2018 Chevrolet Equinox (Review)

After undergoing a complete redesign for 2018, the new and improved Equinox is now better than ever with changes that can be immediately seen and felt. Being smaller, lighter in weight, and more fuel efficient than its predecessor, the Equinox still offers a lot of cargo room and a spacious, well appointed interior cabin for taller passengers as well as abundance of advanced technology that make it one of the best compact SUV’s in its class. The crossover has become one of Chevrolet’s most popular vehicles, providing excellent value and functionality.

My test model, the Premier trim, came equipped with a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that produces 170 horsepower, 203 lb-ft of torque, and yields an estimated 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

With a starting MSRP of $35,330, the Premier trim with all-wheel-drive comes fitted with a heated steering wheel, 6-speed automatic transmission, proximity entry, leather trim, LED head/tail lights, heated driver and front passenger seats, remote start, a large 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, OnStar System with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated rear seats.

Safety features include- lane-departure warning, automatic emergency low-speed braking, forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot warning, a teen driver system with speed warnings, rear park assist, and a rearview camera.

On the road, the Equinox is a strong performer and provides a comfortable and enjoyable ride over bumpier surfaces and smooth handling on busy highways. Acceleration is good and the vehicle handles sharp corners and curvy roads with ease and great precision. It has a planted feel on the road and offers a comfortable ride that you would expect from its higher priced competitors.

Interior features are very nice as well with a stylish dashboard and console area, plush and supportive seats, and a host of tech features. The front and rear cabin is contemporary, stylish, and spacious with enough room to accommodate taller passengers and there is almost 30 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats to haul medium to large bags, luggage, and boxes. With the rear seats folded down, there is an impressive 63 cubic feet of cargo space to accommodate even more items.



I highly recommend taking a look at the new redesigned 2018 Equinox, because it is definitely worth considering if you are in the market for a compact SUV with advanced technology, sleek exterior detailing, comfortable and upscale interior, great performance, and is like no other.

To find out more about the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, please visit- www.chevrolet.com





2017 Honda Fit EX-L with Navi Hatchback (Review)

For a decade, the Honda Fit has been one of the best subcompact vehicles available and it’s amazing longevity is no surprise for those who have experienced all that the Fit has to offer, such as excellent fuel economy, advanced technology, spritely on the road performance, a roomy front and rear cabin, spacious cargo area, and an eye-catching exterior design that is like no other.

The 2017 Honda Fit comes in four trim levels: EX, LX, EX-L, EX-L with Navi, and comes fitted with a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and 114 lb. ft. of torque. Both the LX and EX trims come equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, but a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. The manual transmission yields an estimated 29 mpg in the city/36 mpg on the highway, the CVT equipped models yield an estimated 32 mpg in the city/37 mpg on the highway, and the LX yields an impressive 33 mpg in the city/40 mpg on the highway.

The LX trim includes- automatic headlights, a rearview camera, LED brake lights, 15-inch steel wheels, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 5-inch display screen, full power accessories, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a 4-speaker audio system with CD player.

EX trims add 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, a 7-inch touch screen display, an upgraded rearview camera, Honda’s Lane Watch blind-spot display, a six-speaker audio system with two USB ports, Siri voice connectivity, smart phone app integration, and an HDMI input, which is necessary for certain HondaLink features to function properly. The EX-L adds heated body-color side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. The EX-L with Navi adds, of course, a navigation system with voice recognition and an HD satellite radio.

From the outside, the Fit appears small, but not from the inside. The entire front and rear cabin feels very spacious with ample head/legroom for taller passengers and the seats are comfortable and supportive.  The rear seatbacks can be folded forward to yield more cargo room than the majority of vehicles in its class.

Because of the Fit’s compact size, it is easy to maneuver and park in crowded places and it handles very well on bumpier road surfaces.

Standard safety features include- antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active head restraints. The Lane Watch blind-spot system, which comes standard on the EX trim and above, includes a small camera in the passenger-side mirror that offers a wide and low view of a blind spot when the right turn signal is on. In government crash testing, the 2017 Honda Fit achieved a top five-star overall rating- four stars for rollover, five stars for front-crash protection, and five stars for side-crash protection.

The interior of the 2017 Honda Fit is comfortable, spacious, and there is ample head/legroom in the front and rear cabin for taller passengers. All of the controls are easy to reach and operate and the touch screen display is large on the EX trim, which improves visibility and readability. The rear seat can split 60/40 and features a flip-up seat cushion that opens floor to ceiling room for taller/elevated items. When both rear seatbacks are folded down flat, there is 52.7 cubic feet of cargo room and the front passenger seat can also fold flat to accommodate cargo up to 8 ft. in length, which is impressive and makes the Fit stand out among other subcompact in its class.

