2012 Hyundai Azera

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 auto trans

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I've driven a lot of Hyundais over the past few years and have spent far more time thinking about them, evaluating them, and writing about them than I ever could have imagined a decade ago, when Hyundai was still at the bottom of the automotive heap. One Hyundai that had completely slipped my mind in recent years, though, was the large Azera sedan, and I believe I'm to be forgiven for that, because it was a completely forgettable car. It debuted in December 2005 as a 2006 model and, in its best-ever year, sold a respectable 27,000 units, but in recent years other Hyundai models took center stage and the Azera receded from view. At least it did in my mind, especially after the large, luxurious, rear-wheel-drive Genesis sedan came on the scene. Hyundai stopped producing the Azera in November 2010, sending only about two thousand 2011 models out to dealers.
Last November, when Hyundai took the wraps off its all-new Azera at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, we provided all the pertinent details here at automobilemag.com. All that was left was for Hyundai to announce pricing and for us to get behind the wheel. Which is what I did, briefly, last week in Las Vegas.
With visions of the bland and uninspiring 2006 Azera still dancing in my head, I walked over to a row of gleaming Hyundais at Spring Mountain Motorsports Park in Pahrump, Nevada, and climbed behind the wheel of a Venetian red pearl Azera. Whereas the old Azera's interior was a sea of boring beige reminiscent of a hospital corridor, this interior was all drama and elegance, with modern materials, gleaming gauges, and harmonious lines. My brain was having a hard time processing the notion that I was in an Azera and not an Acura or Lexus, but I shouldn't have been surprised: every new Hyundai model in recent years has been a quantum leap over its direct predecessor in terms of design, styling, engineering, and perceived quality, and the Azera is no exception.
Heading out onto wide, flat Nevada Highway 160 east out of Pahrump back toward Las Vegas, I immediately realized that the new Azera is way better to drive than the old car, too. The steering is direct, if still a little artificial in feel. The 3.3-liter, direct-injection Lambda II V-6 engine delivers its 293 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque eagerly through the standard six-speed automatic transmission. (It should be noted, though, that the newly face-lifted Genesis coupe has an eight-speed automatic.) Torque steer (that tug of the steering wheel that you sometimes feel in a powerful front-wheel-drive car when you accelerate hard) isn't an issue, and acceleration from 50 to 90 mph is strong, sure, and sweet, and the engine even sounds good, never strained. The brake pedal was nicely modulated, and the ride quality was well controlled, marking a big step up from old-time Hyundai chassis tuning.
As I crossed the open valley and then ascended into the Spring Mountains, admittedly a very windy area, there was quite a bit of wind noise at the Azera's A-pillars and side-view mirrors. Those mirrors have no blind-spot indicators in them, but overall visibility is good, especially through the windshield, and the A-pillars don't overly impinge on your view.
Aside from its big dose of high style, the cabin offers lots of room. Adjusting the driver's seat for my five-foot, eleven-inch frame and then sitting in the rear seat directly behind, I was surprised by the plentiful foot, knee, and leg room. Rear-seat outboard passengers also get a good-size window to gaze out of. The Azera has the most passenger volume in its class, Hyundai points out, with 107 cubic feet. The trunk, which holds a generous 16.3 cubic feet, is deep and wide but has a fairly high liftover height that older buyers might not appreciate.
Back up in the driver's seat, you'll find clear gauges and a seven-inch display screen for the standard navigation and back-up camera. My test car was equipped with the optional 550-watt, twelve-speaker Infinity stereo via which my co-driver gave me a brief tour of his favorite twentieth-century jazz recordings: The Logic 7 system and its eight-inch subwoofer made the most of the rich details of "Lush Life" by Johnny Coltrane and John Hartman. Gotta love the huge, rotating volume-control knob that sits prominently in the center stack.
These driving impressions are just that, impressions, as I was behind the wheel of the Azera for only about 35 miles, and on Nevada's smooth pavement. We'll wait until we drive an Azera at our editorial offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before we render a more complete verdict, but initial impressions of the Azera lead me to think that the Ford Taurus, Nissan Maxima, Buick LaCrosse, and even the Acura TL and Lexus ES350 have a new, tough competitor.
As for pricing, the Azera starts at $32,875, including destination. My fully loaded test car included the $4000 Technology Package, which includes a panoramic moon roof, Xenon headlights, nineteen-inch wheels, and the Infinity stereo, among other equipment.
With the Azera, Hyundai has a complete lineup of modern, competitive sedans: compact Elantra, mid-size Sonata, large front-wheel-drive Azera, large rear-wheel-drive Genesis, and full-size luxury Equus. Memorable models all, from a manufacturer that used to make nothing but forgettable cars.

