2012 Hyundai Azera Sedan - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2012 Hyundai Azera Sedan Base (3.3L V6 6-speed Automatic) Driven On 2/21/2012 Ratings Summary The Azera trades function for style, and the result isn't universally successful. However, its engine is punchy and feature availability is excellent. A bit more work on the details would go a long way.
B
Comfort Ride quality is generally good, though the seats are oddly shaped. Plenty of luxury items to soothe, however.
Seating Comfort
C
Headrest protrudes forward awkwardly. Unusually difficult to find a comfortable seating position despite the usual battery of adjustments available.
Ride Comfort
B
Definitely tuned to be less floaty than previous versions and firmer than its Lexus rival. A good balance between control and comfort.
Quietness
B
Engine noise is essentially nonexistent when cruising or during gentle acceleration. Road and wind noise not quite as well isolated, though not excessive.
B
Interior Plenty of space inside, though the panoramic sunroof eats up headroom.
Ergonomics
C
The center stack controls fall victim to style and symmetry. It is button-y when knobs would have worked better. Our tester was equipped with the Technology Package.
Ingress/Egress
B
Wide-opening doors and modest seat bolstering facilitate ease of use.
Space/Room
B
Lots of legroom front and rear. The heavily styled dashboard eats into the perception (if not the reality) of roominess, and backseat headroom is snug for six-footers.
Visibility
C
Large C-pillars, a tall deck and high cowl make outward visibility less panoramic than it could be.
Cargo/Storage
B
Ample cargo volume. Goodneck hinges are concealed so as to not smash objects placed in the trunk.
B
Performance Its powertrain is very effective, and the suspension does a pretty good job of balancing ride with precision. The steering needs help, though.
Acceleration
B
The V6 is gutsy and moves the big sedan around with authority. The six-speed automatic may not shift especially quickly, but it does so with uncommon smoothness.
Braking
B
Good response at the pedal. Braking distances about average for the class.
Steering
C
Numb, nonlinear and has an annoying stiction when the wheel's moved from a fixed position. A poor example of electric power steering.
Handling
B
Fairly precise, not ponderous despite the car's ample dimensions.
Driveability
C
Throttle calibration is overly jumpy from a standstill, making it difficult to be smooth in slow-and-go traffic.
A
Value The Azera has a laundry list of features that will satisfy nearly everyone. Its cabin is not consistently the model of luxury when it comes to material choice, though it does cost a bit less than the Lexus ES.
Build Quality (vs. $)
C
Some cheap plastics in the cabin. The leather wrapped steering wheel has very coarse stitching. Aside from a mystery rattle in the interior, apparent build quality is good.
Features(vs. $)
A
In typical Hyundai style, the Azera is absolutely loaded with features that would only have found on top-flight luxury cars of five years ago.
Cost
B
Competitive in its class, though Hyundai's own Sonata puts up a strong case against the Azera.
MPG
B
EPA ratings of 20/29 city/highway are pretty solid for the class. As always, real world results may vary from these numbers.
Warranty
A
Hyundai's basic warranty is 5 yrs/60,000 miles and the powertrain is covered for 10 yrs/100,000 miles. There's 7 yrs/unlimted miles of corrosion coverage.
Ownership
B
You also get 5 yrs/unlimited miles of 24/7 roadside assistance should you run out of gas, have a flat, or need a tow. Scheduled maintenance costs are about average.
B
Fun To Drive Though not a fun car in the traditional sense of the word, buyers will likely be satisfied with the way the Azera drives. Except for the steering, which is annoying.
Driving Experience
C
Perfectly pleasant but not the kind of car that will have you seeking out back roads.
Personality
B
This car tries to fade into the background and is moderately successful in doing so.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Hyundai Azera Sedan in VA is:

$183 per month*
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