2015 Hyundai Azera Sedan (Review)

The Hyundai Azera is a premium four door full-size sedan that can seat five people and offers similar features, power, quietness, style elements, refinement, and features of competitors, such as the Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, and Kia Cadenza. The sedan is bigger and more luxurious than an average midsize sedan.

The front-wheel-drive Azera is powered by a direct-injection 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 293 of horsepower and 255 lb. ft. of torque.  The Azera is available two trims- base and Limited. The 6-speed automatic transmission (which is standard) is matched with a Shiftronic manual shift feature and the base trim yields an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while the Azera Unlimited delivers 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Standard features for the base trim include- automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition and entry, 8-way power front seats with driver lumbar adjustment, seat-bottom extension and memory settings, heated and ventilated front seats, a chilled glovebox, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and 60/40-split folding heated rear seats. Technology features include- an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, navigation, Hyundai’s Blue Link emergency communications, HD radio, a 14-speaker Infinity sound system with satellite radio, a CD player, USB port, and a rearview camera.

The Limited trim adds LED fog lights, xenon headlights with automatic high-beam control, rear parking sensors, lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems, 19-inch alloy wheels, ambient interior lighting, a power rear sunshade and manual side-window sunshades, and a panoramic sunroof.

Standard safety features for the Azera include- antilock disc brakes, full-length side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, front and rear seat side airbags, a driver-side knee airbag and active front head restraints, a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts, and a rearview camera. The Azera Limited adds rear parking sensors, lane-departure warning, and frontal-collision warning systems.

The interior of the Azera feels and looks luxurious with comfortable leather seats that are plush and supportive. The dashboard has an appealing and upscale appearance with stylish and easy to operate buttons and knobs, while the large 8-inch touchscreen is easy to use with excellent visuals. The instrument cluster emits soft white and blue light that is pleasant on the eyes. Cargo space is ample measuring about 16.3 cubic feet, which is big enough to accommodate large bags, suitcases, and boxes.

On the road, the Azera is a strong performer with almost 300 horsepower and is enjoyable to drive on a variety of terrains. It feels confident and steady when making sharp turns and on winding roads, consistently delivering a pleasant driving experience. One thing that stands out is the quietness of the cabin and the vehicle feels impeccably smooth even at faster speeds. The sedan is not sporty, but is better suited for comfort, longer excursions, and basic transport.

Safety features include- electronic stability control with traction control, rear-impact reducing front seats, antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, a tire pressure monitoring system, front, side, and curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag, and a rearview camera.

In summary, the 2015 Hyundai Azera is a sure winner. The full size sedan is stylish, spacious, comfortable, and quiet with smooth on the road performance that is on par with other vehicles in its class and feels like a higher priced luxury premium sedan. The Azera has a starting MSRP of $34,000 and with all that it offers, it is well worth the price.

To find out more about the 2015 Hyundai Azera, please visit- www.hyundai.com

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