2007 Hyundai Azera: Pretends to be an SUV
December 29, 2006
When we headed for Denver for Christmas people kept saying, "Better take an SUV!" I would have taken an SUV if one was available. But it wasn't. So we took the Hyundai Azera and hoped for dry weather. Going east we hit heavy snow climbing out of Dillon, Colo., up to the Eisenhower Tunnel (or, technically speaking, the Johnson Tunnel for eastbound travel) at elevation 11,158 feet...
We were creeping along at from 5-10 mph and everytime we stopped I thought we wouldn't get enough traction to start up again. A tractor trailer truck in front of us lost traction and began to drift across our lane so I had to power through loose snow and dodge it. The whole thing was pretty scary and I could feel the tires slip and grab beneath us. But we finally got into the tunnel on dry pavement and had no further trouble.
A new storm blew in yesterday and this morning when I woke up this is what the Azera looked like (top photo). We drove it through snow that was at times a foot deep and kept going. The only problem was packing the front fascia and air dam with snow. The windshield and rear window defrosted and de-iced quickly and visibility was good. And here's one more benefit. When we took it skiing we folded down the left rear seat and put skies and poles through the opening.
Yeah, I would have preferred an SUV. But all in all, it proved to be a more adequate snow car than I ever imagined.