Review: Hyundai Azera perfectly parked in large sedan segment – Los Angeles Times

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Hyundai Azera

Review: Hyundai Azera parked in large sedan

Hyundai has taken the time to an interior and exterior worth off, and the 2012 Azera’s challenges the engine for title of car’s best feature.

several years of neglect, is now paying this segment attention with its 2012 Slotting above the company’s Sonata but below the European-hunting sedan, the relaunch of the $32,875 foretells of a battle in the large segment.

Both Chevrolet and brands used the recent New auto show to introduce redesigned and rethought versions of large sedans, the Impala and respectively. Those models in 2013 and look to shake up competitors such as Buick’s LaCrosse, Ford’s improving and Nissan’s sporty-but-aging Maxima.

Thus, Hyundai’s new Azera is with a challenge; beat the available now at their own game anticipating what’s ahead.

The which was last made in has all the trademarks of the large sedan It has a V-6 engine routing power to the wheels via an automatic transmission. The engine is direct-injected for efficiency and has 293 and 255 pound-feet of torque.

The engine is one of the highlights of the Azera; power is modulated and is more than for a car this size, with to 60 mph coming in 6.6 seconds, according to Trend.

The engine is quiet under every circumstance, but like shy kid in the back of chorus, it really when encouraged. Meanwhile, the transmission does its job ably, slipping it into manual reveals some hesitancy to gears.

Fuel economy on the is rated at 20 miles per gallon in the and 29 on the highway. Over 300 miles of in slightly more city than on the highway, it revealed an of 19 mpg.

The rest of the driving is pleasantly subdued. The suspension is yet firm; the body rolls corners in an expected yet not alarming and wind and road noise are hushed.

The Azera’s biggest drawback for is the car’s electric power This isn’t the first Hyundai has brought to market a new with a steering system feels unnecessarily synthetic and from what the front are really doing. A similar plagued the recent Hyundai and it haunts this Azera, in tight, last-second maneuvers you want all the control the car can possibly

Given that Hyundai tweaks even the minutiae of its engineering, this repeated is surprising.

But what Hyundai has the time to engineer is an interior and worth showing off.

The Azera’s body challenges the for title of this car’s feature. Even the harshest of Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture theme should admit this is arguably the best-looking in the automaker’s showroom.

It takes design language and applies it in a complete manner. The flowing is confident without resorting to embellishments to get attention.

This car have no trouble standing out the rest of the large sedan both now and when those models roll into the The sleek rear of the Azera and its oriented taillights are oddly to that of the 2013 Toyota but with a flourish of style absent from the Toyota.

The interior doesn’t match the of the exterior, though not for lack of The cabin wins plaudits for its construction. Quality materials and they’re held together tolerances usually reserved for a class of vehicle.

That feel is supplemented by the standard navigation system that is one of the easiest to use in the industry.

Buyers who solace in a warm interior with (usually fake) trim should note Azera’s take on budget errs on the more modernist and uses faux carbon and faux brushed metal instead.

While everything is held nicely, the layout of the buttons is a bit with symmetry and aesthetics over logic. This the driver in search of a button isn’t where reason it should be, and this can be a frustrating

Additional consternation may result as from the lack of a dedicated screen for the climate control. You can it up on the navigation screen, but if you’re that display for something directions or for the stereo, you have no how and where the climate control is

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