Hyundai Azera 2013 Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – Hyundai has been doing a lot of things right lately, but one thing they can’t do is keep a secret. TTAC showed you this car, known as the Grandeur in Korea, a year ago, warning “Buick beware.” Now that it’s arrived stateside, the threat is real and Azera is no longer the red headed stepchild of the Hyundai family. Hyundai says the new Azera’s design was pursued following the same “fluidic sculpture” theme as Elantra and Sonata, rather than aping the Genesis and Equus’s more formal design language… although to our eyes it almost splits the difference between the two looks. Meanwhile, its 3.3 liter, 293 HP V6 separates it from its V6 free Sonata cousin, while still providing what Hyundai claims is “class leading” efficiency.
As an older sibling of the multi-talented Sonata, the Hyundai Azera doesn’t have it easy. Think about the four big brothers in the Jackson 5 who knew they were really members of the Jackson 1+4. Not only is the Sonata Hyundai’s best selling model, with 225,961 sold in 2011, but it’s arguably the brand’s most impressive offering. From the 198 hp, 35 mpg highway GLS whose equipment and performance belie its “base” descriptor, to the 274 hp, 34 mpg highway 2.0T that melds sporty dynamics with small car mileage, the Sonata is a force to be reckoned with. Just ask Accord, Altima, and Camry. And what about the Azera?… See, you’ve already forgotten about it that’s the power of Sonata Effect.
Luxury used to be so simple in this country. Life was demarcated by a series of vehicular gradations from Chevrolet to Oldsmobile, Oldsmobile to Buick and finally, when one had clambered up every last rung of the socioeconomic ladder, Buick to Cadillac. But that was generations ago, a time before German automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz quietly brushed aside makes like Lincoln and Cadillac to establish themselves as the pinnacle of luxury. It was before names like Acura, Infiniti and Lexus elbowed their way up to the luxury buffet as well.
These days, buyers with an eye toward a comfortable, well-equipped vehicle have more options than nearly any other customer thanks to the careful segmentation of the luxury market. Hyundai has long positioned itself as an automaker that knows how to give buyers heaps of content for their dollar, and vehicles like the Genesis and Equus have proven the Korean company can play on the luxury field with the rest of the rear wheel drive bruisers out there. For 2012, the company has sharpened its nearly forgotten Azera to give front wheel drive luxury buyers something else to chew on. With its new exterior, gorgeous cabin, V6 power and a host of standard equipment, the sedan is a natural alternative to hardware like the Toyota Avalon, Buick LaCrosse and Ford.
Hyundai Azera 2013 Price :
Hyundai Azera 2013 Price. – If you’re getting the impression that we like the Azera, you haven’t been led astray. The car feels good to drive, looks stylish enough to hold its head high among some of the segment’s more anonymous contenders and delivers an attractive interior loaded with content. It will also set you back $32,000 plus an $875 destination and handling fee. That’s an ambitious markup over the outgoing Azera, which started at around $25,500, but this is a whole lot more car.
Hyundai Azera 2013 Interior :
Hyundai Azera 2013 Interior. – Details like LED trim work in the headlights and prominent fog lamps also help give the 2012 Azera additional presence up front. Move to the vehicle’s side, and it’s clear the sedan’s contour lines wander less than those found on the Sonata. The rear quarter wears pronounced haunches, and while the chrome strip along the hood line is a bit odd, it doesn’t look out of place on the exterior. The sculpted, wing-like side mirrors are a nice touch as well, as are the standard 18 inch wheels. Buyers may also opt for 19-inch rollers if they so desire.
Around back, the Azera has borrowed a page from the Dodge playbook with an LED taillamp display that stretches across the full width of the vehicle. Otherwise, the Azera boasts a fairly subdued rump, though a pair of integrated chrome bezel exhaust outlets poke through rear valance to help add a bit of substance.
While fluidic sculpture is used throughout Hyundai’s model line, it’s at its best in Hyundai’s sedans, where there’s lots of movement implied in the side view and the upkick of the prominent side crease. In the grille we can see some of the “wave” look of the latest Infinitis, while at the rear of the roofline and across the tail, it’s clearly an homage to the Audi A6. The point at the side mirrors where five different panels join up is a noticeable wart Hyundai did better here in applying its design ethic to the smaller Elantra and to some people there will be a few too many pieces of glimmering chrome brightwork.
Inside, the design is either cutting-edge or a little out there, depending on how you see it. There’s dramatic sculpturing across the dash and even on the steering wheel, and just as in pretty much every other new Hyundai there are angled vents that flank a big LCD screen atop the dash. But it’s functional, you’ll find an iconographic representation of a person for the climate controls and door trim that flows in well coordinated fashion into the dash all aspects we appreciate. We prefer the metallic trim to the woodgrain on beige interior cars, which looks out of place in the swoopy Sonata.
Hyundai Azera 2013 Exterior :
Hyundai Azera 2013 Exterior. – Speaking of those foes, the Azera has them beat, at least on paper. In addition to its direct-injected 293-hp, 255-lb-ft, 3.3-liter V-6 outclassing that of the TL (280 hp, 254 lb-ft) and ES (268, 248), the Azera boasts more passenger (107.0 cubic feet) and cargo volume (16.3) than either, and comparable, if not better, combined fuel economy (23 mpg). At the test track, the smooth 24-valve engine and seamless six-speed automatic collaborated to deliver 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds and the quarter mile in 15.1 seconds at 94.0 mph, placing the Azera behind the Acura (6.2, 14.6 at 96.9) and Lexus (6.3, 14.7 at 97.6), which means the dominance on paper didn’t translate to the pavement. But at least it placed ahead of the last Sonata 2.0T we tested (7.0, 15.4 at 91.5). The Azera’s lateral accel of 0.82 g and 60-0 braking of 120 feet are respectable but not significant in light of the TL (0.83 g, 125 feet), ES (0.80, 117), and Sonata 2.0T (0.81, 123 feet).
Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik says they are transitioning Hyundai from a “Value brand” to a “Valuable brand” (yes, really), and this Azera is intended to help challenge cars like the Acura TL and Lexus ES as well as the Taurus and Avalon. And with no plans for new US production capacity, despite razor-thin inventories, moving the brand upmarket makes sense for Hyundai. And replacing the old dullard of an Azera was a crucial step in that direction.
Hyundai Azera 2013 Engine :
Hyundai Azera 2013 Engine. – Step up to the 2.0T model and you get a somewhat smaller 2.0-liter engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger, providing 274 horsepower. Its 269 lb-ft arrives low in the power band, which thankfully helps this engine work very well with the automatic transmission (the only way to get it) and largely skips the turbo lag completely; although it doesn’t feel as instantly responsive as a V-6, it beats some V-6 models in flat out acceleration. This model comes with shift paddles, too, and is intended as the more economical parallel to upscale V-6 models.
The third powertrain option comes in the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. With it you get a 2.4 liter four with electric motors and a lithium polymer battery pack, plus a high threshold that lets the Sonata Hybrid run on battery power alone at highway speeds. Hyundai says this version will hit 60 mph in 9.2 seconds, well within the acceptable range for a family sedan, while delivering gas mileage of 35/40 mpg. Unlike most full hybrids, like the Ford Fusion Hybrid or Toyota Camry Hybrid, the Sonata Hybrid uses a conventional automatic transmission to change gears. Over a few driving experiences now we’ve found the Sonata Hybrid’s powertrain to lack the smooth transitions of these rivals, though, with some lumpy transitions between gas electric and electric only modes. Source: motortrend.com, thecarconnection.com, Neocarsuv.blogspot.com.