2007 Hyundai Azera Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Hyundai Azera: Tale of the Tape

January 22, 2007

In past entries, I have bemoaned the unnecesary technological advancements, noise makers, bells and whistles and assorted geegaws that take away the simple pleasure of driving, the fact that one needs to refer to the manual simply to start and drive a car. To me, for someone who has been driving for 20-odd years, it should be fairly simple to take a car for the weekend and enjoy it without needing to refer to the manual for the most basic features. I'm not talking nav and DVD and all that. Listening to the radio, turning on the lights, putting the car in gear, that sort of thing... Basic things.

Thus I was blessed to drive the 2007 Hyundai Azera. The controls were simple and well laid out, the dash was easy to read, and all the controls were right at the reach of my fingertips. Too cold? How about that "Temp ^" control? It even had a TAPE DECK. I was in heaven.

It was glorious. Fast-forward, rewind, seek. And the Infinity sound system was great. I made a quick and spirited drive up the PCH to Malibu on Sunday, accompanied by Jimmy Page's exquisite guitar solo on the live version of "No Quarter." Heaven. Sunroof open (simple rocker switch), transmission in D due to a simple lever, tasteful wood accents throughout the cabin and comfy leather seats. Just drive and smell the ocean and let Jimmy do that voodoo that he do so well. Bravo Hyundai.

Doug Lloyd, Copy Editor, at 6,745 miles

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