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Hyundai Azera Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.3 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 234 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2009 Hyundai Azera

  • The 2009 Hyundai Azera is a value leader in its segment, as its pleasant cabin quality, solid driving manners and deep features list could easily merit a higher price tag.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Pleasant interior design with high-quality materials, strong performance from 3.8-liter V6, high feature content, bargain price, excellent warranty, large trunk.

  • Cons

    Seating position is too high for some, light-colored interior stains easily, prone to a few squeaks and rattles, navigation system limits audio options.

  • What's New for 2009

    The Hyundai Azera gets revised steering and suspension for 2009, along with blue interior lighting, standard electroluminescent gauges, an iPod/USB audio input, a standard auxiliary audio jack and a new chrome grille.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Great car

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Vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Azera GLS 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

This may be the finest car I have ever owned. I bought fun it new during the year end closeout, and have enjoyed it since day one. The mileage I have experienced actually exceeds the EPA estimates. I am getting is in excess of 30mpg in highway driving, and the car is not yet fully broken in. It is quiet and comfortable, and is fun to drive. It has plenty of "oomph" at all speeds.




Bought another hyundai.

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Vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Azera GLS 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

This will be my 3rd Hyundai. My Son drives my old 2003 Sonata with 160K on it. I traded my 07 Santa Fe AWD for this car as I commute to work almost 100 miles a day and need better MPG's. I didn't need or want the Limited as the GLS have all the options I preferred. I have owned it only a couple days and the mileage is 25 mpg but that is a lot of highway. I expect even better once the car is broke in. If you are looking for an Azera, the deals are out there. I got about 5K off the MSRP.




Good value, nice vehcile

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Vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Azera GLS 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

Have owned a 2009 GLS with the Premium Package for 2 months/1,600mi. Didn’t need the extra bells and the larger engine, so saved a few $$$. Comfortable ride and generously sized for 2 teens in the back seat. Does not feel big and is easy to park and maneuver in traffic. Plenty of power on hills (we live at 6,800 ft in Colorado and go up and down in elevation constantly), plus an average 21-22mpg on about 50/50 city/hwy driving. (yes, I do drive it nicely) There is plenty of power available if you choose to use it. I was quite surprised when I “jumped on it” the first time-got up to speed in no time! We did look at Honda, Toyota and Nissan and are happy with our decision.



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Full 2009 Hyundai Azera Review

What's New for 2009

The Hyundai Azera gets revised steering and suspension for 2009, along with blue interior lighting, standard electroluminescent gauges, an iPod/USB audio input, a standard auxiliary audio jack and a new chrome grille.

Introduction

Full-size sedans have changed a wee bit over the decades. They used to be land yachts the size of Belgium with landau roofs and the fuel mileage of the Carnival Crown Princess. In today's world of modern, space-efficient vehicle packaging and fuel-efficient engines, full-size sedans are a much friendlier form of transportation -- for the driver, the environment and all the other cars on the road. While there are a handful of performance-oriented models, most full-sizers cater to comfort- and luxury-minded buyers (usually older Americans) who value loads of passenger and cargo space. For this type of buyer, the 2009 Hyundai Azera is an excellent choice.

It certainly was for us, as a loaded Azera Limited graced our long-term test garage for one year and 18,530 miles. From stop-and-go traffic to long-distance highway jaunts, the big Hyundai soaked up miles with ease. Fully loaded cars are not usually top sellers, but in the Azera's case, our test car was pretty indicative of the average purchase. It's not hard to see why, considering that for a shade under $31,000, the Azera comes packed with features found normally on luxury-branded vehicles costing thousands more. And that's not to say the Hyundai Azera is some Costco bargain bin of goodies stuffed into an unimpressive metal shell. Far from it; the Azera features high-quality materials, luxurious textures, an attractive (albeit conservative) design and solid construction in a cohesive package that could easily merit a higher price tag.

Plus, for 2009, Hyundai has made some nice changes to the Azera. The steering and suspension have been revised to deliver a more refined driving experience, but the bigger news occurs inside. The old-school greenish lighting that used to pepper the dash has been replaced with cool blue instrumentation, bringing the Azera in line with the rest of the Hyundai lineup. One of our principal beefs with the Azera was also addressed twofold: an auxiliary audio jack has been added, along with a USB port that includes iPod stereo controls.

