On the market since 2006, the Hyundai Azera is a large, five-passenger front-wheel drive sedan. The Azera slots between the Sonata and Genesis sedans in the Hyundai model line order.
Hyundai Azera Overview
Hyundai offers the Azera as a bridge between its mainstream and premium models. Throughout its two-generation run, the Hyundai Azera has come well equipped and is available in standard and Limited editions. All models have alloy wheels, power folding and heated side mirrors, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, heated and ventilated front seats and navigation.
The earliest Azera models were powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai later added a 3.3-liter V6 engine that makes 263 horsepower. The second generation model, introduced in 2011, currently offers only the smaller engine, now rated at 293 horsepower and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Azera is EPA-rated at 20/29 mpg city/highway and takes regular grade gasoline.
The standard Azera is equipped with automatic projector headlights, daytime running lights, front fog lights, LED taillights and a hands-free smart trunk, which automatically opens when approaching the sedan from the rear with the key fob on your person. Dual-zone automatic climate control, power accessories, power front seats, heated rear seats, leather seating, a 14-speaker audio system with subwoofer, USB and auxiliary input jacks and a telematics system are standard. HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity are included.
The Azera Limited adds HID Xenon headlights and LED front fog lights. This edition also includes a panoramic tilt-and-slide sunroof, manual rear window sunshades, a power rear window sunshade and interior ambient lighting.
Interior room is very good and offers generous head, shoulder and legroom as befitting a large sedan. All models have a driver seat cushion extension. The trunk, measuring 16.3 cubic feet, is about average for this segment. The 60/40 split-folding rear seat offers expanded storage capacity.
Standard safety features include a rearview camera, a suite of air bags including a driver’s knee air bag, an anti-lock brake system, stability and traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and lane change assist. The Limited edition includes a rear parking assist system, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and forward collision warning.
Competing models include the Ford Taurus, Nissan Maxima, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, and the Toyota Avalon. The Azera Limited is equipped to compete with premium models, including the Chrysler 300, Lexus ES 350 and Buick LaCrosse.