On the road, the Fit is a strong performer and feels poised on the highway. Road noise is surprisingly minimal and the vehicle navigates very well around sharp corners and on curvy roadways. The Fit accelerates quickly and is great for short trips around town as well as longer excursions.

Even though the Honda Fit may not appear that exciting upon first glance, the vehicle has so much to offer and is extremely dependable, fuel efficient, versatile, and has a starting MSRP of only $16,090, making it one of the most inexpensive vehicles in its class. The Fit represents an excellent value for anyone looking for a subcompact vehicle that is affordable, stylish, and reliable.

To find out more about the 2017 Honda Fit, please visit- www.Honda.com




Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.

2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid 4-Door Hatchback (Review)

Without a doubt, the Prius is the most popular and distinctive hybrid vehicle that Toyota has ever produced and is a true pioneer in hybrid technology. Since the Prius was introduced in the early nineties, other hybrid vehicles have entered the automotive scene in more recent years, but none other has been able to surpass the popularity of the Prius. With a unique style, smooth handling, and excellent fuel economy with the new Prius Eco yielding an amazing 56 MPG combined, it is easy to see why it is still the world’s best selling hybrid vehicle.

The 2016 Prius has been completely redesigned with a lower, ergonomic, and supportive driver seat, increased front cabin leg and headroom, 14 percent more cargo/trunk space, improved handling, and a sleek, new exterior design.

The four-door hatchback seats up to five passengers and is available in six trim levels- Two, Two Eco, Three, Three Touring, Four and Four Touring. Also available are the compact Prius C and larger Prius V models.

Standard features include- height adjustable driver and passenger cloth seats, split-folding rear seatback, storage center armrest, hands-free entry, 4 one-touch power windows, clock, trip computer, external temperature display, cruise control, front and rear cupholders, front door pockets, overhead console with storage, front seatback storage, electric power steering, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, sound and cruise controls on steering wheel, rear view camera, interior air filtration, climate control, simulated alloy steering wheel, dual illuminating vanity mirrors, 6 speakers, AM/FM stereo, auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control, radio data system, USB connection, Telematics, and Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone connectivity.

The Prius Two trim features- automatic LED headlights, heated mirrors, cruise control, LED running lights and taillights, automatic climate control, dual 4.2-inch driver information screens, 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 6.1-inch touch screen display, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice recognition with Siri Eyes, CD player, a 6-speaker sound system, an auxiliary audio jack, and a USB port.

The more efficient Prius Two Eco comes equipped with two-tone wheel covers, illuminated keyless entry on three doors, a more lightweight lithium-ion hybrid battery, ultralow-rolling-resistance tires, and an inflation kit instead of a spare tire. A rear wiper that is standard on the other trims is not included on the Two Eco.

Standard features for the Prius Three trim include- a navigation system, leatherette steering wheel and armrest trim, white interior accents, a wireless phone charging pad, satellite radio, HD radio, Toyota’s Entune premium infotainment system with a bigger 7-inch touch screen display, real-time traffic, weather, and fuel price information, as well as easy access to apps such as- Yelp, iHeartRadio, OpenTable, and Pandora.

The Prius Four comes fitted with a power driver seat with adjustable lumbar, leatherette upholstery with contrasting white stitching, a rear cargo cover, automatic wipers, blind spot monitoring, seatback storage pockets, rear cross-traffic alert, and heated front seats.

Standard equipment for the Three Touring and Four Touring trims include all of the aforementioned features that the Prius Three and Four models have, but add LED clearance lights, fog lights, a pre-collision warning system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention, leatherette upholstery with contrasting blue seat stitching, automatic high beams, 17-inch alloy wheels, and unique rear bumper detailing.

An Advanced Technology Package that includes a head-up display, sunroof, and the Toyota Safety Sense System is available and the Prius Four and Prius Four Touring trims can be equipped with a Premium Convenience Package, which adds a self-parking system, a premium JBL 10-speaker sound system, and Safety Connect emergency services.

The interior of the Prius is simple, yet very modern with controls with easy to use controls. Road noise is minimal and both the front and rear cabin are spacious with enough head/legroom for taller passengers. Even though there are a lot of hard plastics throughout the front cabin, the layout looks clean and uncluttered. I found that all of the controls were easy to reach and operate while driving and the interior was surprisingly roomier than it appears from the exterior. Trunk space is quite accommodating and can be expanded with the split folding rear seats to haul larger items.

