8212; but optional ).

So, what don#8217;t you

Good gas mileage.

The BMWs and the use turbo fours (and to deliver comparable 0-60 with EPA highway numbers in cases (3 series diesel, for well into the mid-40s.

The rates 20 city, 29 highway which isn#8217;t terrible .

just not great .

And it#8217;s odd in a way. The higher-priced cars mentioned can be a lot more economical to #8212; even if they are less economical to buy . A car like the loses some points on account #8212; especially in of the fact that more rivals like the Toyota can be ordered with a hybrid capable of exceptionally economical (40 city, 39 highway) or #8212; as in the of the #8217;14 Impala #8212; can be with a more frugal engine (25 city, 35 highway).

likely that Hyundai Kia, in the Cadenza) will this by 2015. A hybrid will almost certainly available #8212; and perhaps a too.

The current car does an #8220;Active Eco#8221; setting there#8217;s a driver-selectable button off to the of the steering wheel. When the transmission shifts into gear sooner to conserve and other engine operating are adjusted to maximize efficiency.

I could not tell the difference, either way.

However, one real fuel-saving attribute of the is that its engine is made to run on regular unleaded.

Premium isn#8217;t even recommended .

often the case (and the case with status-brand that powerful engines premium fuel only. The 20 or so per gallon difference in cost, vs. premium, will probably you more money than (or not pushing) the Active Eco button.

I dig that the Azera does not an Auto-Stop function #8212; a in my opinion, that probably more in the way of wear and tear saves you money on gas.

The Azera#8217;s engine pulls and without drama #8212; for it has been criticized by some reviewers. They forget, I that the Azera is supposed to be a car. Or more to the point, a car in many ways offers real luxury than the cars it was designed to undercut.

And could be more luxurious a bigger/stronger #8212; and quieter/smoother engine?

It used to be that you paid more for a car, you got under the hood.

Lately, you get

For instance, to get nearly 300 hp in a new BMW 3 sedan (a smaller car than the Hyundai) looking at $43,400 to start for the 335i. To get 300 hp in a BMW 5 (still smaller and less roomy inside than the Hyundai) you#8217;re up to .

Meanwhile, the standard turbo in cars like the above while fun to play with, if after that #8212; as calmly powerful (especially in the ranges of the RPM band) as a bigger not turbo#8217;d) V-6 as in the Azera. You hardly to exert pressure on the accelerator to get gratifying (and amply acceleration. Spur it lightly and off you go. Quietly, smoothly, without

It#8217;s rarely necessary to it faster than 3,500 RPM or so. is the chief virtue of a bigger than a smaller engine and having a big engine is one of the things used to define a luxury-touring

But don#8217;t expect the good to last.

The current Azera was in 2011 as a 2012 model. then, the federal government fuel economy mandatory (CAFE, in DC-speak) to 35.5 average . It is for this reason BMW, Benz #8212; and soon, Hyundai too #8212; been shedding bigger and thirstier #8212; sixxes in of smaller, fuel-sippy fours a Himalayan cat drops fur on the couch.

I expect the Azera update on deck for model year to involve either a smaller, powerful (but more standard engine #8212; the 3.3 liter six relegated to optional as is the case with the new Chevy Or there#8217;ll be a hybrid option, to out the CAFE averages.

One other point of order. The is, of course, a front-wheel-drive car. FWD vs. RWD is one of the few differences between #8220;status#8221; (BMWs, Benzes, et al ) and, not-status cars.

Hyundai is to horn in on that action of course #8212; with the RWD and Equus sedans.

But RWD isn#8217;t a plus.

Getting the power to the wheels means a driveshaft from the engine up front to an in the back. This means parts #8212; and more take up more space. All being equal, a FWD car will have more interior (and a larger trunk) an otherwise similar RWD car.

get into that in more below.

