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2012 Hyundai Azera Review
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The 2012 Hyundai Azera is a large, four-door, five-passenger sedan offering quite a bit more luxury than most other cars in its class. The Azera also sees an upgrade in 2012 making it even more stylish and appealing. With standard features such as leather interior and a navigation system, the Azera deserves a second look.
Not only is the Hyndai Azera one of the best looking cars in the large sedan class, it is now one of the most powerful and fuel efficient. As part of the 2012 update, it was fitted with a new V-6 engine that offers more power, while still boasting decent fuel economy at 20/28 mpg city/highway. The Azera also comes with a long list of standard features that are found as options on competitors’ vehicles. Even though the new 2012 model has increased a bit in price, with excellent power, new styling, and new standard features, buyers are likely to find the 2012 Hyundai Azera to be a great value for the money spent.
New For 2012
Hyundai saved the best for last, finally updating the Azera for 2012.
- Complete redesign including more dramatic styling
- Additional standard features such as leather interior and navigation
- More powerful 3.3-liter, V-6 engine
How does Hyundai make one of the most attractive sedans on the market even better? They certainly rose to the challenge with the restyling of the 2012 Hyundai Azera. It has a fluid shape, with great attention paid to the details. Chrome strips run the xenon headlights to the base of the A-pillars and sculpted taillights are joined by a red strip above dual chrome-tipped exhaust pipes. 18-inch wheels are standard for the 2012 Hyundai Azera, but 19-inch wheels are available as an option, as are fog lights. Eight paint color options are available including Venetian Red Pear, Black Onyx Pearl, and Bronze Mist Metallic.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2012 Hyundai Azera has a distinctive two-tier layout with a lighter lower level and a darker upper level that matches the upholstery used throughout the interior. The Azera seats up to five passengers with plenty of legroom in both the front and rear seats. Headroom is good for most passengers in the rear due to carved out recesses above the two side positions. The rear bench seat features a 60/40 split to allow for additional cargo space.
Standard interior options include power windows, mirrors, and door locks, a 10-way power driver seat, heated front and rear seats, a tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-inch touch-screen navigation system with turn-by-turn instructions, cruise control, and an audio system that is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port, and front and rear 12V power outlets. The leather interior is offered in Camel, Chestnut Brown, and Graphite Black.
Safety is very important to Hyundai. Standard safety features included with the 2012 Hyundai Azera are a rearview backup camera, electronic stability and traction control, a brake assist system, anti-lock brakes, and front and rear side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag. Rear parking sensors are available as an option. The 2012 Azera receives the best rating of ""Good"" across the board in crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The 2012 Hyundai Azera receives a new, 3.3-liter, V-6 engine. This upgraded engine provides 293 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that includes a manual shift mode. The range of gear ratios provided by the transmission allows for quick acceleration from a stop, as well as plenty of power for passing comfortably when at speed.
The electric-power steering provides for smooth and confident handling, while the four-wheel independent suspension provides a smooth ride over most road surfaces. Rougher terrain can cause the ride to be bumpy, and the steering may not be as responsive as liked by some drivers. Considering the power of the engine, as well as the size of the car, the EPA ratings for the powertrain of the 2012 Hyundai Azera are good at 20/30 mpg city/highway.
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