The Prius is powered by a 1.8-liter hybrid engine with a mixed production of 121 horsepower that is connected to a (CVT) continuously variable transmission. A plug-in version is also available, however; due to its heftier batteries, it can reach 62 MPH solely on electric power. Other trims are available, such as the bigger Prius V Wagon and the smaller and less expensive Prius C hatchback.

The 2016 Toyota Prius has a high safety rating and is one of the safest hybrid vehicles available. It comes equipped with 4-wheel ABS, front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, emergency braking assist, ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes, rear door child safety locks, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, auto delay off headlamps, 2 front headrests, 3 rear headrests, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, rear center 3-point belt, stability control, traction control, rear folding headrests, tire pressure monitoring, first aid kit, an Emergency Assistance Kit, and a security system with impact sensor.

On the road, the Prius has great driving dynamics and has a stable, yet lightweight feel. A Plus Performance package is available, which improves the driving experience, adding a rear sway bar, lowering springs, and 17-inch wheels.

The 2016 Prius is the perfect choice for consumers desiring a vehicle that can be driven all day in both the city and on the highway delivering optimal fuel economy and a fast charging rate.  The Prius is also very affordable with a starting MSRP of only $24,200.

If you have been looking for a hybrid vehicle that is fun to drive, comfortable, spacious, and affordable with excellent fuel economy, then I highly recommend looking at the 2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid Hatchback.

To find out more about the Toyota Prius, please visit- www.Toyota.com




Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.

2016 Toyota Yaris 5-Door LE Limited Hatchback Review

It is the most affordable subcompact and fuel efficient vehicle in the Toyota lineup, but the Yaris offers a lot more than just basic transportation these days after undergoing some new upgrades in 2014 with new distinctive front and rear styling, better soft touch materials on the dashboard, and improved interior tech features, including a 6.1 inch touchscreen infotainment interface on every trim level, voice recognition, music streaming, six speakers, HD radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, and an optional navigation system.

Available as either a sedan or hatchback, the Yaris offers a lot of choices and some upscale features that were formerly only reserved for cars that are bigger and more costly. Standard features include power locks and mirrors, a height-adjustable driver seat, air-conditioning.

There are three trims- L, LE, and the SE trim which is only offered for the 5-door model.

Standard features for the L trim include- a trip computer, air-conditioning, 15-inch steel wheels, power door locks and windows, Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, a tilt-only steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a height-adjustable driver seat, a USB/iPod interface, a 6-speaker audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack, and a CD player.

The LE adds keyless entry, power side mirrors, cruise control, 15-inch alloy wheels, chrome interior door handles, metallic interior accents, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.

The top-of-the-line SE trim comes fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, projector-beam headlights, LED running lights, a rear spoiler, unique exterior styling elements, better cloth upholstery, a sport-tuned suspension, sportier tires, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, and 4-wheel disc brakes.

The Yaris comes fitted with a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine that produces 106 horsepower and 103 lb. ft. of torque and is available with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 3-door L and 5-door SE trims come equipped with a standard manual transmission, but an automatic is optional and all 5-door L hatchback and LE trims come equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

The Yaris is very fuel efficient, yielding an impressive 30 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway with the manual and an estimated 30 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway for the automatic transmission.

The Yaris has an appealing style and lightweight design, making the vehicle extremely nimble on the road, however it does not feel as smooth driving or spacious as the Corolla does.

Even though the Yaris has more competition in its segment, it is still one of the most reliable subcompact vehicles and a top choice for every day driving with a 4-speed automatic transmission, composed ride quality, steady handling, comfortable seats, and bigger cargo space in the hatchback model.

Standard safety features include- front seat side airbags, anti-lock brakes, a driver knee airbag, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, front and rear side curtain airbags, and front seat cushion airbags.

Interior features are very nice with easy to use controls and the seats in the front and rear cabin feel firm, supportive, and there is enough head/legroom for taller passengers. The front seats are mounted a bit high for my preference, but do help give better visibility of the road. The dashboard area has greatly improved since 2011, but there are still many hard plastic elements.

On the road, the Yaris performs very well, but does not accelerate or pick-up as quickly as the Corolla does and feels a little underpowered at times. The Yaris feels steady when navigating curvy roads and delivers a reasonably smooth ride when driven at normal speeds.

Overall, the Yaris is sporty, cute, fun to drive, and is a practical car for every day commuting.   It will definitely save you a lot of time and money at the gas pump.