There are certainly other players in the full-size game. If you're looking for the most space available, nothing touches the enormous Ford Taurus, while those hankering for a more old-school approach to a full-size sedan should enjoy the Chrysler 300 and Pontiac G8. However, the Azera's primary competition is the vehicle it was so clearly benchmarked against: the Toyota Avalon. The Avalon offers a bit more luxury and refinement, to be sure, but we're not sure if that's enough justification for its much higher price. That leaves the 2009 Hyundai Azera as an attractive, well-rounded candidate with a strong engine, comfortable ride, long features list and luxurious interior at a low price. In other words, it has everything most full-size sedan buyers are looking for -- except maybe that landau roof.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Hyundai Azera is a full-size sedan available in GLS and Limited trim levels. Standard equipment on the GLS includes 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way driver and four-way passenger power front seats, a 60/40-split rear seat, wood trim, a tilt/telescoping steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a six-speaker stereo with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio connection. The Premium Package adds a sunroof, leather upholstery and five-level heated front seats.

The Azera Limited adds those items, plus a larger engine, power-folding mirrors, a power rear sunshade and a 10-speaker Infinity stereo. The Limited Ultimate Package adds a power-adjustable steering column and pedals, driver memory functions, wood steering wheel and door pulls, rain-sensing wipers and a 12-speaker Logic 7 surround-sound system with an in-dash six-CD changer. A navigation system is optional on the Limited and includes the Logic 7 system; however, when so equipped, you lose the six-CD changer and both auxiliary audio jacks. Bluetooth is a stand-alone option.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2009 Hyundai Azera GLS is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 that produces 234 horsepower and 226 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. A 3.8-liter V6 powers the Azera Limited, with 263 hp and 257 lb-ft of torque. Its fuel economy is 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Azeras.

In performance testing, our long-term Azera Limited test car went from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is quite swift for a full-size sedan.

Safety

Hyundai equips every 2009 Azera with antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, active front head restraints, front-seat side airbags, rear outboard side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.

The Azera scored four out of five stars in government frontal-impact crash tests. It received five stars for side protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the Azera earned a top score of "Good" for its protection of passengers in frontal-offset crashes, and a score of "Acceptable" (the second-highest rating) in side-impact testing.

Interior Design and Special Features

Hyundai infuses the Azera's cabin with plenty of luxury and features. With convincing faux wood and metallic piping, materials quality is very good, and those who opt for the Limited will find themselves swaddled in soft double-stitched leather seats. However, over the course of Edmunds.com's yearlong test of the Azera, the driver seat's light beige leather proved inordinately susceptible to wear and discoloration. Attempts to clean the leather were unsuccessful, so we'd suggest sticking with the black or new brown interior color options.

Aside from a perched driving position clearly not designed with taller drivers in mind, the Azera's interior is incredibly spacious. Visibility is quite good thanks to a low cowl. The backseat is very comfy, with ample leg- and headroom for just about anyone. The trunk is equally expansive, with 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space and a gigantic opening.

Driving Impressions

For the money, the 2009 Hyundai Azera offers impressive levels of refinement and composure. Road noise is minimal even at high speeds, allowing for quiet conversations in the cabin. Although it never feels as athletic as rear-drive cars like the Pontiac G8 and Chrysler 300, the Azera Limited's acceleration is strong, and there's always ample power on tap from the 3.8-liter V6. Shifts from the five-speed auto are quick and smooth, while the brakes managed to stop this sizable vehicle in an impressive 118 feet from 60 mph.

The Azera's handling is on the soft side, but the car feels predictable and secure around turns and the steering has a slick, accurate feel. The Azera's overall driving experience makes it feel smaller than some other full-size cars. If your garage in the past has been filled with various nicely equipped Toyota sedans, the Azera should be right up your alley.

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Talk About The 2009 Azera

2009 Hyundai Azera Discussions See all Started By

technishawn
technishawn
06-07-2008
I took my 06 Azera in for service on June 3rd and noticed a metallic red Azera sitting on the lot....


rhduke00
rhduke00
01-01-2010
According to a Dec 30, 2009 post on the Hyundai Think Tank Azera Owners General Discussion Board by HMA Michael whose profile says he is the product manager of the Sonata, Azera, and Genesis:...


rv65
rv65
06-07-2008
09 Azera does get the USB/aux jack. You will need a $30 or less iPod cable in order to have full iPod integration. Check the Hyundai Azera 2009 thread for more details....



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