Review: 2012 Hyundai Azera (vs. LaCrosse and Taurus) | The Truth About Cars

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At first glance, the new looks much like the The current fashion in semi-premium front-wheel-drive sedans pairs a rounded front clip a roofline that cleanly all the way from a point far ahead of the to one near the trailing edge of an higher decklid. Despite fenders whose convolutions late 50s American iron, the is the sleekest and most athletically of the bunch (LaCrosse, 2013 2013 ES, 2013 MKZ).

The Compared to the others, it’s a to a different era when sedans composed of three distinct The Azera also has a strong resemblance to the Sonata (and the Elantra), but looks appropriately and more expensive.

The Azera’s isn’t quite a match for of a Lexus ES. Compared to the Buick and the though, the Azera is a clear (or three) up. Everything inside the big looks and feels tight and

The leather on the seats has a soft, hand. Inside the Ford, the and secondary controls look and clunky in comparison. The 2013 adds MyFord Touch with reconfigurable instruments, but left the interior largely Ford of Europe clearly had no in this one.

Inside the the dash-to-door fits are abysmal and the used to mold the doors and doesn’t look enough leather to pull off the embedded (at least not in the tested tan). The faux timber is even convincing. This interior just a couple of years but today a Hyundai outclasses it.

the Azera doesn’t fare as well. The shift knob’s black plastic gets hot in the The Benz-like seat-shaped seat are too far forward on the doors. The center employs buttons for key audio and functions that would be easier to operate with (No, a gigantic volume knob isn’t sufficient

My least favorite aspect of the the view forward from the seat. The rake and position of the yield a header that’s close for comfort. The instrument flows upward over an executed ridge to the base of the The trailing edge of the hood is still, such that the driver seat you see little the undersides of its uplifted corners.

Pulling into a parking involves far too much guesswork. obstacle detection would be helpful, but isn’t offered.) even an inch from the height would work Yet the Azera’s windows only small until you drive one of the The Buick has an even deeper panel and what must be the A-pillars in sedandom.

The Ford, inches longer, three wider, and three inches but with no more room in the seat, feels like a bunker on wheels.

Unless bothered by forward-positioned headrests (I am) the front seats are comfortable and Those in the Buick and Ford smaller, less luxurious, and tailored. The rear seat of the like that of the Buick, is for tall people who have of their height in their Despite the Ford’s much exterior, it provides much space for rear seat to stretch out.

But it does the largest trunk, 20 cubic to the Azera’s 16. In this last the LaCrosse is the clear loser in V6 form. The eAssist’s 10-cube could be a deal-….

Most cars in this are motivated by 3.5- or 3.6-liter V6 The 2011 Azera straddled the offering both a 260-horsepower 3.3 and a 3.8. For 2012 the 3.8 is reserved for the Genesis, but the 3.3 gets direct a bump to 293 horsepower, and a cover to make it appear longitudinally (well to the right of center).

engines generally underperform specs, but paired with a automatic the 3.3 feels sufficiently off the line. Spurred over rpm it moves the big sedan plenty and sounds far more upscale the Sonata’s turbo four in the The Buick and Ford V6s are about as but the latter is far less refined in and feel. (I actually drove the with eAssist this around. It’s inexcusably for a $30,000+ car.

Combine with the tiny trunk, and I’m they sell any.) My gripe with the Hyundai’s power delivery sometimes the sort of surges and lulls often experienced with a engine.

With the smallest and lowest curb weight, the delivers the best fuel of the three: 20 city 29 highway vs. for the Buick and 19/29 for the Taurus. The big trip computer reported better figures in my driving, low in the suburbs and 31 on a highway run to the airport.

Acceptable numbers, but not the company’s effort.

Hyundai took its risk with ride The Azera’s suspension tuning, not as aggressive as that of an Acura TL or Maxima, is considerably firmer and tightly damped than in the Buick and especially the Ford. On roads the Hyundai’s ride smooth and composed, but on others it thumpy and feels lumpy.

The Package’s lower profile wheels probably don’t The suspension especially struggles expansion joints and other road surface imperfections. The steering is heavier than the in the Buick and Ford (but has a few of off-putting on-center slack).

Do differences deliver a sportier experience? Relatively speaking, but the end result feels close but not there. I’d rather drive the than the LaCrosse or the Taurus, but not fun the way a Maxima or TL can be. (Granted, the TL I tested had the advantage of SH-AWD and the Maxima had a package.) Unlike the Buick, and Acura, the Azera is not available all-wheel-drive.

Derek had a big issue wind noise. Perhaps my ears are older, I noticed a little, in the vicinity of the windshield at highway speeds. I noticed road noise, but not much of on most roads, either.

There are quieter cars in the but the Hyundai is in the ballpark and generally upscale sedan.

The tested $36,875 list price the $4,000 Technology Package wheels, huge panoramic Xenons, uprated audio, front seats with and thigh extension for the driver, cool blue interior lighting, rear obstacle Pretty steep for a front-wheel-drive yet very reasonable compared to

Based on TrueDelta’s car price tool. a similarly loaded is about $3,700 more adjusting for feature differences and $2,400 more afterwards. The might seem out of place in group, but it’s priced even with the Buick. A Avalon is priced even

An Acura TL is about seven more than the Hyundai a $1,650 adjustment in the Azera’s for feature differences), and a Lexus ES 350 is eight.

But what about the Why pay a lot more for a couple more of wheelbase (all of which into rear legroom), a more cylinders, an upgraded and snazzier styling? Well, you pay a lot more, at least not if you can live the Technology Package’s panoramic and high-watt audio system.

A Sonata 2.0T Limited nav undercuts the otherwise similarly base Azera by a mere

The new Hyundai Azera isn’t It would benefit from a cowl, less intrusive more polished powertrain less on-center slack in its and a less lumpy ride. But it suffers from being so in most ways that you why it couldn’t be a little bit better.

direct competitor is actually Compared to the Buick LaCrosse and Taurus, the Azera is superior in every way. It’s not as as an Acura TL or Nissan Maxima, but it more luxurious and upscale either. It’s not quite as as a Lexus ES, but it’s also below a Toyota.

If fact, not priced much higher a loaded Sonata. Anyone one of these cars should check out the Azera.

Carol of Art Moran Buick in Southfield, MI, the LaCrosse. She can be reached at 248-353-9000.

Cianciolo of Avis Ford in MI, provided the Taurus. He can be reached at

Michael Karesh owns and TrueDelta. an online source of pricing and reliability data.

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