In a time when gas prices have reached record levels, more and more people are looking for vehicles that are fuel efficient and affordable.  For these reasons, the 2016 Toyota Yaris is the perfect choice.  With a modern, appealing, attractive design, and an excellent fuel economy, the Yaris has quickly become one of the most popular and practical cars for commuters today.

The Yaris is competitively priced with a starting MSRP of only $14,895, which makes it one of the most affordable subcompact vehicles in its class.

Whether young or old, if you are looking for an inexpensive, reliable, and affordable car to drive, then I highly recommend taking a look at the 2016 Toyota Yaris.

2016 Toyota Sequoia Platinum SUV (Review)

The 2016 Toyota Sequoia is a large, full size, four door, truck-based SUV that is spacious enough to feel like a living room on wheels with ample room for a lot of people (seven passengers), plenty of cargo space,  and an impressive towing capacity up to 7,400 pounds.

Even though the Sequoia has not had any major changes for 2016, it is still a practical choice for bigger families with great on the road performance, comfortable and spacious interior, advanced technology, and quick acceleration.

The Sequoia is available in three trims- SR5, Limited, and Platinum.  All trim levels come fitted with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 381 horsepower, 401 lb. ft. of torque which is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A 4-wheel drive system is optional. Although there aren’t a lot of engines to choose from, the standard one is definitely not sluggish and delivers remarkable acceleration and the six speed automatic transmission performs perfectly, smoothly, and shifts gears with great ease and without hesitation.

The base SR5 trim comes equipped with standard features which include- fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a deicing windshield wiper, heated mirrors, keyless entry, sunroof, roof rack, running boards, rear privacy glass, a power rear window, tri-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a 40/20/40-split second-row bench seat that can slide and recline, an 8-way power driver seat, second and third row side window sunshades, a 60/40-split reclining and fold-flat third-row bench, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls, a rearview camera integrated into the auto-dimming rearview mirror and an 8-speaker sound system with Toyota’s Entune Audio Plus with 6.1-inch touchscreen, a CD player, Connected Navigation, Siri Eyes-Free smartphone voice controls, a USB/iPod interface, HD radio, and an auxiliary audio jack. A sport package is available for the SR5 trim and adds second-row captain’s chairs, 20-inch chrome alloy wheels, and a color-keyed grille.  The SR5 premium package adds a four way power passenger seat, leather upholstery, a powered reclining and folding third row seat, heated front seats, and a power driver seat with lumbar adjustment.

The Limited trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 20-inch alloy wheels, power-folding and auto-dimming outside mirrors, a navigation system, Pandora and OpenTable apps, front and rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, leather-trimmed doors, improved gauges, a backup camera, and a 7-inch touchscreen display.  An optional Safety and Convenience includes a blind spot monitoring system, two-position driver seat and outside mirror power memory functions. A large 9-inch display, 14-speaker JBL audio system, and a rear seat entertainment system with a Blu-ray player is optional.

The Platinum trim comes equipped with all of the aforementioned features and adds heated and ventilated front seats, 20-inch wheels, a blind spot monitoring system, adaptive air suspension, a second-row center console, a premium JBL audio system, a power-adjustable driver seat with thigh support, adaptive cruise control, heated second row captain’s chairs, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and driver memory functions.

Fuel economy is good with the full size Sequoia SUV yielding an estimated 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway, however, some competitors have better fuel ratings.

Standard safety features for all 2016 Toyota Sequoia trims include- front knee airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, stability and traction control, trailer sway control, full-length side curtain airbags, a rearview camera, and anti-lock disc brakes. Front and rear parking sensors and a blind spot monitoring system are optional on the Limited trim, while adaptive cruise control and a blind spot monitoring are standard on the Platinum trim.

The interior of the Sequoia is very nice with a spacious front and rear cabin with enough head/legroom for taller passengers. Seats in all three rows can recline in variety of ways, are comfortable, supportive, and feel ergonomic.

Even though the Sequoia is rugged, there are a lot of elegant interior features and materials that add a touch of elegance to the SUV. The gauges are easy to use, but the touchscreen controls are not easy to reach at times. There are many areas in the front cabin to store items with a big storage compartment directly under the front/middle armrest.

Cargo space is excellent with 18.9 cubic feet of space behind the third row when the seats are upright, 66.6 cubic feet of space when the third row’s seats are folded down, and an impressive 120 cubic feet of cargo space when both the second and third rows are down, which is more than the Chevy Tahoe.

