If you like a roomy sedan, with loads of standard features, the new second-generation Hyundai Azera is worthy of your attention.
The 2012 Azera is loaded with features, starting with a great fuel-economy power plant in its 3.3-liter, direct injection V6 engine.
Azera has plenty of get-up-and-go from the start line, and you can feel the horses under the hood ready at the beckon for a burst while passing. In short, Azera has all the acceleration you need for around-town driving, and plenty of giddy-up for comfortable cruising on the interstate.
Azera’s six-speed transmission roamed through the gears admirably, allowing for smooth and quick transitions for the driver and riders alike.
As always, drivers appreciate a vehicle like Azera, which boasts best-in-class power output to boot. And, the front wheel drive is not only responsive, but should be a plus for Wisconsin drivers who have to contend with slick winter driving conditions.
With its sleek, streamlined angles, the Azera looks like a stylish big brother to the popular Sonata. In fact, sales consultant Phil Aiello of Van Horn Hyundai labeled the Azera a “Sonata on steroids.”
“It’s a spanking new car and a pretty exciting one at that. We have only had them available for three or four weeks.
The standard feature package includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED accent lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a navigation system, a rearview camera, BlueLink telematics and a seven-speaker CD player with satellite radio, USB/auxiliary audio inputs and iPod integration.
The safety-minded Azera has already earned accolades for its safety features. Added as standard in the Azera is a ninth air bag, designed to cushion the knees of passengers in case of sudden impact.
While the standard package starts around $32,000, motorists considering the Azera can lick their chops over a stylish set of options to give their new vehicle even more of an upscale feel.
Options for the Azera include Options include 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a sunroof, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver seat memory functions, a power rear sunshade, manual side sunshades, ventilated front seats and an Infinity 12-speaker premium audio upgrade.
And, the sunroof isn’t just one of those little cutouts. It’s a full panoramic roof, comparable to the one on the sporty Hyundai Veloster.
Rated as one of the most fuel efficient sedans in its class, Azera boasts a 29 mile per gallon fuel efficiency on the open road and 20 miles per gallon in the city.
Since I usually cruise in my vehicle with XM radio or an iPod in play, Azera seems to fit all those needs and more.
But when test driving, I always look for quiet and comfort, and on both of those qualities Azera scores high.
You might say taking a spin in the Azera was as comfortable as a ride in my very own desk chair. The roominess of the sedan, including ample head room which is always a concern for drivers with bigger frames, offered that comfort comparison.
Indeed Azera was pleasurable ride, and with all it’s other features, a worthy entrant into the competitive sedan market.
Overall, if you are looking for a sedan that offers comfort, luxury, safety and value, the Hyundai Azera should be one of your first considerations.