On the track . a RWD car has a handling over a FWD car, by dint of more even weight and because the drive wheels also the wheels that the car. But on the street . the FWD car has the traction #8212; especially if there#8217;s (or snow) on the road #8212; the engine pulls rather pushes the car and because the weight of the (and transmission) is pushing on the drive wheels, which them to bite better and less.

Hyundai (and are surely giving the Status heartburn. The initial knife-thrust was the Kia Optima #8212; which has like black velvet at an Elvis convention. I see them not Elvis paintings) everywhere.

Now the Azera (and its corporate the Kia Cadenza). Also striking-looking that shiv the Status on price. It is no coincidence that just launched a new #8220;under sedan #8212; the CLA.

Not you can buy a car like this for just $30k.

Now, granted, did some cribbing. The Jaguar tail-lights, for instance. The Chrysler 300 hood. And the Lexus LS-esque exhaust tips.

Doesn#8217;t detract from it good, does it? And the jaunty that sweeps upward the back doors to the trunk? uniquely Hyundai #8212; and Azera.

I mentioned earlier the advantage of the FWD layout vs. the RWD layout. The has slightly more legroom up than Hyundai#8217;s top-of-the-line RWD) Equus sedan 45.5 inches vs. 45.1 and nearly as much backseat #8212; 36.8 inches vs. #8212; as the physically much (196.3 inches long vs.

193.3 inches) Equus.

But how the Azera compare to its immediate

The Toyota Avalon and Chevy are both a bit larger on the outside the Azera, 195.3 inches for the Toytoa and 201.3 inches for the #8212; and give you a lot more legroom #8212; 39.8 for the Chevy and 39.2 for the Toyota. they#8217;re all …-friendly as far as the back go #8212; vastly more so RWD price (but not size)

The new Benz CLA, for instance, has 27.1 inches of second row

That#8217;s a difference you#8217;ll

Headroom in the back is also you#8217;ll notice. There#8217;s for someone well over six #8212; and that means for out of ten people.

I mentioned earlier the seats also come with heaters #8212; a touch, that. To get heated seats in the Avalon, you#8217;ve got to up to the Touring trim, which has a price of $35,500 #8212; higher than the Azera#8217;s price. The Impala doesn#8217;t rear heaters at all.

nice touches include the for the front seat adjusters, are not located where you can#8217;t see Hyundai emulated the premium it is working night and day to send to the factory by mounting them on the panels, where you can both see and them easily. At night, the are highlighted with ice-blue LED too.

The trunk is huge 16.3 cubic feet, than the Avalon#8217;s #8212; and the lid opens tall and wide. not quite as capacious as my mom#8217;s old Olds 98 #8212; but it#8217;s

All the Azera#8217;s controls are blessedly to comprehend and operate. For example, a single, hand-sized rotary to control the audio system#8217;s Push it to turn the radio off again to turn it back on. You the seats to heat? Push the marked) seat heater

No multiplexed menus; no mice no hassles. This is a clear point relative to the Status where the controls are often and awkward to operate.

One control does need updating, is the cruise control. It#8217;s a system that will try to whatever speed you set. But if you up on traffic #8212; or find rolling down a hill the system can#8217;t adjust speed accordingly. You have to brake to avoid running up on the of the slower car ahead of you #8212; or to the car from building up too much when descending a steep

Adaptive cruise control which is pretty much in higher-end cars these #8212; uses radar sensors to detect the presence of and automatically decreases (and increases) your vehicle#8217;s to match the ebb and flow of traffic. And to you from getting nabbed in a trap at the bottom of a hill.

The of adaptive cruise control even as an option #8212; is one of the few areas where the Azera#8217;s not up to snuff.

Some cars obnoxious buzzers that you if you elect not to wear your The Azera has an overly-cheerful syrupy thing that plays you start #8212; or stop the engine. It only lasts a few but it gets old after awhile.

I whether it can be turned off.

this #8212; and the lack of Cruise Control #8212; is an impressive car for the money.

And otherwise.


I#8217;ll take a at an Oldsmobile price any day of the week.

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