2007 Hyundai Azera Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Hyundai Azera From AZ

April 23, 2007

Turns out there was a NASCAR race in Phoenix this weekend -- that made my drive home just lovely. I've never seen so many RVs on a stretch of road in my life, and I saw four towing Saturn VUEs, which led me to believe there was a promotion going on a Bob Rohrman's RV Park. The drive back was therefore more than an hour longer than the drive there, but I did get to fine-tune the acquired (but loathsome) skill of passing on the right, whilst dodging house-sized vehicles driven by senior citizens.

And speaking of older folks, I must admit that I found myself at one point driving through Palm Springs, in a Hyundai Azera and listening to Dean Martin's Greatest Hits. To make matters worse, my turn signal was blinking for a good 5 minutes (it's awfully quiet and hidden behind the wheel rim). Come to think of it, my back was also a little sore and I had a nagging urge to watch "Jeopardy!" I must be aging in dog years.

Anyway, last post I mentioned the Azera's good visibility due to its low-beltline. Well, I discovered a more literal belt line -- a horizontal black line presumably caused by too many belt-wearing drivers. Larry King obviously hasn't been driving it much.

It's been a while since I've driven a car without either satellite radio or an MP3 auxiliary jack. Not a huge deal (I became reacquainted with my CD collection), but it seems like a glaring omission in the Azera's otherwise ample feature content. My parents are in the Azera's demographic and I know they would miss the presense of satellite radio and an iPod connection.

As a fun side note, I couldn't help but notice that the A in the Azera's font seems to be inspired by the symbol for Earth in the Stargate movie and TV shows.

These are just some of the things I think about on a 6-hour, non-stop, RV-filled solo road trip. I also came up with a solution to gun control, figured out the plot to "Ocean's Twelve" and developed a recipe for orange bundt cake. Unfortunately, I've run out of room.

James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 11,278 miles

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