This 2013 Hyundai Azera video review shows how it compares to other full-size sedans. We discuss fuel economy, interior space and design, features, price and what it's like to drive.
The Hyundai Azera offers a lot of style for a full-size sedan, especially when you consider how conservative most of its competitors are. Beneath that style is essentially a very sensible run-of-the-mill big sedan that offers a lot of value.
Its single trim level costs around $32,000, which is actually one of the highest base prices of any full-size sedan. But, unlike its cheaper competitors, just about everything is standard. Leather, heated front and rear seats, and even a navigation system are all included.
The Azera featured in our video review has the only option: the $4,000 Technology package that adds a bunch of higher-end luxury features like ventilated seats, sunshades and a panoramic sunroof.
In the cabin, the materials quality is really no better than that of its cheaper competitors, but the more dramatic look makes it seem more special. There is some form over function going on, but it's still easy to figure things out given how much stuff there is.
This is a full-size sedan, so space is obviously important. Even someone 6-foot-3 will have plenty of room in the back seat. Up front, room and comfort is what you'd expect for this class, but the driver seat cushion extender is a nice touch.
As for the trunk, it's huge at 16.3 cubic feet. That's more than Toyota's Avalon, but less than Ford's colossal Taurus.
Hyundai keeps it simple with only one engine choice as well. It's a 293-horsepower V6 that delivers quick acceleration for the segment, but fuel economy is just average at 23 mpg combined.
And if you're wondering about safety, it received the highest possible rating of "Good" in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal-offset, side and roof strength crash tests.
From behind the wheel, the Hyundai Azera is frankly...unmemorable. The ride is comfortable, the handling is predictable, and in general it delivers what you'd expect from a full-size sedan. There are really no surprises here for better or worse.
If you are looking for something a little more engaging, Chrysler's 300 would be a good alternative. Ford's Taurus and Fusion are also worth a look, and the Avalon is probably the most luxurious.
As for the Hyundai Azera, it's a good choice. It brings a lot of style and value, though a lower price might be nice for folks who don't need or want so much equipment.