2012 Hyundai Azera Review
Spending some time with Hyundai's near-luxury sedan.No Comments
The car isn't a road rocket, but merging and highway passing aren't problems.
Hyundai has been expanding upmarket of late, and while the original Azera was an attempt to tap into the near-luxury market, it wasn't quite on target--hence the 2012 redesign.
Hyundai likes to tout its 'fluidic sculpture' designs, and after seeing how 'fluidic design' turned the Sonata mid-size sedan into a looker, Hyundai went back to the well with the Azera.
The Azera shares a lot of its architecture with the slightly smaller Sonata. It looks a bit like the Sonata and shares some driving dynamics, but it's not exactly the same car. It offers all the amenities that one would expect in this class--amenities that Sonata doesn't necessarily have.
What is a problem is steering feel. While the Azera has good road manners and competent handling skills, the steering itself feels vague and way too lightweight/over-boosted. The low-effort steering is great at parking lot speeds, but there is no communication in hard cornering. It generally helps to know what the tires are doing, but the Azera insists on keeping that a state secret.
In terms of ride, the Azera is comfy, if a bit on the soft side. That's not surprising in the near-luxury class.
Cabin materials are class-appropriate, and the ambiance generally feels upscale.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Drive Wheels: Front-wheel-drive
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Base Price: $32,000
Available Features: dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, navigation system, heated front seats, rearview camera, heated rear seats, keyless entry and starting, rear-obstacle detection, power tilt/telescope steering wheel, ventilated front seats, panoramic sunroof.