2007 Hyundai Azera Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Hyundai Azera: Hyundai's Response to Why the Lid Doesn't Pop

September 13, 2007

So remember that post I did complaining about our 2007 Hyundai Azera's non-popping trunk lid? Well, Hyundai PR called me up to explain that the key fob's button is designed to do just that: unlock and release the trunk lid. He said that the lid doesn't "fling open" because that's how it is in "refined cars." "Well, I'm not expecting it to fling open...nowadays cars can pop the lid even a little bit," I responded. But he reiterated how since it's a "refined" car it's not going to "fling" the lid open and hit you in the chin, like car trunk lids used to do in the old days.

Also, he said it's a safety issue, as Jaymagic had mention in the comments of the other post, if you do hit the button accidently, the lid won't fling open leaving all your cargo exposed to the world. So there you have it.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2007 Hyundai Azera: Trunk Release but Doesn't Open

September 11, 2007

Photo by Caroline Pardilla

I had my arms full when I made my way to our long-term 2007 Hyundai Azera last night, so I was happy to see on the key fob that it had a trunk release button. Unfortunately, when I pressed it while walking toward the car, nothing happened. I pressed it again. The trunk lid didn't even budge. But when I dropped my bags to try and open the lid, it was already open, just barely.

So the trunk release only unlocks the trunk, it doesn't pop it open for you. I guess I'm really spoiled, but most cars I've experienced that have the trunk release button usually at least open the trunk lid for you, even a little bit. All I need is a little opening so that I can fling it open with my elbow or foot if my hands are full. Can't do that if the lid is still closed. Might as well just get rid of that extra button on the key fob since the unlock button will do the same thing.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2007 Hyundai Azera - Volume Controls

August 01, 2007

The Azera is a very quiet car, almost hybrid-style hushed. This allows for a better music-listening cabin.

I like the Azera's steering-wheel mounted volume controls. Instead of a button on the face of the wheel, there are little levers you pull toward you to raise or lower the tunes.

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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.

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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.

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What? No Aux?

December 28, 2006

The first thing my fellow Edmunds.com editor said as he handed off the Hyundai Azera was, "There's no aux output." This was another way of saying, if you have an iPod you're out of luck. But we found that the Azera does have a throwback to earlier years -- a cassette tape deck. We plugged in a tape adapter and had an eighth inch jack into our iPod so we could play it through the sound system on our 16 hour drive to Denver. With the iPod up and running we listened to my son's Christmas play list as we cruised through Western Colorado on Christmas Eve.

Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor, 3983 miles

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