2007 Hyundai Azera Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Hyundai Azera Improvements

January 08, 2007

Most everyone who has driven or ridden in our 2007 Hyundai Azera long term test car has come away impressed at the level of feature content. Even so, in my first stint behind the wheel of this year's model, I've noticed a few welcome improvements from when it was introduced last year.

As with our long term Sonata, the steering wheel mounted audio controls were a love/hate affair. We loved the fact that it had them, but hated the lack of any way to change the channel or skip a CD track.

The following shot from our 2006 Hyunda Azera full test shows that 3 of 4 buttons are devoted to volume:

But lo and behold, if you look at our 2007 long-termer, you can see that a couple of buttons have been added.

Sure it looks a bit like an accordian, but they fall neatly under the fingertips when needed, yet don't impede steering. And now those front-mounted arrow buttons allow me to step through station presets or change a CD track. If held down longer, until a beep is heard, they turn into seek buttons. And they're lit at night. Oh wonderous joy!

The other improvement is harder to photograph. It seems to me, and I'm the one who complained loudest about or 2006 full test car, that the front seat has been dropped a half-inch or so. No longer brushing the headliner with my hair or looking through the tint band, my eye-point through the windshield seems OK. I have not had Hyundai confirm that any change was made, but it would seem so. Or I've shrunk. I'll pass on any additional info I learn.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,422 miles

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