2007 Hyundai Azera Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Hyundai Azera: At One With the World

August 03, 2007

Although my tastes have veered toward higher-strung cars lately, somehow the type-B Hyundai Azera never disappoints me. When I got into it last night, I was coming off a stint in a modified Mazdaspeed 3 (story coming soon), probably the meanest front-driver on the market and a car that would try to devour the Azera whole if given the chance. Yet, I was immediately content in the Azera.

I've decided it must be because although this car isn't without flaws, the people who built it took pains to ensure that its various components functioned harmoniously.

Its steering ratio, for example, seems perfectly matched to the capabilities of the chassis -- it never feels too slow or too quick. The brake pedal calibration is similarly ideal -- it doesn't bite hard at the top of the travel (Infiniti G35) nor does it make you press all the way through to get substantive response (Ford Edge).

These little things make all the difference: Because I feel confident in how the Azera will react to inputs, I can sit back in its wide, well-cushioned seats and relax all the way to my destination -- in this case, Abbot's Pizza. Not all big sedans put me at this level of ease.

Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor, 14,792 miles

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