2007 Hyundai Azera: A Soft Landing
November 14, 2007
With so much emphasis put on sport sedans, their big wheels, short sidewalls, and impressive slalom speeds approaching, and in some cases, eclipsing those of outright sports cars, I found more than a little comfort driving the Hyundai Azera home last night. Sometimes, a pillowy ride is just the right thing. Remember when a cushy, all-smothering ride was once the thing that separated a good car from a cheap car? Tastes do change, but maybe we took a wrong turn.
Don't get me wrong; I love a 70-mph blast through the cones. It absolutely amazes me what's possible these days. Yet I couldn't help but notice how my shoulders relaxed, my grip loosened, and my attitude changed within about five minutes behind the wheel of the Azera. I then realized the Azera isn't about how stiff a car can be and still get away with a decent ride, but how comfortably the car rides while still achieving decent handling numbers. The last time we tested this car, it weaved through the cones at 62.6 mph. That's still better than a bunch of current sedans and even a couple sporty coupes.
Maybe we've taken this sport sedan thing too far.
Maybe I'm getting old. Maybe I should be quiet now.
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 18,530 miles