2013 Hyundai Azera Video Review
The Hyundai Azera offers a lot of style for a full-size sedan, especially when you consider how conservative most of its competitors are. Now, beneath that style is essentially a very sensible run-of-the-mill big sedan that offers a lot of value.
Its single trim level costs around $32,000, which makes it one of the most expensive full-size sedans. But, unlike most competitors, just about everything is standard. Leather, heated front and rear seats, and even a navigation system are all standard.
This particular car has the only option: the $4,000 Technology package that adds higher end luxury features like ventilated seats, sunshades and this panoramic sunroof.
Here in the cabin, the materials quality is really no better than that of its cheaper competitors, but the more dramatic look makes it feel more special. There is some form over function going on here, but it's still easy to figure things out given how much stuff there is. This touchscreen has these nice big buttons and the Bluetooth system is easy to pair and use.
This is a full-size sedan and space is important. I'm 6-foot-3 and I've got plenty of room back here. Up front, the seat could be more comfortable room, but the room is good and the driver seat cushion extender is a nice touch.
As for the trunk, it's huge at 16.3 cubic feet. That's the same as the Toyota Avalon, but less than the colossal Ford Taurus.
Hyundai keeps it simple with only one engine choice, a 293-horsepower V6 that delivers quick acceleration for the segment. Fuel economy is just average at 23 mpg combined.
In terms of safety, it received the highest possible rating of "Good" in the Insurance Institute's frontal-offset, side and roof strength crash tests.
From behind the wheel, it's frankly ... unmemorable. It's quiet, the handling is predictable, and in general it delivers what you'd expect from a full-size sedan. There're really no surprises here for better or worse.
If you are looking for something a little more engaging, the Chrysler 300 would be a good alternative. Ford's Taurus and Fusion are also worth a look, along with the refined Toyota Avalon.
As for the Azera, its combination of style and value makes it a good choice, but it would be nice if there was a cheaper trim with fewer features. For more information about the Hyundai Azera and all its competitors, go to Edmunds.com.