October 15, 2007
This weekend we found ourselves at the local Scandinavian furniture retailer (you know the one) looking for furniture that would make us appear more stylish and organized. Alright, so we went for the cheap hot dogs and pickled herring. But, as luck would have it, we also ended up buying some furniture.
As expected, everything we bought came in a series of flat-pack boxes. Upon wheeling the cart full of boxes out to the car, I realized that I might have made my life a little bit more difficult by bringing our long term 2007 Hyundai Azera along for the ride. Because the boxes weren't that bulky I was sure I could fit everything in the car, but I wasn't sure I could fit all that Scandinavian sensibility in the trunk. These days, trunks just never seem to hold what you think they should what with all their braces, sound equipment and wheel arches taking away a lot of usable space.
It's not the end of the world, but I'm not real big on having nearly 200 pounds of unsecured fiberboard and glass furniture floating around inside the cabin with me, but I didn't think I'd have a choice.
I figured I'd start with the trunk and once that was full, I'd stuff the rest in the back seat and hit the road. When I stopped I was surprised to see that there was still a little room left in the trunk. I thought about going back into the store to get some more herring, but decided to shut the trunk before it all fell out and headed for home.
The trunk in the Azera is enormous. Whatever the engineers did to keep the rear suspension and chassis odds and ends from robbing valuable cargo space really worked. There's tons of room and there's no need to be a Tetris wizard to pack the trunk full of stuff. Kudos, Hyundai.
Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 16,924 miles
September 24, 2007
Here's a simple device that made grocery hauling (not shown) better this weekend. It kept my milk from floating around in the trunk.
Why don't all cars have one of these?
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 16,347 miles
June 04, 2007
With 16.6 cubic feet of room, the Hyundai Azera has one of the larger trunks in the full-size sedan category. I had to lug home a small table after a trip downtown to a warehouse furniture sale this weekend. A small table in a large trunk? Sounds like a no-brainer.
Brimming with optimism, I anticipated that the Hyundai Azera's lushly sized hind parts would be more than capable of meeting this challenge.
Um, not quite. Huge as the car's trunk is, the table was a bit too tall to allow the trunk to close securely once inside. I could have taken advantage of the Azera's split-folding rear seats and tried placing the table lengthwise on its side, but I was worried that doing so might cause it to roll around and get scratched. In its favor, though, the Azera's rear seats were really easy to fold, falling face-down with just a gentle nudge forward.
What to do? Fortunately the Azera has spacious back seats and I had no passengers traveling in rear. The table easily fit in the back seat, allowing it to enjoy scenic vistas of depressed, graffiti-ridden downtown Los Angeles neighborhoods as I made my way home.
March 25, 2007
Girl Scout cookie season ended this past Sunday, but before they closed the gates to the "Cookie Cupboard," our troop needed to pick up one more box. Our Brownie troop sold 1,499 boxes of cookies, so I went back to the cupboard one last time to even our score.
The long-term Kia Sedona tackled the initial run to the warehouse, swallowing 98 cases of cookies, but for one box, I decided our Hyundai Azera was up to the task.
One box of Samoas looks awfully lonely resting in the Azera's 16.6-cubic foot trunk.
Kelly Toepke, Manager of Vehicle Testing at 9,561 miles