On the road, the Sequoia provides excellent and smooth ride quality, which is much better than many others in its class. The Sequoia has a solid, planted feel when making sudden turns and on curvy roadways. It is more capable off-road than most big family vehicles, however, because of the Sequoia’s large size, maneuvering in tight spaces, can be difficult at times, but the rearview camera is very helpful.

In summary, the Toyota Sequoia remains a great choice for consumers with bigger families that want a large, reliable, and comfortable SUV with a spacious interior, luxurious features, and excellent towing ability.

To find out more about the 2016 Toyota Sequoia, please visit- www.Toyota.com

2015 Kia Soul EV Wagon Review

As gas prices remain high and as concern for the environment increases, more consumers are desiring fuel efficient vehicles that help save money, eliminate the need to use gasoline, and reduce carbon emissions.

The 2015 Soul EV is Kia’s first and only all electric vehicle with a stylish exterior, advanced technology, strong performance, a comfortable interior, and incredible versatility. The four-door hatchback is spacious too with plenty of head and leg room to accommodate taller passengers and travels farther on a single charge than its competitors yielding an estimated 93 miles driving range. The extraordinary range is mainly due to the 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which receives its power from one of two charging ports that are hidden behind a sliding panel within the front grille. The vehicle can be charged with either a 120-volt current, which takes 24 hours to be fully charged or by 240-volt current, which takes about 5 hours to be fully charged. There is also a supercharger that delivers 480-volts and charges the Soul EV to 80 percent in only 33 minutes, but there not many superchargers available and only a small amount of Kia dealerships in California that offer them. There are none in my city and I would have to drive many miles to get the nearest supercharging station. Kia has a partnership with PlugShare to help people find nearby chargers, but from my experience in the city in which I reside, many of the charging stations are located in parking lots or structures that charge a fee and take many hours to charge up the Soul EV.

In states besides California, it is very difficult to find a charging station, which would make the Soul EV best suited for consumers who live in a house and can have a charger installed in their garage. Until more charging stations are installed in other parts of the county, the Kia Soul EV will be primarily available in California.

Cargo space is plentiful measuring 18.8 cubic feet, expanding to an impressive 49.5 cubic feet with the 60/40-split rear seatbacks folded down and is not minimized by the battery under the floor. 61 cubic feet of space can be attained when cargo floor and undertray are removed. The Soul EV accelerates quickly due to the electric motor’s 210 lb. ft. of torque and is much quieter than the gas-powered Soul.

The 2015 Kia Soul EV is available in two trims- base and + or Plus.

The base trim comes equipped with standard features, such as- automatic climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels with covers, a 120-volt charging cable, automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, cloth upholstery, rear privacy glass, a DC fast-charge port, a height-adjustable driver seat, keyless ignition and entry, a heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks heated front seats, an EV-specific gauge cluster with a multifunction display, smartphone integration with remote vehicle access, voice controls, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, a rearview camera, an auxiliary audio jack, iPod/USB audio interface, Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, and a 6-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

The Soul+ trim adds leather upholstery, aero windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, fog lights, premium leatherette dashboard and console trim, heated rear seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a 12-volt power outlet, a luggage net, and a cargo cover. A special battery heating system is optional for both trims.

Standard safety features include- a rearview camera stability and traction control, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, hill start assist, side curtain airbags, and a pedestrian warning system that emits a soft sound at 12 mph and under.

The interior of the Soul EV is very nice with a contemporary appearance that is similar to the gas powered Soul, but with a distinctive style that adds a glossy white trim throughout the dashboard area, a uniquely designed gauge cluster with a 3.5-inch display, and a large 8-inch touchscreen that shows the battery status, power movement, and other projected metrics.

On the road, the Soul EV is enjoyable to drive, easy to maneuver, and drives smoothly, however, the lack of a gas engine makes wind noise a little more noticeable at higher speeds. Because the Soul EV only has one speed, there is no need to wait for the vehicle to downshift like a gas powered model, instead it accelerates quickly and almost effortlessly.

Because there are not many charging stations available and it takes many hours to charge the Soul EV, I think the vehicle is better suited for drivers who live in a house, not an apartment, and have a garage to install a charger.

In summary, I like the Kia Soul EV and think that it is a wonderful all electric vehicle available at a starting MSRP of $33,700 and has more range than the Nissan Leaf.  The Soul EV is a high quality electric crossover that is fun to drive, stylish, and is eco-friendly with plenty of torque to get around town quickly and easily.

To find out more about the 2015 Kia Soul EV, please visit- www.kia.com

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