Flat-Pack Foray - 2007 Hyundai Azera Long-Term Road Test

2007 Hyundai Azera Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Hyundai Azera: Flat-Pack Foray

October 15, 2007

This weekend we found ourselves at the local Scandinavian furniture retailer (you know the one) looking for furniture that would make us appear more stylish and organized. Alright, so we went for the cheap hot dogs and pickled herring. But, as luck would have it, we also ended up buying some furniture.

As expected, everything we bought came in a series of flat-pack boxes.

Upon wheeling the cart full of boxes out to the car, I realized that I might have made my life a little bit more difficult by bringing our long term 2007 Hyundai Azera along for the ride. Because the boxes weren't that bulky I was sure I could fit everything in the car, but I wasn't sure I could fit all that Scandinavian sensibility in the trunk. These days, trunks just never seem to hold what you think they should what with all their braces, sound equipment and wheel arches taking away a lot of usable space.

It's not the end of the world, but I'm not real big on having nearly 200 pounds of unsecured fiberboard and glass furniture floating around inside the cabin with me, but I didn't think I'd have a choice.

I figured I'd start with the trunk and once that was full, I'd stuff the rest in the back seat and hit the road. When I stopped I was surprised to see that there was still a little room left in the trunk. I thought about going back into the store to get some more herring, but decided to shut the trunk before it all fell out and headed for home.

The trunk in the Azera is enormous. Whatever the engineers did to keep the rear suspension and chassis odds and ends from robbing valuable cargo space really worked. There's tons of room and there's no need to be a Tetris wizard to pack the trunk full of stuff. Kudos, Hyundai.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 16,924 miles

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