Monday, May 21, 2012

Review: 2012 Hyundai Azera

Hyundai has really gone upscale this time with it's latest redesign of the Azera. My first impression of the vehicle was WOW!
I have been following the release of the Azera for a few years now we of course have seen the pictures, but it really does look stunning in person. The "Grand Slide" edition of Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" is simply gorgeous and will get a lot of stares. Some favorite styling cues are the brushed nickel outline of the greenhouse silhouette, Chrome trim for door handles, and integrated dual exhaust. The body lines really are amazing but the best is the kick up back line starting just before the rear quarter panel. I also love the double stitching on the steering wheel!

The interior is just as delightful as the exterior sheet metal. Every angle has been carefully designed to please the eye and all the materials feel very very refined - almost above Equus quality.  One of my favorite touches to the interior is the soft touch leather. This might sound like an exaggeration but it is the nicest feeling leather I have felt. If you look closely you will also see excellent attention to detail and the fit and finish is well above par for this category. Little brushed metal tags on the door panels stamps the high quality impression into your mind that you are in a vehicle that was designed with luxury in mind.

The new Azera is packed with cool technology too. Ambient lighting along the carbon fiber dash inserts and extend to the doer panels and even continue into the back seats. Rear air conditioning, rear heated seats and now optional side shades (very Equus) and rear shaded keep things comfortable inside as a rear passenger, while the front passenger enjoy automatic climate control, heated and cooled front seats, and solar glass to ensure just the right temperature.

Navigation, Bluetooth, back-up camera, and USB/AUX/iPOD are all standard features now for the 2012 Azera debut. LED "eyebrows" and "halos" for the HID headlights dress up the front end at night and offer better safety in the daytime - they will get you noticed. Of course Hyundai's new Bluelink is standard in each Azera which activates more features like, talk-to-text, restaurant ratings, location sharing, and remote start from your smart phone.

On the road is where the Azera is the most impressive. The Azera is quiet, capable, and very comfortable. The 293 HP gets up and moves through all 6 smooth gear shifts. The Sonata Turbo has 274 HP and will feel faster than the Azera when the turbo kicks in but the Azera delivers smooth, strong power all through it's RPM range. Handling is great with a very neutral feel thanks to motor-driven power steering. Braking is confident and turning is stable as well. All around this is a really really nice vehicle.

This is my favorite Hyundai right now. The price is very competitive for it's market comparing against the Maxima, Avalon, ES350, TL, and LaCrosse. The Hyundai America's Best Warranty doubles and triples anyone else and gives you 5 years of unlimited roadside assistance. Hyundai as usual hit a home run!

If you know someone that is interested in an Azera or any new Hyundai send them my way. I will send you a $50 gift certificate to use in our service department. We also have a huge pre-owned vehicle inventory!

Joe Macedone



Tires and Wheels
  • Painted alloy wheels
  • 18 x 7.5 in. wheels
  • Steel spare wheel
  • P245/45R18 94V tires
  • All season tires
  • Inside mounted spare tire
  • Temporary spare tire
Roof and Glass
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Rear defogger
  • Width: 73.2 in.
  • Height: 57.9 in.
  • Length: 193.3 in.
  • Front track: 63.2 in.
  • Rear track: 63.3 in.
  • Wheel base: 112.0 in.
  • Cargo capacity, all seats in place: 16.3 cu.ft.
  • EPA interior volume: 123.1 cu.ft.
  • Gross weight: 4785 lbs.
  • Curb weight: 3605 lbs.
Exterior Options
  • Wheel Locks
  • Mudguards


Engine & Performance
  • Base engine size: 3.3 L
  • Cam type: Double overhead cam (DOHC)
  • Cylinders: V6
  • Valves: 24
  • Valve timing: Variable
  • Direct injection
  • Torque: 255 ft-lbs. @ 5200 rpm
  • Horsepower: 293 hp @ 6400 rpm
  • Turning circle: 36.5 ft.
  • Base engine type: gas
  • Drive type: front wheel drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • Front and rear stabilizer bar
  • Fuel type: gas
  • Fuel type: regular unleaded
  • Fuel tank capacity: 18.5 gal.
  • Range in miles (cty/hwy): 370.0/536.5 mi.
  • EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 20/29 mpg


Safety & Security
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Dual front and dual rear side-mounted airbags
  • Child seat anchors
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Daytime running lights
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Front fog/driving lights
  • Auto delay off headlamps
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • 2 front headrests
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Rear center 3-point belt
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Turn signal mirrors
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Emergency interior trunk release
  • Rear height adjustable headrests
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Emergency Service*
  • Airbag Deployment Notification*
  • Vehicle Alarm notification*
  • Stolen Vehicle Tracking/Assistance*
Safety & Security Options
  • First Aid Kit


  • Basic: 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
  • Drivetrain: 10 yr./ 100000 mi.


Front Seats
  • Front head room: 40.3 in.
  • Front hip room: 54.6 in.
  • Front leg room: 45.5 in.
  • Front shoulder room: 58.3 in.
  • Multi-level heating passenger seat
  • 8 -way power passenger seat
  • 10 -way power driver seat
  • Passenger seat with manual adjustable lumbar support
  • Multi-level heating driver seat
  • Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Leather
  • Bucket front seats
Rear Seats
  • Split-folding rear seatback
  • Folding with storage center armrest
  • Rear ventilation ducts
Power Features
  • Remote power door locks
  • Power mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • 2 one-touch power windows
  • Cruise control
  • Front console with storage
  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Overhead console with storage
  • Remote trunk release
  • Front seatback storage
  • Speed-proportional power steering
  • Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
  • 12V front and 12V rear power outlet(s)
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • Rear view
  • Hands-Free Calling*
  • Roadside Assistance*
  • Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)*
  • Interior air filtration
  • Dual zone climate controls - driver and passenger
  • Cooled storage compartment
  • Trunk light
  • Simulated alloy trim on center console
  • Leatherette trim on doors
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Leather trim on shift knob
  • Leather and simulated alloy steering wheel
  • Turn signal in mirrors
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
  • Clock
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer
  • Low fuel level warning
  • Compass
In Car Entertainment
  • Element antenna
  • 7 total speakers
  • AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD MP3 Playback stereo
  • Sirius XM satellite radio
  • Auxiliary audio input and iPod integration
  • 1 subwoofer(s)
  • 3 Months of provided satellite radio service
  • USB connection
  • Flash memory based display w/voice activation and directions navigation system
  • Pre-wired for phone
  • Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone
  • Real time traffic
Interior Options
  • iPod Cable
  • Carpeted Floor Mats
  • Cargo Net
  • Cargo Tray
  • Option Group 01


  • Technology Package