2012 Hyundai Azera

On sale: April 2012
Base price/price as tested: $32,875/$36,875
Engine: 3.3L V-6, 293 hp, 255 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front -wheel
Fuel economy: 20/29/23 city/highway/combined
2012 Hyundai Azera
2012 Hyundai Azera
The Azera was once the top-of-the-line Hyundai sedan in North America. That, however, was before the appearance of the Genesis and, later, the Equus. Nowadays, the Azera is the slowest-selling Hyundai, despite a face-lift and powertrain revisions last year. Fortunately for fans of soft mid-size luxury sedans, the Azera will be the next Hyundai to get the full attention of the company's able engineers and designers. The attractive Korean-market Grandeur pictured here looks more or less identical to the next Azera that will go on sale in the States in early 2012. It follows the recent swoopy design themes of the Sonata, the Elantra, and the Accent. Until the new Azera reaches dealerships, the outgoing car (whose specifications are listed in the accompanying spec panel) will remain available, likely at discounted prices. That car is available in two Trim Levels: the base GLS model comes with a 260-hp, 3.3-liter V-6; the Limited gets a 283-hp, 3.8-liter V-6. Both engines deliver highway mileage in the high twenties with the help of a six-speed automatic transmission. Dual-zone climate control, power front seats, and iPod/USB auxiliary jacks are standard on all 2011 Azeras, and available luxury items include a power rear sunshade, leather upholstery, and an optional navigation system. The 2012 model will surely be even more luxurious, but don't be surprised if it utilizes smaller engines than the 2011 edition's. If the Azera's revamp is half as successful as that of recent Hyundais, sales of the Toyota Avalon, the Nissan Maxima, and the Volkswagen Passat will likely suffer.
2012 Hyundai Azera Front Right Side View
When I saw photographs of the 2012 Azera, I wondered why Hyundai had grafted the face of a Klingon onto its full-size sedan, but when I was walking toward our Venetian Red Pearl tester in the parking garage, I came to a stop in surprise. What was this attractive sedan sitting in front of me? Surely, it wasn't the same angry-looking Azera I'd seen in photos. In pictures, the car's crisp, muscular character lines come across as bulbous; the glamorous LED full-width taillights look like something from the mid-1990s; and the grille -- which is elegant and understated in person -- looks like, well, a chrome Klingon forehead.

2012 Hyundai Azera

2012 Hyundai Azera Front Three Quarters
The Azera was once Hyundai's flagship sedan, but recent years have seen the car's halo status stripped with the introduction of the Genesis and Equus sedans. Hyundai returns to the Los Angeles Auto Show this year with an updated version of the Azera, now the middle man in the model line-up, ready to do battle in the large-car segment against competitors from America and Japan.

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2012 Hyundai Azera Specifications

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3.3L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
293 hp @ 6400rpm
255 ft lb of torque @ 5200rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
60,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 120 months
Unlimited miles / 84 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Azera vehicles manufactured May 22, 2012, through November 23, 2012. The occupant detection system may fail to properly differentiate whether the front passenger seat occupant is an adult, a child or a child restraint seat.
If the occupant is incorrectly classified, in the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment, the airbag may deploy with greater or lesser force than appropriate, resulting in an increased risk of injury.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the airbag system. The recall beagan on August 13, 2013. Hyundai's recall number is "Campaign 111." Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.
Potential Units Affected
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