November 13, 2007
Our 2007 Hyundai Azera is finishing up its stint in our long-term fleet. We've had some tangles with a hard-to-clean leather seat and a fallen-apart mirror but for the most part we've had warm thoughts about this car. A lot of us were surprised by its lux features "for a Hyundai" -- seat heaters, refined door jambs, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and a wood-accented interior -- and how comfortable it was to drive. While others felt like there were some quality issues that still needed to be addressed... Keep an eye out for a future wrap-up to see if this car will be missed.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 18,449 miles
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
July 27, 2007
Last night I noticed that the Azera's accelerator was starting to feel a bit sticky. When I drove it last (possibly May), I recall it being nothing but smooth and happy to dig into those 263 horses. On the stickymeter, it's not that bad, but anything that starts to remotely feel like the crap can Chevy Cavalier I had to drive in driver's ed makes me perk up with concern.
I also noticed a rattle emanating from the rear parcel shelf.
It doesn't happen a lot and seems to be caused by the odd deep note from the subwoofer embedded in the parcel shelf. Mind you, I guess if I was listening to Xzibit rather than talk radio it would've been slightly more problematic. I'll check back when I can find some X to the Z to cruise in the A to the Z with.
James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 14,479 miles
May 07, 2007
Though most of us here at Edmunds.com feel that our long-term Azera Limited (with the optional Ultimate Package) packs plenty of value, there is a less-expensive way to get into Hyundai's flagship. Specifically, the company recently announced a mid-2007 introduction the new Azera GLS.
Rather than the 263-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 in the Azera SE and Limited, the GLS has a 234-hp, 3.3-liter V6. (This is the same engine that's used in the Sonata V6.) The GLS also doesn't have as many features or available options, but its $24,895 MSRP is $3,100 less than the Azera Limited's most up-to-date MSRP.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor, Edmunds.com, 11,750 miles
May 04, 2007
We've been blogging about our long-term 2007 Hyundai Azera for about four months now. Overall, it has been garnering considerable praise. (Using a bit of office downtime, I tallied the car's critical blog posts. I counted 18 positive, 3 negative. Our Ford Edge has to be jealous.)
If Hyundai would tidy up the suspension tuning, get the transmission to downshift a little more quickly and add an auxiliary audio input jack, the Azera would really be a no-complaints car.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor, Edmunds.com
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.
March 07, 2007
Among its many fine points the Hyundai Azera offers a clip to hold the gas cap during fill ups. These were once found only on premium cars, but they are becoming more common every year. Still, I'm surprised how often I pull open a fuel door, untwist the cap and then find there's nothing to do with it but let it bang and slide along the car's paint. Not on the Azera. Add this to the car's "quiet, smooth, comfortable and quick" list of accolades.
Karl Brauer, Editor in Chief, Edmunds.com @ 8,750 miles
February 14, 2007
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!
OK, you've found me out, I was just looking for an excuse to post Nicholas' picture. Still, we did use the Hyundai Azera to get mommy a nice gift.
January 28, 2007
Power folding side mirrors - granted, they don't make the Hyundai Azera as luxurious as a box of See's candy but it is a nice feature on a sub-$30k car. Those mirrors plus the power rear sunshade makes me think the car is more like a Hershey's bar... with almonds. Hey, don't mock me, Hershey is good stuff.
Ahhh, the pampering of a Mobil automatic car wash, now the Azera is ready for her close-up.
You can't underestimate color choice when it comes to new cars.
Think about it, isn't "What color did you get?" like the first or second question most people ask when you get a new car? Our Azera is Venetian Blue and I think that color only adds to the car's near luxury persona.
Brian Moody @ 7,558 miles.
January 09, 2007
Here's the scenario: I'm working at home (I know, I know - World's smallest violin) and the company cell phone goes dead. All I have is a cigarette lighter charge cord and my wits. What to do? Here's a hint.
Out I trot to my driveway, where the Azera is encamped, with power cord in hand. As I half-expected, there isn't any juice behind the cigarette lighter with the ignition off. But what about the others? No, that's not a Lost reference. I'm off in search of the Azera's other two power points.